Knowledge, Assessment and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Across European Union Policies


Aquatic ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and home to a diverse array of species and habitats, which provide numerous economic and societal benefits to Europe. Many of these valuable ecosystems are at risk of being irreversibly damaged by human activities and pressures, including pollution, contamination, invasive species, overfishing and climate change. These pressures threaten the sustainability of these ecosystems, their provision of ecosystem services and ultimately human well-being.

AQUACROSS project supports policy makers in Europe to protect aquatic biodiversity and to ensure the provision of aquatic ecosystem services to the society.

AQUACROSS seeks to advance the application of ecosystem-based management for aquatic ecosystems in an effort to support international conservation targets. In this regard, AQUACROSS aims to develop an assessment framework which considers the full array of interactions, including human activities, within aquatic ecosystems.



2015 - 2018

30% Complete



AQUACROSS contributes to:

  • SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation, by providing effective methods on management measures to ensure water quality and maintain the water ecosystem’s functions;
  • SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities, as water ecosystems and biodiversity are the key pillars to their development;
  • SDG 12 Responsible production and consumption, by promoting the access to relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature;
  • SDG 14 Life below water, by promoting the sustainable management and protection of the marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, strengthening their resilience and taking actions for restoration;
  • SDG 15 Life on land, by improving conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial, inland freshwater and coastal ecosystems and their services.



This project is funded by the European Union's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD).

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