GENESIS: developing new tools to manage groundwater and dependent ecosystems
Groundwater resources face increasing pressure from consumption and pollution. This project developed methods and tools for integrated groundwater management and monitoring in Europe.
European Commission FP7 programme
Human land use and water consumption are affecting groundwater quality and quantity in many parts of the world. This affects dependent communities and wetland and riverine ecosystems. There are major concerns about future availability of this resource in a world with increasing demand for food and animal protein requiring large amounts of water.
This project brought together 25 partners with different specialisms, from 17 countries. We studied European groundwater systems in their bio-physical, ecological, socio-economic and legal context, to understand:
- How ecosystems depend on groundwater.
- How pollutants travel from source to recipient ecosystems.
- How land-use and climate changes affect groundwater.
- How stakeholders and end-users can better manage and monitor groundwater systems.
Our analysis provided input to revision of the EU Groundwater Directive, including guidelines for ecosystem protection and monitoring, indicators to test vulnerability and best management practices to reduce pollution.
Project lead(s)Andrew Allan
External team members
Norsk Institutt for Biookonomi (NIBIO)
University of Oulu
Joanneum Research Institute
Lulea TEchnical University
University of Bucharest
Institut National de Recherche pour l'Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement
Stichting Wageningen Research
Helmholtz Centre, Leipzig
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
University of Neuchatel
Athens University of Economics and Business
University of Manchester
Christian Albrechts University, Kiel
University of Bologna