Project name WetlandMonitor
Objective Objective 3.1
Priority Natural and cultural resources
Aim Wetlands in Europe (and worldwide) are under extreme pressure. Fighting the degradation of water quantity and quality as well as stopping the loss of wetland habitats are a pressing need. Different political actions (e.g. Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC) have been taken to improve the quality of water resources and wetlands. This includes a focus on wetlands in nature conservation activities. Many habitats of common interest included in the NATURA 2000 regulations are wetlands like lakes, rivers, mires and wet grassland.
Implementing these policies and regulations on the local level provides shared challenges for the management of protected areas across Europe. This includes:
Developing integrated strategies for local management that reflect different policy actions regarding wetlands and their sustainable use (e.g. WFD, Natura 2000, CAP)
Harmonizing integrated strategies and tools for local wetland management across Europe
Reliable identification and documentation of small wetlands habitats (e.g. oxbow and kettle lakes) or wetlands in hard or inaccessible areas (e.g. high mountain ranges)
Monitoring and reporting obligations regarding habitat quality
Developing, communicating and implementing conservation measures
Evaluation and improvement of conservation measures (e.g. wetland restoration and mire rehydration)
Valorisation of existing knowledge on local wetlands for management and nature based tourism
Results Wetland Monitor harmonizes and improves the management of wetlands in protected areas in central Europe. The project will provide integrated strategies and tools to fulfill regular monitoring and reporting obligations of protected wetlands. These pilot solutions will be jointly tested in National Parks and Biosphere Reserves. Pilot actions will include capacity building and knowledge transfer on the local level to improve sustainable use and the implementation of conservation measures on wetlands in case study areas.

The project starts from European (WFD, Natura2000) and local directives, countryspecific implementation of rules, guidelines and specifications but often similar problems: lack of frequent data, lack of site data.
Duration 36 months
Partners involved Scientific institutions:
Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development (Germany)
Warsaw University of Life Science (Poland)
Technical University Berlin (Germany)
Luftbild, Planung, Umwelt Potsdam (Germany)
EURAC Research Bolzano-Bozen (Italy)
WasserCluster Lunz (Austria) (to be confirmed)

Local management authorities:
Biebrza National Park (Poland) linked with Warsaw University of Life Science
Park Krajobrazowy Dolina Dolny Odry (Poland) linked with Eberswalde University
Müritz-Nationalpark (Germany) linked with Technical University Berlin
Provinzverwaltung Südtirol (Italy) linked with Eurac Bozen
Park Skocian Caves (Slovenia) (to be confirmed)
Riserva Naturale della Foce dell'Isonzo (Italy) (to be confirmed)
Sumava National Park (Czech Republic) (to be confirmed)
Partners requested Scientific partners from Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Management authorities of nature protection areas from Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
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