Demosites


Africa

CAPACITY BUILDING IN ECOHYDROLOGY AND PROMOTION OF ECOHYDROLOGY DEMONSTRATION SITE PRACTICES ON RIBB WATERSHED & LAKE TANA SHORE

  • Ribb watershed is located in Lake Tana Sub Basin, NW part of Ethiopia, in Amhara Regional State. Ribb watershed has a total drainage area of 1790 km² and the main Ribb river is about 129.7 km long, flowing towards the west until it reaches Lake Tana.
  • The watershed demonstrates severe land degradation. The problem has been long aged and deep rooted, as the watershed is one of the aged agricultural areas. The long aged agricultural activities resulted in progressive depletion on resources through haphazard deforestation, overgrazing and over cultivation and hence sever soil erosion and land degradation.
  • This project aims to establish a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Lake Tana -For People & Nature.

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Country: Ethiopia

Contact

  • Name: Yohannes Z. Negussie
  • Email: yhnnszerihun@gmail.com
  • Organization: Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Addis Ababa
  • Website: http://www,mowr.gov.et

ECOHYDROLOGY SYSTEMIC SOLUTION FOR RESTORATION OF THE BURKITU RESERVOIR AS AN ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY SOURCE FOR THE ASELLA CITY POPULATION (ETHIOPIA)

  • Located in Oromia Regional State, inside the Ashebeka river basin in Ethiopia. The Asella town is situated 175 km south-east of Addis Ababa on a sloping plateau between Mt. Chilalo and the Rift Valley escarpment.
  • The Asella Lake’s (or Burkitu Reservoir with earth fill dam gross capacity of 250,000 m3) usage has been abandoned since it caused disease among the people from its high rate of dioxin pollution (fig.1).
  • This project is in cooperation with MoWIE (Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia).

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Country: Ethiopia

Contact

  • Name: Yohannes Z. Negussie
  • Email: yhnnszerihun@gmail.com
  • Organization: Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Addis Ababa and European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology
  • Website: http://www.mowr.gov.et/

ECOHYDROLOGY AS THE FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE UTILISATION OF WATER IN THE NAIVASHA BASIN (KENYA)

  • Lake Naivasha (fig. 1) is the second largest freshwater lake after Lake Victoria in Kenya. Drainage from two perennial rivers, the Malewa (Nyandarua Mountains) river and the Gilgil river (Rift Valley escarpment ridges).
  • Lake Naivasha is surrounded by the major source of cut flowers and vegetables in Kenya (productivity of export crops: 1,4-2,1 t per year).
  • This project is funded by European retailer buyers of flowers from Lake Naivasha and additionally, Lake Naivasha is a RAMSAR site since 1995 (over 300 species of birds).

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Country: Kenya

Contact

  • Name: David Harper
  • Email: dmh@le.ac.uk
  • Organization: University of Leicester
  • Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/

Asia and the Pacific

DEVELOPING FIT-FOR-PURPOSE TOOLS TO ADDRESS COMPLEX SOCIAL, ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES IN WATER PLANNING (THE MURRAY-DARLING BASIN, AUSTRALIA)

  • The River Murray is the life blood of the 1,7 million inhabitants South Autralian population and its economy. The area stretches from the river channel from the Victorian border including Lakes Alexandrina and Albert.
  • The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia’s most important agricultural region accounting for over 39% of Australia’s gross value in agricultural production.
  • There are 16 RAMSAR significant sites as in particular, Chowilla Floodplain, the River Channel, the Coorong and Murray Mouth.

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Country: Australia

Contact

  • Name: Poh-Ling Tan
  • Email: p.tan@griffith.edu.au
  • Organization: Griffith Law School
  • Website: https://www.griffith.edu.au

DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY WATER MANAGEMENT IN PERI-URBAN LANDSCAPES(WESTERN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)

  • The Hawkesbury­Nepean catchment area runs from Lake George in the South, to beyond Lithgow out west, follow the foothills of the Blue Mountains into the Hawkesbury region and pours out to sea at Broken Bay.
  • The South Creek catchment (fig.1) provides water services to its inhabitants and dwellings which are expected to increase respectively by 40% and 25% from 2011 to 2030.
  • The UNU Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (Greater Western Sydney) has research groups focused on the studies of the site.

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Country: Australia

Contact

  • Name: Professor Basant Maheshwari
  • Email: b.maheshwari@westernsydney.edu.au
  • Organization: Western Sydney University
  • Website: http://www.uws.edu.au/

LINKAGE OF WETLAND ECOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY WITH THE SUPPORT OF INFORMATION TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSING THE DEGRADED INLAND FRESHWATER WETLAND HABITAT IN SANJIANG PLAIN (NORTHEAST CHINA)

  • The Honghe region is located in the northeast Sanjiang Plain in Heilongjiang Province including four portions: the Honghe National Nature Reserve (HNNR) and three farms. The Sanjiang Plain has the most representative density of inland freshwater wetlands in China.
  • 90% of marsh wetland has been lost from 1975 to 2006 and its area declined sharply around the three main farming businesses of the demosite which intensively use water from wetlands and groundwater.
  • HNNR is listed in the Ramsar Convention with High Biodiversity Status.

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Country: China

Contact

  • Name: Demin ZHOU
  • Email: zhoudemin@neigae.ac.cn
  • Organization: College of Resources Environment and Tourism (CNU)
  • Website: http://english.neigae.cas.cn/

MANAGEMENT OF REGIONAL WATER RESOURCES LINKED WITH MAINTAINING OF WETLAND BIODIVERSITY IN THE SUBURBAN AREA OF METROPOLITAN BEIJING (CHINA)

  • The Yanking district includes river Hai catchment which lies in the plain suburban area in Beijing. Guishi river goes into the Guanting Reservoir which lost its main function of water supply due to water quality degradation.
  • The groundwater supports nearly 70 % of the total water resources for local use and thus the regional mean groundwater depth decreased by 1,52m in 20 years.
  • Wild Duck Lake Wetland became a natural reserve area in 2000. It is an important habitat for migratory birds (fig1).

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Country: China

Contact

  • Name: Demin Zhou
  • Email: zhoudemin@neigae.ac.cn
  • Organization: College of Resources Environment and Tourism (CNU)
  • Website: http://english.neigae.cas.cn/

SAGULING RESERVOIR, THE UPPER CITARUM RIVER BASIN, INDONESIA

  • Located on the Cibitung River Catchment, one of tributaries in the Upper Citarum River basin with the Saguling Reservoir as the outlet point.
  • Principal regulating services are waste-water treatment, biological control, erosion prevention and maintenance of soil fertility among others. Tourism as cultural service is also relevant.
  • The Cibitung River is of vital importance for West Java Province and Jakarta, in terms of economic development and the prosperity of the people.

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Country: Indonesia

Contact

  • Name: Dr. Ignasius Sutapa
  • Email: ignasdas@gmail.com
  • Organization: Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology
  • Website: http://apce.lipi.go.id/

INTEGRATED CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT OF PUTRAJAYA LAKE AND WETLAND (MALAYSIA)

  • Putrajaya Lake and wetland catchment (fig.1) are located in Putrajaya Federal Territory within the Langat River Basin area in Malaysia. The lake is at the southern part of the wetland.
  • Putrajaya Lake (fig.2) is an urban lake in which its foreshores are the most popular resource for informal recreation as a waterfront city.
  • Putrajaya Eco-hydrology Management won the Excellent Award in the Green City Award Category of the Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA) 2012 and a Gold Award of The International Awards for Liveable Communities 2012.

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Country: Malaysia

Contact

  • Name: Rahmah Elfithri
  • Email: elfith_ukm@yahoo.com
  • Organization: Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
  • Website: http://www.putrajaya.gov.my

UNDERSTANDING ECOHYDROLOGICAL CONNECTIVITY IN MULTIPLE CATCHMENTS TO CONSERVE GROUNDWATER, PROTECT SURFACE WATER AND CONTAIN RISKS IN A GLOBALIZING CITY, DAVAO CITY (PHILIPPINES)

  • Davao City is one of the Philippines' most progressive cities which contains 8 watersheds. Davao, Talomo and Lipadas rivers are critical areas.
  • The coastal aquifers of Talomo and Lipadas watersheds provide 99% of the supply volume of the city’s water district which in turn serves 57% of the water consumption of the whole city. All the eight river systems are for domestic, agricultural (15,000 hectares of banana and pineapple plantations and fruit farms), and industrial uses.
  • The Davao City side of Mt. Apo Natural Park is about 11,131 ha and shared by the Lipadas, Talomo and Sibulan watersheds.

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Country: Philippines

Contact

  • Name: Ruth Gamboa
  • Email: ruthupmin@yahoo.com
  • Organization: University of the Philippines Mindanao
  • Website: http://www.upmin.edu.ph/

Europe and North America

SUSTAINABLE ESTUARINE ZONE MANAGEMENT FOR CONTROL OF EUTROPHICATION, TOXIC BLOOMS AND CONSERVATION BIODIVERSITY IN THE KAŠTELA BAY (CROATIA, ADRIATIC SEA)

  • Kaštela Bay is one of the largest bays on the eastern Adriatic coast. Most of the freshwater enters the bay from the River Jadro (average annual inflow of 10 m³/s) and from numerous submarine springs.
  • Until 2005, the Bay received high quantities of organic matter and nutrients due to the discharge of untreated sewage waters from multiple rivers especially from the river Jadro.
  • ECO Project is the Integral Project of Kaštela Bay Protection and it is one of the widest ecological project in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Seas.

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Country: Croatia

Contact

  • Name: Ivona Marasovic
  • Email: marasovic@izor.hr
  • Organization: Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
  • Website: www.izor.hr

CONSTRUCTED POROUS RIFFLE IN THE URBAN PERIPHERY OF LYON (FRANCE)

  • The Yzeron river basin is 147 km2 in area with a population is of 144 000 inhabitants (1 354 000 for Lyon metropolitan).
  • Demosites are located N45°44’38.50’’–E4°41’24.49’’ and N45°45’28.24’’–E4°45’04.09’’ on seasonal rivers.
  • This project focuses on the enhancement of natural regulating services by increasing local biodegradation capacity of soils and stream sediments to trap and naturally process polluted waters delivered by urban sewage systems.
  • The demosites are part of the Field Observatory for Urban Water Management (http://www.graie.org/othu/index.htm) itself included in the European-LTER network (https://data.lter-europe.net/deims/site/czo_eu_fr_030).

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Country: France

Contact

  • Name: Pascal Breil
  • Email: pascal.breil@irstea.fr
  • Organization: IRSTEA- Riverly research unit
  • Website: www.irstea.fr

ECOHYDROLOGICAL ANALYSES IN THE LOWLAND RIVER CATCHMENT KIELSTAU, GERMANY, FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND EDUCATION IN RURAL LANDSCAPES (GERMANY)

  • The rural Kielstau catchment (50 km²) is located in northern Germany in a lowland area.
  • The Kielstau river’s water quality is strongly influenced by agriculture. Land use is dominated by grain, corn, rape and pasture; 38% of agricultural land is artificially drained (Fig.1).
  • The Kielstau river is part of the flora fauna habitat directive (92/43/CEE), and nature conservation areas are used for moderate grazing.

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Country: Germany

Contact

  • Name: Nicola Fohrer
  • Email: nfohrer@hydrology.uni-kiel.de
  • Organization: Institute for Natural Resource Conservation, Kiel University
  • Website: http://www.uni-kiel.de/

SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PLANS IN THE TIBER RIVER BASIN FOR ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION, MINIMUM INSTREAM FLOWS REGULATION AND THE TRASIMENO LAKE ECOSYSTEM PRESERVATION (ITALY)

  • The length of the Tiber River is 405 km. Almost 90% of the Tiber River Basin is covered by the regions of Umbria and Lazio. More than 4 million people living in the basin of which 80% in the Province of Rome.
  • The basin is mainly characterized by small farms and a leading sector in the Tiber valley is hydropower generation plants concentrated in the Nera River basin.
  • Trasimeno Lake is a shallow lake which could host rare species but it is also a well-known touristic area. Since 2006, the lake is part of the international "Living Lakes".

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Country: Italy

Contact

  • Name: Stefano Casadei
  • Email: casadei@unipg.it
  • Organization: University of Perugia
  • Website: www.unipg.it

DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECOHYDROLOGY CONCEPT FOR REDUCTION CYANOBACTERIAL BLOOMS IN A MAN-MADE RESERVOIR (PILICA RIVER CATCHMENT, POLAND)

  • The Sulejów Reservoir is a shallow and eutrophic artificial reservoir built in 1974, situated in the middle course of the Pilica River in central Poland.
  • The Sulejów Reservoir was used as a drinking water reservoir for the Łódź agglomeration until 2004, and currently, it mitigates flood and drought. It is also an important recreational site (fig.1).
  • The Pilica River is the LTSER Platform of the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network (LTER-Eu). LIFE+ EKOROB project ‘‘Ecotones for the reduction of diffuse pollution’’ (LIFE08 ENV/PL/000519) are located in the catchment of the Sulejow Reservoir.

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Country: Poland

Contact

  • Name: Maciej Zalewski
  • Email: mzal@biol.uni.lodz.pl
  • Organization: European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology
  • Website: www.erce.unesco.lodz.pl

ECOHYDROLOGY BASED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT AND CITY PLANNING FOR HUMAN HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (CITY OF LODZ, POLAND) - NER RIVER

  • Łódź is the second biggest city in Poland with 768,755 inhabitants. There are 18 small streams flowing through Łódź. The Ner River is a tributary of the Warta River (fig.1); The Ner River receives treated wastewater from Łódź and its surroundings. Water purification and production of raw materials are two main ecosystem services of the demosite.;
  • At Łódź , there are two current projects: EU SWITCH project (GOCE 018530), EHREK (LIFE08 ENV/PL/000517).

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Country: Poland

Contact

  • Name: Magdalena Urbaniak
  • Email: m.urbaniak@erce.unesco.lodz.pl
  • Organization: European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology
  • Website: www.erce.unesco.lodz.pl

ECOHYDROLOGY BASED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT AND CITY PLANNING FOR HUMAN HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (CITY OF LODZ, POLAND) - SOKOLOWKA RIVER

  • Łódź is the second biggest city in Poland with 768,755 inhabitants. There are 18 small streams flowing through Łódź.
  • The Sokolowka River flows across the northern part of Łódź and is supplied with about 50 stormwater outlets. The middle and lower section of the river valley has maintained patches of meadows, wetlands and forests (semi­natural environment)
  • The ecohydrological river rehabilitation took part in three projects: EU SWITCH project (GOCE 018530), EHREK (LIFE08 ENV/PL/000517), Blue-Green Network (City of Łódź).

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Country: Poland

Contact

  • Name: Iwona Wagner
  • Email: iwwag@biol.uni.lodz.pl
  • Organization: European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology
  • Website: www.erce.unesco.lodz.pl

SUSTAINABLE ESTUARINE ZONE MANAGEMENT FOR CONTROL OF EUTROPHICATION, TOXIC BLOOMS, INVASIVE SPECIES AND CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY (GUADIANA ESTUARY, PORTUGAL)

  • Guadiana River Basin is the 4th largest basin in the Iberian Peninsula: 83% in Spain and 17% in Portugal.
  • There exists 1824 dams in the basin. The Guadiana estuary and the coastal areas are affected by the biggest one called the Alqueva dam. It modified the hydrological regime of the estuary and also its ecological functions reducing the ecosystem service of water regulation.
  • There are three main protected areas in Guadiana estuary and its floodplains: RAMSAR site, National Reserve, Special Protection Zone (ZPE), Important Bird Area.

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Country: Portugal

Contact

  • Name: Luis Chicharo
  • Email: luis.chicharo@icce-unesco.org
  • Organization: International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology
  • Website:

ADAPTIVE WATER MANAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO HYDRO-CLIMATIC CHANGE EFFECTS ON ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND BIODIVERSITY OF THE SWEDISH NORRSTRÖM DRAINAGE BASIN (SWEDEN)

  • The Norrström drainage basin is a low­land coastal basin including the capital Stockholm: it is the most densely populated region of Sweden with more than 1,5 million people.
  • The basin consists of 4% built­-up areas, 36% agricultural and open land, 49% forest, 1,5% wetlands and 9,5% inland waters. Lake Mälaren (fig.1) is the only water supply for Stockholm.
  • The Baltic Sea and the Stockholm archipelago are impacted ecosytems.

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Country: Sweden

Contact

  • Name: Georgia Destouni
  • Email: georgia.destouni@natgeo.su.se
  • Organization: Stockholm Univertsity
  • Website: www.zoologi.su.se/ekoklim/study_region.html

Latin America and the Caribbean

LÁCAR LAKE BASIN: IMPROVING LAND USE POLICIES BASED ON AN ECOHYDROLOGICAL APPROACH SAN MARTÍN DE LOS ANDES - NEUQUÉN (ARGENTINA)

  • The demosite belongs to the Lácar Lake and Huahum River Basin (Province of Neuquén).
  • Several streams and rivers drain from headwaters to the Lacar Lake. The outlet is conveyed as runoff by the Huahum/Valdivia River to the Pacific Ocean. The Pocahullo river crosses the City of San Martín de los Andes (26.000 inh) and drains the East part of the basin, equivalent to 20% of whole surface.
  • 700,000 tourists visit National Parks Lanín and Nahuel Huapi. In fact, most of the watershed is under the administration of these two parks.

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Country: Argentina

Contact

  • Name: Marcelo Gaviño Novillo
  • Email: magavino@gmail.com
  • Organization: National University of La Plata and Municipality of SMA
  • Website: http://www.unlp.edu.ar/

RESTORATION OF VICTORIA POND WETLAND HABITAT IN HISTORIC GEORGE TOWN, GREAT EXUMA FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT TO CONTROL POLLUTION AND ENHANCE NEAR SHORE FISH HABITAT (BAHAMAS)

  • Great Exuma is the largest island in the Exuma island chain, with just fewer than 8,000 people living on the island in six major settlements. George Town is the largest and oldest settlement, located at the southwestern shore of Elizabeth Harbour. Victoria Pond is the largest wetland complex in Elizabeth Harbour;
  • Ecosystem services are linked to coastal ecology – protection of near-shore environment to support fish production and reduce flooding in George Town – degraded by the destruction of coastal wetlands (mangrove habitats).
  • There is one on-going program involving the restoration of Victoria Pond called Ramsar Caribbean Wetlands Initiative.

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Country: Bahamas

Contact

  • Name: John A. Bowleg
  • Email: wcjbowleg@wsc.com.bs
  • Organization: The Water and Sewerage Corporation of the Bahamas
  • Website: http://www.wsc.com.bs/

A METHODOLOGY TO ESTIMATE COMPENSATORY RUNOFF IN COSTA RICA, RANA-ICE STUDY

  • The area is divided into three basins: Reventazon River (a), Savegre River (b) and Térraba River Basins (c).
  • The Térraba River Basin corresponds to 10% of the total area of Costa Rica. All are important for consumptive and non­consumptive uses, especially for transport, cattle and fishing.
  • There are many conservation areas like La Amistad Conservation Area and National Wetland Terraba - Sierpe.

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Country: Costa Rica

Contact

  • Name: Anny Chaves Quiros
  • Email: achaves@ice.go.cr
  • Organization: Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad
  • Website: www.grupoice.com

RECOVERING THE ANCESTRAL WATER SYSTEM OF LOS PALTAS WITH ECOHYDROLOGICAL APPROACH TO SUPPLY WATER TO THE CITY OF CATACOCHA IN SOUTHERN ECUADOR

  • The San Pedro Mártir microbasin is located in the Paltas canton, in southern Ecuador. It has a total surface of 31 km2 and provides 70% of water to the city of Catacocha.
  • The ancestral hydrological system of the Paltas based on lentic wetlands (albarradas) and small dams (tajamares) to recharge the aquifers was abandoned by the Spanish colonists and local people to use the land for livestock and agriculture.
  • The restauration of the ancestral knowledge and watershed management, has allowed to improve the water supply from 1 to 6 hours per day.
  • Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (Ecuador - Peru) UNESCO Forests of Peace Catacocha is a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador. The management model won the First Place of the Green Award from the Ecuadorian Development Bank in 2017.

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Country: Ecuador

Contact

  • Name: Ramiro Maita
  • Email: info@paltas.gob.ec
  • Organization: Municipio de Paltas
  • Website: www.paltas.gob.ec

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