Healthy waters for liveable cities

Urban Waters is a network of researchers, planners and practitioners that looks at the ecological potentials of streams, ponds, rivers and lakes in cities. Based at IGB Berlin, it connects local, national and international stakeholders as an interdisciplinary network with a focus on applied research. Our main research interest lies in river revitalisation, conservation of freshwater ecosystems 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.


Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

Read the full article of the study here.


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.


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


New booklet on urban environmental protection

Find attached the latest booklet "Urbaner Umweltschutz - die strategische Forschungsagenda des Umweltbundesamtes" (in German).


Review: Travelling Conference in China, October 20th to 28th 2017

In the first half of 2017, we successfully applied for a BMBF-funded project to establish the cooperation between German universities, research institutes and partners in China. We realized the project in October 2017 and travelled to China for our one week “Travelling Conference”. Our objective was to gain insight into the concepts and projects on urban waters in China and to identify new partners who could be considered for a joint application for an EU Horizon 2020 project.Read more