Vivid waterbodies for vivid cities

Urban Waters is a network of researchers, planners and practitioners that looks at the ecological potential of streams, ponds, rivers and lakes in cities. As an interdisciplinary research network based in Berlin, it connects local, national and international stakeholders. Urban Waters looks at river revitalisation and river basin management in urban contexts, taking into account the interactions of freshwater ecology and biodiversity with water management, climate adaptation, recreation, public health and urban design.


Urban Waters at River Film Fest Munich 2020

The film "UPRIVER" takes a look at the city of Portland and its Willamette River. A river on the west coast of the United States, but with problems similar to many of its European cousins ​​in industrialized regions. In his film, Jeremy Monroe shows how river bathing, rainwater management and tree planting works with students in a common direction: to make the river and its banks public again, to improve ecological quality and to bring the river back into the consciousness of the city.Read more


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