New INTERREG Atlantic Arc research programme will assess and enhance ecosystem services

Salmon leaping upstream
A new project assessing and enhancing ecosystem services provided by diadromous fish in a climate change context has been launched.

DiadES, as the project will be known, aims to assess and enhance ecosystem services provided by diadromous fish in the Atlantic Area, and in parallel, the conservation status of these species, by explicitly considering in their management expected impacts of climate change on their distributions.

Drs Lynda Rodwell and Siân Rees from the University of Plymouth are part of the DiadES consortium which is led by the Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture (Irstea) based in Bordeaux, France. DiadES brings together 30 partner organisations from France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Dr Rees is also an Impact Fellow contributing to a number of SWEEP projects and will aim to maximise the opportunities to share both teams’ extensive ecosystems services expertise.

Diadromous fish (shads, lampreys, eel, salmon, trout & mullet) are migratory, moving between fresh and marine waters. Through their journey, diadromous fish provide ecosystem services (e.g. income, food, recreation) to local communities but few quantitative estimates exist. These services could be threatened by climate change due to spatial reallocation of fish and related benefits.

Building on previous EU-funded projects and monitoring programmes, DiadES will positively impact diadromous fish management in the face of global climate change by:

  • fostering the necessary level of cooperation among Member States (MS) and actors involved in diadromous fish management to enable sound decision-making;
  • improving awareness and knowledge among policymakers and other key stakeholders on the services provided by these species and the need to set common management measures targeting both anthropogenic pressures and climate change;
  • favouring a joint promotion of ecosystem services related to diadromous fish in the Atlantic Area to the wider public because they influence decision-making;
  • ensuring a sustainable ecosystem services provision by these species, combining exploitation and conservation, in support of Atlantic Area local economies and quality of life.

The DiadES project is currently looking to recruit a talented post-doc researcher with an interest in climate change ecology and modelling to join our dynamic lab working on continental aquatic ecosystems responses to global changes. The post will be hosted by Irstea. More information can be found on the SFE Ecology website.

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