Natural ponds crucial for both biodiversity and climate

Sep 02, 2020

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/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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