Peer reviewed articles


Benlasri, M.; Kaczmarek, M.; El Alami, M.; Ghamizi, M.; Berger, E. 2023

Inventory and pattern of distribution of mayflies (Insecta, Ephemeroptera) in the Draa river basin, southern Morocco

Alpine Entomology 7 2023, 13–20

Kaczmarek, N.; Mahjoubi, I.; Benlasri, M.; Nothof, M.; Schäfer, R.B.; Frör O. and Berger E. 2023

Water quality, biological quality, and human well-being: Water salinity and scarcity in the Draa River basin, Morocco

Ecological Indicators 148 (2023) 110050

Bossenbroek, L.; Ftouhi, H.; Kadiri, Z. and Kuper, M. 2023

Watermelons in the Desert in Morocco: Struggles Around a Groundwater Commons-in-the-Making

Water Alternatives 16(1)


Silva-Novoa Sánchez LM, Bossenbroek L, Schilling J, Berger E, 2022

Governance and Sustainability Challenges in the Water Policy of Morocco 1995-2020: Insights from the Middle Draa Valley

Water 14(18), 2932 |

Lazrak K, Tazart Z, Berger E, Mouhri K, Loudiki M, 2022

Spatial variation in benthic diatom communities in relation to salinity in the arid Draa river basin (southern morocco)

Applied ecology and environmental research 20(5):3709-3736.

Mahjoubi I, Bossenbroek L, Berger E, Frör O, 2022

Analyzing Stakeholder Perceptions of Water Ecosystem Services to Enhance Resilience in the Middle Drâa Valley, Southern Morocco

Sustainability 14, 1–17. | doi: 10.3390/su14084765 


Kaczmarek N, Schäfer RB, Berger E, 2021

Environmental change threatens freshwater insect communities in Northwest Africa: a meta-analysis

Front. Environ. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.671715 

Ftouhi H, Saidani MA, Bossenbroek L, Hamamouche MF, Kadiri Z.

Entre vulnérabilité et résilience : le vécu de la pandémie de Covid-19 dans deux sociétés oasiennes du Maghreb

Cah. Agric. 30: 30

Mostakim L, El Qorchi F, Zahra Guennoun F, Moutaouakil S, Berger E, Ghamizi M, 2021

Morphometric Assessment of Two Watersheds of High Atlas of Morocco Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques: What Is the Impact on Surface Water Availability?

Journal of Geographic Information System, 13, 631-642

Bossenbroek, L., Ftouhi, H. en Kadiri, Z. 2021

Watermeloenen in de Marokkaanse woestijn

ZemZem 1/2021

Hermans, K., Berger, E., Biber-Freudenberger, L., Bossenbroek, L., Ebeler, L., Groth, J., Hack, J., Hanspach, J., Hintz, K.S., Kimengsi, J.N., Kwong, Y.M.C., Oakes, R., Pagogna, R., Plieninger, T., Sterly, H., van der Geest, K., van Vliet, J., Wiederkehr, C., 2021

Crisis-induced disruptions in place-based
social-ecological research – an opportunity for

GAIA 30/2: 72 –76

Zwarteveen, M., Kuper, M., Olmos-Herrera, C., Dajani, M., Kemerink-Seyoum, J., Frances, C., Beckett, L., Lu, F., Kulkarni, S., Kulkarni, H., Aslekar, U., Börjeson, L., Verzijl, A., Dominguez Guzmán, C., Oré, M.T., Leonardelli, I., Bossenbroek, L., Ftouhi, H., Chitata, T., Hartani, T., Saidani, A., Johnson, M., Peterson, A., Bhat, S., Bhopal, S., Kadiri, Z., Deshmukh, R., Joshi, D., Komakech, H., Joseph, K., Mlimbila, E., De Bont, C., 2021.

Transformations to groundwater sustainability: from individuals and pumps to communities and aquifers

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 49, 88–97

Leonardelli, I., Bossenbroek, L., Ftouhi, H., Kadiri, Z., Bhat, S., Kulkarni, S., Hamamouche, M.F., Saidani, M.A., Zwarteveen, M., Kemerink-Seyoum, J.S., 2021.

COVID-19 in Rural India, Algeria, and Morocco: A Feminist Analysis of Small-Scale Farmers’ and Agricultural Laborers’ Experiences and Inventive Practices.

Frontiers in Human Dynamics 3, 17

Berger, E., Bossenbroek, L., Beermann, A.J., Schäfer, R.B., Znari, M., Riethmüller, S., Sidhu, N., Kaczmarek, N., Benaissa, H.,  Ghamizi, M., Plicht, S., Ben Salem, S., El Qorchi, F., Naimi, M., Leese, F., Frör, O., 2021.

Social-ecological interactions in the Draa River Basin, southern Morocco: Towards nature conservation and human well-being using the IPBES framework

Science of The Total Environment 769, 144492


Mostakim, L., Fetnassi, N., Rassam, H., Benaissa, H., Berger, E., Ghamizi, M., 2020.

Assessment of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants in arid regions: Testing factors affecting riparian plant distribution in the Draa Basin, Morocco.

Eurasian Journal of Biosciences 14, 4735-4741

Schilling, J., Hertig, E., Tramblay, Y., Scheffran, J., 2020.

Climate change vulnerability, water resources and social implications in North Africa.

Reg Environ Change 20, 15.


Loulida S., Znari M., Naimi M. & Bendami S., 2019

Tolerance to salinity and dehydration in the Sahara Desert blue-eyed turtle, Mauremys leprosa saharica (Testudines: Geoemydidae) from a brackish pond in the Lower Draa basin, southern Morocco

African Journal of Herpetology

Berger, E., Frör, O., Schäfer, R.B., 2019.

Salinity impacts on river ecosystem processes: a critical mini-review.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B:
Biological Sciences 374, 20180010.

Conference contributions



„Nachwuchsgruppen in der Sozial-ökologischen Forschung“

09. & 10. März 2020, La Redoute, Kurfürstenallee 1, Bonn – Bad Godesberg


@ SFS 2019: Society for Freshwater Science

Special Session on Salinization in the context of Translational Ecology,

May 19-23, 2019, Salt Lake City, USA  “A transdisciplinary research approach for the management of a dry, salinized river-basin in Morocco”

Public relations and reports

From mining to sharing groundwater resources:
The case of Mird in the Draa Valley, South of Morocco

By Lisa Bossenbroek, Hind Ftouhi and Zakaria Kadiri

Enquête. Le vécu de la pandémie et du confinement dans la vallée du Drâa

Lisa Bossenbroek et Hind Ftouhi


 Salt in the system

 Challenges for water resources in the DrâaRiver Basin


Bossenbroek, Lisa; Hind, Ftouhi; and Kadiri, Zakaria (2020). From mining to sharing groundwater resources: The case of Mird in the Draa Valley, South of Morocco