Pond Ecosystems for Resilient Future Landscapes in a changing climate

The overarching aim of the project is to develop improved methods for maximising the use of ponds and pondscapes to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services


The significance of ponds has long been underestimated and they lie largely outside regulatory systems. However, thanks to their abundance, heterogeneity, exceptional biodiversity inherent naturalness and biogeochemical potency, ponds play a crucial role in catchments, landscapes, and potentially at continental scale which is completely out of proportion to their small size. The main objective of PONDERFUL is to provide data and guidance to make more and better use of ponds and pondscapes as Nature-based Solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, Biodiversity conservation and delivery of Ecosystem Services


The project involves 18 participants spread across 10 countries representing three bioclimatic regions in Europe, and one CELAC country to test PONDERFUL ideas in the southern hemisphere.