5th GLOBAQUA Training Course – Economics of Sustainable Water Management in Accordance to the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment (MEA) and Sustainable Development Goals of UN Agenda 2030


Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity

The main aim of GLOBAQUA is to achieve a better understanding of how current water management practices and policies could be improved by identifying their main drawbacks and alternatives. Freshwater systems are under threat by a variety of stressors (organic and inorganic pollution, cover change, water abstraction, land use, etc). The join occurrence of many stressors (chemical, geomorphologic, biological) under water scarcity may produce novel and unfamiliar synergies and effects of unknown consequences. Therefore, it is crucial to understand deeply how water scarcity interacts with other stressors in freshwaters and to convey this information to managers, stakeholders and policymakers in order to minimise impacts, to adapt to oncoming changes, and to improve our management and policies. GLOBAQUA has assembled a multidisciplinary consortium in order to study the interaction of multiple stressors within the frame of strong pressure on water resources. GLOBAQUA assesses the effects of water scarcity on aquatic ecosystems by focusing on six river basins (AdigeAnglianEbroEvrotasSava and Souss Massa). These basins encompass a rich set of socio-ecological conditions and a wide geographic coverage, and focus on a specific set of stressors to illustrate different management scenarios. The project started in February 2014 and will continue until January 2019.

Budget: 9,990,594.80 Euros

Project Coordinator: CSIC, Spain

ATHENA Coordinator: Prof. Phoebe Koundouri


Project Website: www.globaqua-project.eu


Important Dates

30 October 2017
The deadline to register is 16 February 2018.


  • 30 October 2017

    Registration fees will be collected on-site.