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.


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).Read more


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


Review Workshop „Small waterbodies in urban areas“ on 26.06.2017

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.Read more