Vivid waterbodies for vivid cities

The interdisciplinary research network connects local, national and international stakeholder, active in the field of restoration ecology, biodiversity and recreation research in aquatic urban environments. To do so, we develop an information platform to bring knowledge and experience in restoration and recreation ecology together, organise information events, create material and also encourage new research questions to restore urban waters.


Become a network partner

The interdisciplinary research network welcomes everyone. Become a partner if you are interested in waterbodies, their use and biodiversity in urban areas.

The focus is on recreation, the ecological potential of waters, ecosystem services and the related social aspects regarding the equity of the access to water.Read more


Workshop Urban Waters

We are glad to announce our Workshop on Urban Waters on November 27th in Berlin-Mitte. On this occasion Tobias Schäfer, the coordinator of the urban waters research network at the IGB and successor to Jörg Freyhof, will also present himself in this role.

The aim of the workshop is to exchange information on ongoing activities of the partners and to discuss the alignment of the research network in the next years. Find our agenda attached.Read more


Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

Read the full article of the study here.Read more


8th "Dialog am Müggelsee" on December 11th 2018

Rivers, lakes and ponds make urban areas such as Berlin particularly worth living in. Purpose and use of the waters are manifold: they serve as a waterway, as a space for recreation and leisure activities, as a habitat for animals and plants, for drinking water or as sewage outfall, also the waters are often integrated into complex urban planning regulations. At the 8th "Dialog am Müggelsee" on Tuesday, December 11th 2018, the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) will focus on the ecological aspects of urban waters.

A registration is required. Find more here.Read more


Review: World Fish Migration Day on April 21th 2018

On April 21th 2018 we organized an event as part of the World Fish Migration Day 2018 next to a fish ladder at river Panke in Berlin. We informed people about fish migration and the importance of barrier-free streams and answered many questions about river Panke, its fish and the meaning of the World Fish Migration Day. Besides our exhibition on migratory fish especially kids were interested in our small fish tank where we showed three local fish species of river Panke. Find attached some pictures of the event.Read more