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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-01-01 - 2020-12-31

The main aim of ResCules is the development of practicable methods for the collection and evaluation of cultural ecosystem services (CES) of restored river stretches. This includes both the identification of meaningful criteria and indicators, as well as the further development of a non-monetary assessment method and its testing on three case studies. To date, there is no standardized approach to assessing restoration measures in terms of their added value with regard to socio-cultural aspects. The approach developed here aims to providing a practicable method of systematically assessing cultural CES based on existing data. As a result, the developed method will also be applicable to other watercourses and be included in monitoring and evaluation processes of river restoration projects. Also, based on the identification of socio-cultural criteria for successful river restoration, within ResCules recommendations for future restoration and monitoring processes will be formulated.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-12-01 - 2020-02-29

The overall objective of this project is to generate scientific foundations in order to strengthen the technical and institutional capacities for sustainable management of wetlands of transboundary relevance in the Nile Basin. Specific goals of the project include: 1. Nile Basin / Level of river basin planning: The knowledge basis for sustainable management, based on an ecosystem approach of wetlands of transboundary relevance in the Nile Basin wetlands is available. 2. SUDD wetland / Level of wetland management: In the South Sudan subbasin of the Nile Basin, detailed plans for the management of wetlands of transboundary relevance are in place. 
 3. Capacity development and networking: The lessons learned from implementing the project are compiled and action-related information is disseminated via national, regional and international networks, platforms and training measures.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-11-14 - 2020-02-13

On behalf of the Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde, a study is carried out at the fish-pass Malliß (River Elde), which assesses different methods for monitoring the fish migration. The surveys will be carried out over a period of 10 months using different fish migration assessment methods. The Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management participates in assessing migration patterns via eDNA samples. The data will be compared with those of other methods and will contribute to the development of a methodological standard for the biological function control of fish migration systems on federal waterways.

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