Biodiversity restoration and conservation of inland water ecosystems for environmental and human well-being

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Project coordinator: Cristina Delerue-Matos -

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Instituto Politécnico do Porto - Portugal


University of Vigo


University of Oviedo


Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Institute for Energy Technology


Águas do Centro Litoral


Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental



Pollution is threatening the biodiversity of inland waters that are vital to society and the future of the Earth. A major source of this pollution are effluent discharges from wastewater treatment plants. The treatment processes used in these plants do not efficiently remove emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and microplastics, which lead to health hazards to non-target species, including humans. This polluting source limits the conservation and restoration of freshwater systems. At the same time, there is a need for strategies to up-scale restoration solutions and for rapid and simple to use methodologies to assess conservation and restoration progress; i.e. assessment strategies anticipating the success of conservation/remediation measures in suitable timescales, ensuring reliable data comparison over time and space, and guiding intervention measures. BioReset will promote ecosystem recovery and conservation through a combined approach including: cutting-edge advances in existing wastewater treatment processes and developing methodologies to assess ecosystem conservation and restoration provided by these treatments based on investigating diatom communities, laying the foundation for a global quality index for ecological status and ecosystem assessment.

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For more details on the work plan and expected impact of the project and other projects funded in response to the BiodivRestore joint call consult:

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restauration, conservation, emerging contaminants, pharmaceuticals and microplastics, wastewater treatment processes, Life Cycle Analysis, diatom biofilms, bioremediation, advanced oxidation, analytical monitoring

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