Natural ponds crucial for both biodiversity and climate


A new EU-project will examine the importance of natural ponds. 

The project PONDERFUL has received a budget of 6 993 407 Euro. PONDERFUL is a new EU project that will examine the importance of ponds in relation to biodiversity and climate change. 

18 partners from all over Europe (including one in Urugway) will cooperate in the project and Malgorzata Blicharka is responsible for the project in Sweden.

Malgorzata Blicharska, senior lecturer
Malgorzata Blicharska, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development has received a budget of 316 875 Euro. 

In what way are ponds important?
- Ponds deliver multiple ecosystem services including carbon storage and climate regulation, water provision, flood control, groundwater recharge, pollution amelioration, recreation and tourism. Given their abundance and importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and their potential influence on global carbon dynamics, ponds have the potential to play a significant role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

How many will work with the project in Sweden?
- I have the main role in the project from the Swedish side and I also plan to employ a post-doc to help me with it.

When do you start?
We are staring 1st of December this year and the project is 4 years.

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Ponds and “pondscapes” (networks of ponds) are crucial for biodiversity conservation and their multiple societally beneficial ecosystem services (ES) provide the means to play a crucial role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. However, ponds are largely neglected in water- and nature-related policies and there is insufficient knowledge on how to manage and restore ponds to maximize nature-based solutions (NBS) to increase resilience of ecosystems and society to climate change. The overarching objective of PONDERFUL is to generate and integrate biodiversity, ecosystems, social, economic and policy knowledge to design and implement evidence-based, nature-based strategies using pondscapes for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. To achieve this, PONDERFUL will: 1) evaluate the interactions and feedbacks between biodiversity, ES and climate in pondscapes at multiple spatial scales; 2) together with stakeholders, develop future scenarios for pondscapes in EU and CELAC in the context of climate change, land use change, and changed policies on pond restoration and management; 3) develop and promote the implementation of effective multifunctional NBS in close collaboration with the stakeholders using pondscapes in EU and CELAC landscapes to maximize biodiversity conservation and mitigate and adapt to climate change; 4) develop a sustainable finance and investment guide for NBS, in collaboration with regional managers; 5) assess the potential for large-scale implementation of the proposed pondscape-based enhanced resilience to climate change from local management strategies to EU policies in relation to existing barriers, instruments, financing and other enabling factors. Ultimately, the stakeholder-oriented approach adopted by PONDERFUL will ensure that the scientific knowledge produced on the benefits of using pondscapes as climate change mitigation and adaptation ecosystems is explicitly considered in decision making from local management to EU policies.

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Last modified: 2022-09-30