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Status and Trends of European Pollinators

Objective

Pollinators form a key component of European biodiversity, and provide vital ecosystem services to crops and wild plants. There is growing evidence of declines in both wild and domesticated pollinators, and parallel declines in plants relying upon them. STEP will document the nature and extent of these declines, examine functional traits associated with particular risk, develop a Red List of some European pollinator groups, in particular bees and lay the groundwork for future pollinator monitoring programmes. We will also assess the relative importance of potential drivers of such change, including climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, agrichemicals, pathogens, alien species, light pollution, and their interactions. We will measure the ecological and economic impacts of declining pollinator services and floral resources, including effects on wild plant populations, crop production and human nutrition. STEP will review existing and potential mitigation options, providing novel tests of their effectiveness across Europe. Our work will build upon existing datasets and models, complemented by spatially-replicated campaigns of field research to fill gaps in current knowledge. We will integrate our findings in a policy-relevant framework, creating Evidence-based Decision Support tools. We will also establish communication links to a wide range of stakeholders across Europe and beyond, including policy makers, beekeepers, farmers, academics and the general public. Taken together, our research programme will make great steps towards improving our understanding of the nature, causes, consequences and potential mitigation of declines in pollinator services at local, national, continental and global scales.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 392 954
Administrative Contact
Martha Brookes (Ms.)

Participants (21)

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 333 003
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 230 040
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Ms.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 229 964
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Kleijn (Dr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 244 819,50
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Elisabeth Kler (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 287 281
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrick Bourke (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 20 323
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Schindler (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sylvie Modeste (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Neumann (Dr.)
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johanna Hiltunen (Ms.)
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 140 336
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Fogelberg (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 508
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 100 800
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Zobel (Prof.)
PENSOFT PUBLISHERS
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 116 000
Address
Ul. Geo Milev 13A
1111 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lyubomir Penev (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 102 000
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helga Rodriguez (Ms.)
University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 51 180
Address
Trg Dositeja Obradovica 3
21000 Novi Sad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marija Jovanov (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE MONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 87 744
Address
Place Du Parc 20
7000 Mons
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pierre Rasmont (Prof.)
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michal Woyciechowski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Massimo Bacci (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 20 040
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Theodora Petanidou (Prof.)
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 332 477
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Gloggengiesser (Mr.)
STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 19 525
Address
Darwinweg 2
2333CR Leiden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hans Dautzenberg