Understanding BiodiversityFunded under: FP4-BIOTECH 2
Biological diversity, and the threats posed to biodiversity by human interference and habitat destruction, is one of the major challenges that human being have to deal with in the next millennium. To meet this challenge the European Working Group on Research and Biodiversity (EWGRB) has been created, with the aim of building a common research contract valid for both researchers and actors concerned by biological diversity. The EWGRB has drafted a research agenda based on a questionnaire, background document and a symposium held to discuss this document. A number of research topics of common concern have emerged from these discussions. Firstly, an interdisciplinary approach involving actors from several different sectors is required for the design of research strategies and for the definition of scientific protocols, and the need for enhanced communication among different actors is strongly stressed. Secondly, more research is needed to better understand biodiversity and the threats to biodiversity, to monitor biodiversity and conserve genetic diversity. Furthermore, sustainable use of biodiversity requires further research. The conflicts that negatively impact on biodiversity also need to be resolved, and the factors which lead to conflicts need to be identified.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18444 EN (1998) 118pp.
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Record Number: 199810044 / Last updated on: 1999-02-11
Original language: en
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