The objectives on the Agenda IJsselmeergebied (translation: IJsselmeer Lake District Agenda) are regularly at odds with each other. On the one hand, attention is paid to the recovery of the water quality and Nature values, such as measures under the Water Framework Directive, the Programmatische Aanpak Grote Wateren (translation: Programmatic Approach for Large Waters), Natura 2000 and National Park Nieuw Land. And that is badly needed, because the Nature objectives for many animals are in the red zone. This is because people in the area are interested in the fresh water and space in the IJsselmeer Lake District that can be used for new developments. Sand extraction, recreation on and along the water, fishing, energy on or from water, and housing construction are activities that can influence the water quality and the quality of Nature. On the other hand, aquatic plants that are important to the water quality are sometimes a nuisance to pleasure boats. Tension can occasionally be felt when it appears that not all activities can be carried out everywhere, or that certain activities can no longer be carried out at all in the future. This requires vision and the making of choices.
With this professorship, the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management wish to contribute to the knowledge needed to make the right decisions. Food web analysis, from algae to fish and waterfowl, is an important instrument. We explore collaboration with foreign partners who have comparable shallow waters.