This case study quantifies cause-effect relationships and supports management of biodiversity in the rivers of the Swiss Plateau. This study aims to predict the development of biodiversity of invertebrates and fish in the study area as a function of climate change, land use and population growth scenarios and of suggested management strategies. Main drivers and pressures are identified in conjunction with the indicator species. Forecasting of aquatic biodiversity in the rivers applies the conditioned probability network model, which is aids in evaluating management alternatives for their effectiveness using a multi-criteria decision analysis approach.

Cooperating Partner: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is cooperating with AQUACROSS for Case Study 7: Biodiversity management for rivers of the Swiss Plateau. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is the Swiss federal government’s centre of environmental expertise and is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. It is responsible for ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, minimising natural hazards, reducing risks to the environment and human health from excessive pollution, conserving biodiversity and landscapes, and representing Switzerland in international environmental policy arenas.

FOEN and Case Study Seven are represnted on the SPBTT by Dr. Yael Schindler Wildhaber.