Implementing the Water Framework Directive to temporary rivers

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First meeting with COST SMIRES work groups


Researchers of the LIFE Trivers project joined the first meeting of the action COST SMIRES (Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams) on On September 12 and 13. Trivers is also one of the members of the COST SMIRES, financially supported by the European Union, to widen and unify the knowledge of temporary rivers and supporting their recognition within the water ecosystem management.

The COST SMIRES initial meeting, led by Thibault Datry from the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, gathered around one hundred experts from around the world in the city of Lyon (France), with the participation of the experts Francesc Gallart (IDAEA-CSIC), Núria Cid (FEM-UB) and Antoni Munné (ACA).

According to Francesc Gallart, who develops the hydrological part of LIFE Trivers, “the main problem in the study and management of temporary rivers is the lack of information, worsened by the fact that when we have hydrometric stations, they don’t add information on the presence or lack of water basins when there is no flow”.

According to Núria Cid, member of the Research Group FEM-UB and head of projects in LIFE Trivers, “SMIRES project will contribute greatly to obtain data from biological communities from different areas in Europe with diverse climate characteristics with the presence of temporary rivers, and deepen the study of this ecosystem at a greater scale”. The head of the Department of Control and Quality of Waters of ACA, Antoni Munné, highlighted that temporary and intermittent rivers have been given little attention and there is little knowledge in order to allow an accurate management.

According to Munné, who is also member of the management committee in Trivers as state representative, COST SMIRES has to allow debating and advancing in effective forms to apply the existing knowledge in management and preservation of these water ecosystems, which are also the available resource for other activities that need to be juggled.

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