Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation
Europe's environment is in an alarming state, with climate change expected to further aggravate the situation. This poses severe threats to economic prosperity, human wellbeing and social peace – our society needs systemic transformative change.
Ecosystem restoration is key to this change, and freshwaters play an important role: the restoration of streams, rivers, peatlands and wetlands has a long tradition and offers an extensive knowledge base – freshwaters are ideal demonstrators of the necessary change.
The MERLIN project commits to transformative ecosystem restoration, mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions for the urgent systemic change of our society.
How could Europe restore its nature?
Final vote of the EU Parliament in early 2024
Early 2024, the European Parliament will take a final vote on the ‘Nature Restoration Law’ (NRL), a globally unique but hotly debated regulation that aims to halt and reverse biodiversity loss in Europe. An international team of scientists led by the University of Duisburg-Essen investigated the prospects of the new regulation. The article is published on 15 December in the Science Magazine.
MERLIN INNOVATION AWARDS 2024
Are you a company with an innovative product or service for freshwater ecosystems?
The MERLIN project is offering a monthy webinar-series on (freshwater) restoration-related topics, which are open and free for anyone to join.
Next webinar #20: March 04, 2024, 15h (CET)
How does agriculture affect river ecology? Christian Schürings (University of Duisburg-Essen)
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MERLIN is a "research and innovation action" funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement No 101036337.