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Biodiversity and the management of urban green play an important role for the recovery and health care of the urban population. Waters play a central role here. But what about the more than 400 urban ponds, small lakes and ditches in Berlin?

In addition to their outstanding role in local recreation, urban ponds are particularly important for the preservation of biodiversity. They have a positive effect on the urban climate and serve for sustainable rainwater management.

The Research Network on Urban Waters has examined the situation of small waterbodies in Berlins districts on 26.06.2017 in a workshop. Actors from public authorities, administration and science discussed the challenges as well as possible options for action and research questions in order to promote the sustainable development of small urban waterbodies.

It turned out that the lack and quality of water dominate the attention of the actors in Berlin, the focu8s is on preservation and rehabilitation. Waters are still rarely seen as an opportunity to make the city districts more attractive. As a result, hardly any new ones are created and access to water is not expanded for the population.

Enclosed you find the list of participants and some of the presentations for download.

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