Background: Genetic methods hold great promise for improving the assessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems. In particular, environmental DNA metarcoding (DNA) can help assess biodiversity quickly, comprehensively and non-invasively. However, many questions about concrete possibilities for implementation, comparability of data collected and integration into existing water protection legislation as well as national or cantonal monitoring programmes (e.g. BDM, NAWA) are still open.

Objective: THE COST DNAqua-Net action (CA15219) organises a series of national seminars for stakeholders. DNAqua-Net members will provide an up-to-date overview of the development and potential of DNA and DNA-based methods. An interactive workshop will identify challenges that exist at the national level that limit the application of DNA-based methods in environmental management.

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