Interplay between the multiple use of water reservoirs via inNOVative coupling of substance cycles in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems.

Using the example of the Itaparica reservoir, Pernambuco/Bahia (Northeast Brazil), we want to demonstrate that appropriate land use strategies, including modern techniques, can harmonize societal and ecosystem demands: More food and energy for humans and at the same time better conditions for the ecosystem. In particular, our INNOVATE project aims to optimize the multiple uses of man-made reservoirs thereby increasing productivity, reducing GHG emissions and maintaining biodiversity.

The key target of INNOVATE project is to couple the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Existing land-use systems will be flexibly adapted to future climate changes, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our strategies are being tested at the Itaparica reservoir in the northeastern region of Brazil (states of Pernambuco/Bahia). Various forms of reservoir utilization are being optimized, aiming to increase productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and preserve biodiversity.

The project specifically aims to reduce altered land use through innovative strategies in land-use management. Additionally, land management is intended to be adapted to climate change, considering societal and sectoral needs through constellation analysis as part of the decision-making process. These objectives aim to enhance food and energy production while simultaneously improving ecosystem structure.


Jan 01, 2012 until Mar 31, 2017

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Nachhaltiges Landmanagement Modul A1


Fred Hattermann