Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

IGB profile
Sufficient clean water and intact bodies of water are essential to human welfare and the preservation of unique fauna and flora. Rivers, lakes, water meadows and moors are among the ecosystems most influenced by humans. Climate change and rapid landscape change also increase the pressure on water bodies. Only sustainable management can protect aquatic ecosystems in the long term. The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest German centre for research on inland aquatic ecosystems, combining pure and applied conservation research. IGB analyses the structure and function of ecosystems under natural conditions and under the influence of all kinds of stressors.
Research interests include the long-term development of lakes, rivers and wetlands under rapidly changing environmental conditions, the restoration of ecosystems and the biodiversity of aquatic habitats.



Acting Director: Professor Dr. Mark Gessner
M├╝ggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 64181-5
Staff incl. guests: 409
Budget (Mio. EUR): 18,3
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