‘Good ecological status’ is a key term in the EU Water Framework Directive – the policy framework through which European freshwaters are managed. Member states are required to conserve and restore their rivers and lakes to good ecological status by 2027. But what does ‘good ecological status’ mean, and why does it matter?
A new film by the EU MARS project gives an engaging and accessible introduction to the concept. Produced by MARS scientists Christian Feld and Sebastian Birk at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the short film ‘Good ecological status of rivers and lakes’ emphasises the value of healthy aquatic ecosystems to human and non-human life, both now and in the future.