Title: Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a standardised Fish-based Assessment Method for the Ecological Status of European Rivers (FAME): Leaflet 
Resource Type: document --> public information 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Fame Consortium, Fame Leaflet 
Author 1/Producer: Fame Consortium 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.boku.ac.at/fame/downloads/FAME_Leaflet_web.pdf  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Diffuse pollution-->Monitoring
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Groundwater processes overview
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
 
Short description: The European Union has taken an ambitious course in water policy towards ecologically-orientated, sustainable management of water bodies by enacting the Water Framework Directive (WFD), in December 2000. Member States shall protect, enhance and restore all surface water with the aim of achieving good ecological status within 15 years. For rivers four biological quality elements serve as indicators of the ecological status (phytoplankton, macrophytes and phytobenthos, benthic invertebrate fauna, fish fauna). The principle behind the assessment of ecological status is to measure the deviation of the current situation from (nearly) undisturbed river-type-specific reference conditions and to assign the correct quality level in a 5-tiered scheme formulated in the WFD. However, appropriate and standardised methods to assess ecological status are still lacking. Currently, European countries use very different fish-based methods, or have not yet included fish in routine monitoring programmes for such an assessment. Thus, the successful implementation of the WFD depends heavily on the provision of more specific, robust methodological and standardised tools. Against this background the aim of FAME was to develop, evaluate and implement a fish-based method for assessing the ecological status of rivers in a coherent and standardised manner throughout Europe. 
Link to Project(s): FAME Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a Standarized Fish-based Assessment Method for the Ecological Status of European Rivers A Contribution to the Water Framework Directive
 
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 23/08/2009