AQUACROSS – Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies


Manuel Lago

CESAM Responsible researcher

António José Arsénia Nogueira


Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programm


01/06/2015 - 30/11/2018

Funding for CESAM

479245 €

Total Funding

6343613 €

Proponent Institution

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH, Germany

Participating Institutions

  • Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), France
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO), The Netherlands
  • Fundacion IMDEA AGUA (IMDEA AGUA), Spain
  • Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU), Wien, Austria
  • ACTeon SARL (ACTeon), France
  • The University of Liverpool (ULIV), UK
  • Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (RBINS), Belgique
  • University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholms Universitet, Sweden
  • Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Delta Dunarii (INCDDD), Romania
  • Eidgenoessische Anstalt fuer Wasserversorgung Abwasserreinigung und Gew (EAWAG), Swiss
  • Bureau de Representation aupres de L'Union Europeenne AISBL (UICN EURO), Belgium
  • BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change - Klima Aldaketa Ikergai (BC3), Spain


AQUACROSS aims to support EU efforts to enhance the resilience and stop the loss of biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems as well as to ensure the ongoing and future provision of aquatic ecosystem services. It focuses on advancing the knowledge base and application of the ecosystem-based management concept for aquatic ecosystems by developing cost effective measures and integrated management practices. AQUACROSS considers the EU policy framework (i.e. goals, concepts, time frames) for aquatic ecosystems and builds on knowledge stemming from different sources (i.e. WISE, BISE, Member State reporting, modelling) to develop innovative management tools, concepts, and business models (i.e. indicators, maps, ecosystem assessments, participatory approaches, mechanisms for promoting the delivery of ecosystem services) for aquatic ecosystems at various scales. It thereby provides an unprecedented effort to unify policy concepts, knowledge, and management concepts of freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems to support the cost-effective achievement of the targets set out by the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.

CESAM members in the project

Ana Isabel Lillebo Batista

Investigadora Principal com Agregação

Maria de Fátima Lopes Alves

Professora Associada com Agregação