CLEARANCE – Wetland buffer zones

Restoring wetlands to their social, environmental, and economic functions is not only feasible but necessary. More and more, we have to deal with the symptoms of a climate and ecological crisis, such as droughts, extreme heat, flash floods, deteriorating water quality and a rapid decline in biodiversity. Wetland restoration is a cost-effective adaptation and mitigation measure to tackle all these problems together. There is no more effective filter for fertilizers than wetlands, no other way to retain water in a landscape than to restore rivers and wetlands, and there is no other way to maintain endangered species than to restore their habitats.

CLEARANCE – CircuLar Economy Approach to River pollution
by Agricultural Nutrients with use of Carbon-storing Ecosystems

The CLEARANCE project was implemented in 2017-2020 by researchers of the University of Warsaw, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Universität Greifswald, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Aarhus University, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Grüne Liga. It aims to develop integrated landscape-ecological, socioeconomic, and policy frameworks for the use of wetland buffer zones in a circular economy, including water purification and nutrient reuse in agricultural catchment areas.

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