Title: A Europe-wide system for assessing the quality of rivers using macroinvertebrates: the AQEM project and its importance for Southern Europe (with special emphasis on Italy) 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> journal article 
Country: Italy 
Year: 2004 
Availability: J.L. Kemp, S. Erba, C. Belfiore, D. Hering & O. Moog. J. Limnol. 60 (Suppl. 1), 39-48, 2001. AQEM Publication P1 
Author 1/Producer: Buffagni, A. 
Other Authors/Producers: J.L. Kemp, S. Erba, C. Belfiore, D. Hering & O. Moog 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Article Weblink (=direct link): http://www.iii.to.cnr.it/pubblicaz/JL_60_supl/06_Buffagni.pd ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Water
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Short description: The AQEM assessment system is the main result of the European Union funded project AQEM, which was carried out from March 2000 to February 2002. It serves the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and provides a system for assessing ecological quality in European streams with benthic macroinvertebrates. Aims of the AQEM system are: to classify a stream stretch in a quality class from 5 (high) to 1 (bad) based on a macroinvertebrate taxa list to give information about the cause of a possible degradation to help direct future management practices In contrast to many other comparable projects, the development of the AQEM system has been based on a new dataset covering both the fauna and general stream characteristics of 28 common European stream types. 
Link to Project(s): AQEM Development and Testing of an Integrated Assessment System for the Ecological Quality of Streams and Rivers Throughout Europe Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Submitted By: Martin Bittens WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 02/01/2007

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