European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE) is an international institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, working since 2006 under the auspices of UNESCO and belonging to the UNESCO Water Centres. On a basis of a long-term agreement with the University of Lodz, ERCE forms a twin institute with the Department of Applied Ecology (DEA UL). ERCE specialises in trans-disciplinary research projects focused on developing system solutions for integrated water resource management and environmental landscape planning, which covers three pillars: i) transdysciplinary science: ecohydrology, hydrobiology, freshwater ecology, environmental chemistry and ecotoxycology, phytotechnology, remote sensing and modelling of ecosystem and landscape processes; ii) science implementation: recommendations for ecohydrological design of water infrastructure (reservoirs constructions, rivers rehabilitation, green public space), implementation of nature-based solutions for resilience of urban and rural systems, and demonstration projects (UNESCO, ILTER, SWITCH); iii) education and capacity building: facilitation of stakeholder process including communication, networking, visioning, scenario building, strategic planning; education at all levels.
ERCE can contribute to the project with the expertise on:
1) methods for monitoring of key variables and parameters within the different compartments of ecosystems with a special focus on freshwaters, ecohydrological processes, and ESS flow;
2) 2 LTSER regions (The Pilica River LTSER and the City of Lodz LTSER) of mixed rural and urban character, connected through the flow of ES, with an extended data on socio-economic and ecological factors, spatial planning, and ESS provision and demand;
3) research and implementations related to water sensitive urban design, integrated resource management focused on harmonizing blue, green and grey infrastructure, integrated revitalization of the city and developing capacities for social inclusion;
4) multistakeholder platforms - based risk perception and management, identification of research needs with the focus on science for technology, spatial planning, infrastructure development (maintaining ecosystem processes across scales), and development of relevant administrative and legal tools,
5) demonstration projects and experimentation sites in ecohydrology and biotechnology linked to the network of UNESCO demonstration projects, and
6) training and regular courses related to nature-based solutions for environmental risk management, dissemination of project products, knowledge, networking, etc.


WP2 - city climate as a consequence of city planning, distribution and typology of blue-green infrastructure, ERCE is part of the city board for development of the climate change adaptation strategy, the programme of environmental protection and project of integrated revitalization of the historic city centre

WP3 - quantification of ecological processes, water cycle, environmental settings for blue-green infrastructure in the city, surface water ecology, ground water quality in demonstration areas, restoration of ecosystem services related to water systems and city greens

WP4 - multistakeholder platform (learning alliance and LTSER platform of LTER Europe) for sustainable and integrated city management, risk perception, and analysis of demand for ecosystem services, willingness to pay for particular ecosystem services, social exclusion and exclusiveness of access to quality environment and ESS, city management structure and system handicaps with reference to city resilience and global changes (with focus on climate, but also demography, and economy and global market issues)

WP5 - costs and benefits of greening the grey, economy of alternative approaches to managing challenges: floods, droughts, heat waves, health hazards, degradation of blue-green infrastructure, and city development

WP6 - demonstration site of the City of Lodz being part of the NAIAD project with possibility for immediate transfer of methodology to another site - the Pilica River being also managed by ERCE, as well as other sites being part of Polish LTER Network and the Guadiana River site / Faro in Portugal being led by the UNESCO Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology - ICCE;

WP7 - analysis of the international and national policies affecting BGI, ESS, water management and urban planning, identification of critical stakeholders and decision making mechanisms nationally and in DEMOs that create opportunities to lower or amplify the environmental risks, multistakeholder platforms in urban and rural DEMOs as well as in national and international context for roundtables and development of participatory approach to risk management and insurance value of ecosystems, link to LTER project eLTER analysing research needs for better understanding of link between ESS, BGI and human well-being and ALTER-Net Network of Excellence with reference to European policy in the field of ESS

WP8 - transfer of know-how to local climate adaptation strategy and environmental protection programme.