BioFresh, November 2009 - April 2014, was the first EU-funded project that focused on the status, trends, pressures and conservation priorities of freshwater biodiversity and its related ecosystem services. Its outcome supports EU biodiversity and water related policies that aim to integrate the protection of freshwater life and the services it provides for human welfare. Information on the project and its outcomes can be found on the BioFresh project website.
The project was a acollaborative effort led by FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN E.V. with 19 international partner organisations. IUCN Species Programme was participating in this project as a partner. The project was divided into three tightly interacting Workblocks (WB1-3) and nine integrated Workpackages (WP0-8) on which different partners take the lead. WB1, the database workblock, includes WPs1-3. WB2, the science workblock, includes WPs4-6, while WB3, including WPs7-8, is concerned with policy and outreach activities. IUCN Species led on WP7 which will inform conservation planning for freshwater biodiversity through the provision of baseline data of the status and distribution of freshwater species as a basis for long-term monitoring and identification of important sites of freshwater biodiversity. IUCN Species also evaluated the efficacy of existing Protected Areas for freshwater biodiversity and developed scenarios for future protected area networks.