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Rationalising biodiversity conservation in dynamic ecosystems

Objective

A key problem in developing policies to stop biodiversity loss is translating threats into a tangible factor for decision-making. RUBICODE will contribute to solving this by examining what biodiversity does for us. Biological units that provide specific services to society will be identified and their services valued, so that they can be compared with more traditional economic valuations. This will give decision-makers a more rational base and will help the understanding of the need for adequate conservation policies, which are essential to halting biodiversity loss.

Nature is fundamentally dynamic, as are the pressures of human activities on biodiversity, yet most conservation strategies still involve a static view of nature. For the realisation of future conservation objectives it is critical that new strategies and policies incorporate these dynamics. RUBICODE will address this by developing integrated dynamic concepts for conservation strategies and examples of their application at multiple scales.

RUBICODE will prioritise these strategies for the most significant European terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems by reviewing the impacts of global change on those components of biodiversity essential for maintaining ecosystem services. Important and threatened services will be identified and methods for relating biodiversity in dynamic ecosystems to the provision of these services will be compared and tested. Frameworks for linking biodiversity traits to service provision and for improving and testing indicators will be developed and used to explore management strategies and inform priorities for biodiversity conservation policy.

RUBICODE will also identify current gaps in knowledge and propose a roadmap for future research. RUBICODE will involve a large number of external experts, and stakeholders from policy and practice communities, to ensure the relevance of the new concepts, their integration into conservation and to help with their dissemination.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-GLOBAL-4
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Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTER AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford
United Kingdom

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Participants (23)

ALTERRA B.V.
Netherlands
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Droevendaalsesteeg 3/3a
Wageningen

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
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Rue Michel-ange 3
Paris

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CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY
Australia
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Boorooma Street
Wagga Wagga Nsw

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CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS
Argentina
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Rivadavia 1917
Buenos Aires

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INSTITUTE FOR FORECASTING SLOVAK ACADEMY SCIENCES
Slovakia
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Sancova 56
Bratislava

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INSTITUTO DO AMBIENTE E VIDA - UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
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Dep. Zoologia Da Universidade De Coimbra, Lg. Marquês De Pombal
Coimbra

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
New Zealand
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Corner Of Springs And Ellesmere Junction Road
Canterbury

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Paradisgatan 5c
Box 117 Lund

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MEDIAN SCP
Spain
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Passeig Pintor Romero 8, Atico 1a
Valldoreix

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL.
United Kingdom
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Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon Wilthshire

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PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
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Administration Building, University Hill
Mytilene

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PARIS LODRON UNIVERSITAET SALZBURG
Austria
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Kapitelgasse 4-6
Salzburg

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PROSPEX BVBA
Belgium
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Vlugestal 6
Keerbergen

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ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
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West Common
Harpenden

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SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Arrheniusplan 2c
Uppsala

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SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM
Hungary
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Pater Karoly Utca 1
Godollo

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TARTU UELIKOOL
Estonia
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Uelikooli 18
Tartu

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
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Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh

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UFZ - UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH
Germany
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Permoser Strasse 15
Leipzig

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UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
Address
Hospitais Da Universidade De Coimbra - Praceta Mota Pinto
Coimbra

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UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
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Forsthausweg 2
Duisburg

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UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De L'université 1
Louvain-la-neuve

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UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH
South Africa
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Privaatsak X1, Matieland
Stellenbosch

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