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Understanding and conserving Earth biodiversity hotspots

Objective

The earth biodiversity is threatened by human activities yet the sustainable use of biodiversity is fundamental to the future development of humanity. Because financial and human resources are limited for nature conservation, it is appropriate to focus efforts on the richest and most threatened reservoirs of biodiversity.

About 25 such biodiversity hotspots have been recently proposed based on available data on plant and vertebrate species richness, endemism and threat status. While there is a wide consensus on the choice and geographic delimitation of hotspots, the dynamics of biodiversity in these hotspots and the ecological impacts of predicted biodiversity loss are still poorly understood.

In collaboration with partners in FP6-third countries, the Europe a HOTSPOTS consortium will work towards increasing the knowledge and understanding of biodiversity hotspots, including the Mediterranean basin and some European overseas territories.

Applying field, molecular and bioinformatics approaches to flagship plants and animals, HOTSPOTS will train a new generation of multidisciplinary biologists in state-of-the-art methods of evolution, ecology and conservation.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/dna
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-MOBILITY-2
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Funding Scheme

EST - Marie Curie actions-Early-stage Training

Coordinator

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW
Address
47 Kew Green
Richmond
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER II
France
Address
2 Place Eugène Bataillon
Montpellier
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road
London
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER / TOULOUSE III
France
Address
118 Rte De Narbonne
Toulouse
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano, 117
Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Batiment Du Rectorat Et De L'administration
Lausanne
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
Helsingin Yliopisto, Helsinki
GEORG-AUGUST UNIVERSITÄT GOTTINGEN
Germany
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
Gottingen
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Cromwell Road
London