Networking – Affiliated Projects and partners
New networking on cyanobacterial toxins in constructed wetlands
We have started a new and interesting collaboration with Pablo Urrutia Cordero at Lund University, on effects of cyanobacteria and their toxins in constructed wetlands. Cyanobacteria is a potential problem (ecosystem dis-service) that has not been well studied in constructed wetlands. Pablo runs a Formas financed project on cyanobacterial effects on pollinators in the agricultural landscape, and we now plan for some of the field work to be done in LIFE-Goodstream measures. We are very much looking forward to the colaboration!
New homepage for our networking projects
We have constructed a new webpage for the projects; Wetlands as buffers, Managment of CWs, Wetlands 2.0, with links to LIFE-Goodstream webpage and the project WetKit webpage. The adress is: www.biowetland.se
We have started cooperation with the project WetKit, run by Martyn Futter and collegues at SLU (the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). It will lead to more data gathered from our LIFE-Goodstream wetlands, and one goal is that we now can get increased information on the multi-functionality of the CWs to a larger extent since the WetKit-project will sample e.g. greenhouse gases and take sediment samples in the CWs. https://wetkit.weebly.com/
Wetlands as buffers
Constructed wetlands and their ecosystem services and our work in LIFE-Goodstream continous to draw a lot of interest. The Swedish EPA have now granted us a new project where we work together with researchers from Stockholm University and Lund University. At SU it is hydrologists Jerker Jarsjö and Imenne Åhlen and ecologists Peter Hambäck and David Åhlen. At LU it is ecologist Björn Klatt. The project has just started (February 2020 and will run for 3 years (to April 2023).
In the project ”Constructed wetlands as hydrological buffers” we will for the first time get real in situ data on how the constructed wetlands function as buffers during different hydrological flows. We will place 120 water level meters at 120 wetlands in 8 different drainage areas. 20-30 of the meters will be placed in the LIFE-Goodstream stream Trönningeån. We will investigate how wetland characteristics (morphometry, inlet and outlet solutions, vegetation cover etc) influense the hydrological buffer capacity of the wetlands. In the project we will also study how the hydrology affects the biodiversity in the aquatic-terrestrial boundary and its effect on pollinators, particularly during drought situations. It will be very interesting to get this data for the LIFE-Goodstream measures and also to be able to compare them with other draiange areas.
We have now (december 2019) started a new projekt together with Lund University and researcher Björn Klatt. It is a program for increased mobility between academy and practice, financed by Formas. Björn will be part-time stationed at our office and we will work togethet in LIFE-Goodstream wetlands in the 2-year project ”Wetland 2.0 – upgrading freshwater habitats for bees”. With Björn in the team we also get valuable knowledge and expertise on measures to increase the biodiversity of pollinators in LIFE-Goodstream and other projects we run. This collaboration starts in December 2019 and runs untill December 2021.
LIFE-Goodstream experiences and constructed measures are an important resource in our new LEVA-project, where we work with landowners in small drainage areas in Southern Halland and Northwest Skåne to decrease eutrophication. Our LEVA-project (LEVA-Kattegatts kustnära vatten) is financed by the SwAM and runs between 2019 – 2021. This is a very good project to network with and gives reciprocal advantages to both projects and many win-win situations.
Management of wetlands – effects on biodiversity
We are involved in a FORMAS Project together with Professor Peter Hambäck et al. at Stockholm University, where we will use the LIFE-Goodstream wetlands to investigate how management affect biodiversity. The project runs for 3 years (2019 – 2021).
PhD-student David Åhlen and professor Peter Hambäck at a LIFE-Goodstream site.
Good water status and River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) of the Northern Baltic Sea River Basin Distric. LIFE-Goodtsream is part of the Reference Group of Rich Waters.
LIFE-Goodstream Project leader John Strand attended the Rich Waters workshop in Stockholm in 2018.
An Interreg Central Baltic programme project for cleaner sea. Per Lindmark from Nutrinflow is a memeber of the LIFE-Goodstream national Reference Group.
Peter Feuerbach presented LIFE-Goodstream and our experiences, at a Nutrinflow workshop in 2017.
A LIFE-project for recreating habitat complexity for semi-aquatic fauna. The Project leader Kristian Nilsson is a member of LIFE-Goodstream national Reference Group.
John Strand participated in a SemiAquatic-LIFE workshop on amfibian monitoring at Ravlunda in 2017.
A research project about optimisation of the ecosystem services of buffer zones. Project leader Brian Kronvang at Århus University is a member of the LIFE-Goodstream International Reference Group.
A LIFE-project which aim to strengthen the conservation status of the endangered thick shelled river mussel (Unio crassus) and improve the ecological riverine status within its distribution range
(this project is finished)
John Strand presented LIFE-Goodstream at the end Conference in Lund in September 2016.
The main objective is to improve the biodiversity performance of standards and labels within the food industry, by supporting standard organizations to include efficient biodiversity criteria into their schemes; and motivating food processing companies and retailers to include biodiversity criteria into their sourcing guidelines.
Our colleague Peter Feuerbach is now retired, but we continue to work together inLIFE-Goodstream and network on constructed wetlands through his company Wetlands International. Peter also maintain our wetlands web page where several of our other projects are presented: www.wetlands.se