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Biofresh : The network for global freshwater biodiversity


BioFresh was an EU-funded international research project (2010-2014), which integrated the freshwater biodiversity competencies and expertise of 19 research institutions. Outcomes and results of the project are available on this website.

BioFresh has initiated an information platform – the BioFresh Platform – bringing together information and data on freshwater biodiversity in a clearly arranged and easily explorable way for scientists, ecosystem managers and the interested public. It provided access to all available databases describing the distribution, status and trends of global freshwater biodiversity.

BioFresh used existing data to build predictive models of biodiversity change in order to support a broad diversity of critical needs in freshwater biodiversity management and conservation. It constructed the freshwater portal to complement the existing databases on freshwater biodiversity and distribution patterns, along with strict quality controls, to consent the continuous integration of new data. 

Biofresh products include the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas and a Maps interface that allow users to find information on distributions and trends for specific species.

The data made available with this project has allowed for studying past trends and to project potential impacts of climate change on freshwater biodiversity.

Project information

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (FVB.IGB)

RBINS, Belgium
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, BOKU, Austria
WorldFish Center (formerly ICLARM), Malaysia
FIN, FishBase Information and Research Group, Inc.
Institute de Recherche pour le Développement IRD, France
UDE, Germany
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, UK office, Cambridge
Oxford University, UOXF.AC, UK
Universitat de Barcelona, UB, Spain
Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung, UFZ, Germany
University College London, UCL, UK
Université Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, UCBL, France
Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse 3, UPS, France
Ecologic Institute: An International Think Tank for Environment and Policy (ECOLOGIC), Germany
Commission of the European Communities - Directorate General Joint Research Centre, EC-JRC, Italy
University of Debrecen, UD, Hungary
Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, NRM, Sweden

Source of funding

Reference information



freshwater biodiversity, species distribution, species vulnerability index



Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Ice and Snow, Sea Level Rise, Storms, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Observations and Scenarios, Vulnerability Assessment



Geographic characterization


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