Rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and other aquatic environments are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. They are also those most threatened by human activities. These river networks also provide essential ecosystem services – such as drinking water, food and climate regulation – that enhance society’s well-being.
Today, scientists estimate that more than half of the world’s river networks are going dry, a phenomenon that is worsening dramatically around the planet.
A multidisciplinary consortium coordinated by INRAE of 25 partners from 11 countries (in Europe and South America, as well as China and the United States) – will explore for a four-year period how the drying effects of climate change alter the biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services of drying river networks.
The aim of the DRYvER (Securing biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services in DRYing riVER networks) is to collect, analyse and model data from nine case studies in Europe and South America to create a novel global meta-system approach that incorporates hydrology, socio-economics, ecology and biogeochemistry. Another goal of DRYvER is to craft strategies, tools and recommendations for adaptive management of river networks.
DRYvER is supported by the Horizon 2020 program funded by the European Commission.