Euro-limpacs is undergoing a transformation...

In February 2009, the Euro-limpacs project came to an end. Euro-limpacs that was concerned with the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on both the physical and ecological characteristics of European freshwater ecosystems. In addition to furthering understanding of the way aquatic ecosystems respond to direct and indirect climate change impacts, the output from Euro-limpacs was of practical relevance for the development of policies and implementation strategies needed to protect aquatic and riparian wetland ecosystems especially with respect to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, the EU Habitats Directive, the Ramsar Convention, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and other national and international conventions and protocols.

However, it has been recognised that the measures that need to be taken to restore freshwater ecosystems to good ecological health or to sustain priority species as required by EU Directives need to be designed either to adapt to future climate change or to mitigate the effects of climate. Generating the scientific understanding that enables such measures to be implemented successfully is the principal focus of a new Project, Refresh, which started in February 2010. This will build firmly on the foundations laid down in Euro-limpacs.

Output from Euro-limpacs (including answers to the key research questions and access to Project deliverables) will be incorporated into the Refresh website

For any further information please contact Martin Kernan.