​DECIDE - Development of an ecotoxicological, waterframework directive compliant assessment system for running waters

Duration: 2021-2024

Sponsor: German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

Contact: Dr. Matthias Oetken


Despite the goal defined in the EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD), the majority of surface waters in Germany will not achieve good ecological status by 2021. This is due to widespread diffuse water pollution and morphological degradation caused by intensive land use. The identification of the main drivers for the failure to achieve good ecological status of freshwater ecosystems is a challenge and the main objective of the DECIDE project.

The aim is to develop an innovative ecotoxicological tool to determine whether water pollution or morphological degradation causes poor ecological status of surface waters. Our tool enables decision makers to prioritize appropriate and targeted methods in water management practice. As a model region, we focus on the Hessian Ried, which serves as a drinking water catchment area for the Rhine-Main metropolitan region.


Coordinator: 

Dr. Matthias Oetken

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt

Department Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Max-von-Laue-Str. 13

D-60438 Frankfurt am Main

phone ++ 49-69 798-42148

e-mail: oetken(at)bio.uni-frankfurt.de


Project partners:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Frankfurt am Main (PD Dr. Andrea Sundermann)

Mesocosm GmbH - Institut für Gewässerschutz (Prof. Dr. Peter Ebke


Funded by German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

DBU - Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt