Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies (AQUACROSS) aims to support EU efforts to protect aquatic biodiversity and ensure the provision of aquatic ecosystem services.

AQUACROSS is funded by Europe's Horizon 2020 research programme. It therefore seeks to advance knowledge and application of of ecosystem-based management for aquatic ecosystems. In doing so, AQUACROSS supports the timely achievement of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets. To do this, AQUACROSS considers the EU policy framework for aquatic ecosystems and builds on knowledge stemming from different sources to develop innovative management tools, concepts and business models for aquatic ecosystems.

Aquatic ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and home to a diverse array of species and habitats, providing numerous economic and social benefits to Europe. Many of these valuable ecosystems are currently at significant risk of being irreversibly damaged by human activities and by the pressures these create. These include pollution, contamination, invasive species, overfishing and climate change.

Exisiting policies, such as the Water Framework Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, have been unable to halt and reverse the trend of declining biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems.

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