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CAtastrophic Shifts in drylands: how CAn we prevent ecosystem DEgradation?

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 283068

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 715 999,80

  • EU contribution

    € 5 889 999,15

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Objective

The aim of CASCADE is to obtain a better understanding of sudden ecosystem shifts that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to define measures that can be used to prevent such shifts. The focus of CASCADE is explicitly on drylands as being one of the most fragile and threatened ecosystems in Europe. CASCADE will investigate the historical evolution of dryland ecosystems in six Mediterranean study sites, and improve understanding of the biogeochemical mechanisms underlying sudden and catastrophic shifts through a combination of experimentation and modeling. Experiments in laboratory and field will be used to assess the biogeochemical processes that are thought to underlie regime shifts in drylands, to study the interplay between competition and facilitation, and to assess the effects of biotic and abiotic processes on vegetation structure and composition. Field surveys will identify changes in ecosystem structure and functions that indicate approaching or crossing of tipping points, link these findings to experimental results, and assess potentials for restoration. Models will be developed to describe regime shifts in the studied drylands in terms of changes in vegetation composition, abundance and spatial patterning. Based on both experimentation and modelling, CASCADE will develop management schemes for sustainable resource use and conservation of ecosystem services. By combining physical with socio-economic modeling, measures will be defined that work from an ecological as well as a socio-economic perspective. The results of CASCADE will be made accessible to natural resource and biodiversity managers, policy makers, and other audiences, using a variety of dissemination methods such as reports, booklets, newsletters, meetings, videos, and TV. All project results and recommendations will be stored and made accessible to the public by developing a web-based harmonized CASCADE information system (CASCADIS).
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Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 624 468,15

Administrative Contact

Coen J. Ritsema (Prof.)

Participants (14)

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 465 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 374 880

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 387 480

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 465 000

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 374 760

FONDAZIONE PER LO SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE DEL MEDITERRANEO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 369 090

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 207 364

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 387 448

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 294 045,90

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 311 040

TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 362 400

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 802 031,90

FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES DEL MEDITERRANEO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 418 730,18

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 46 261,02

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 283068

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 715 999,80

  • EU contribution

    € 5 889 999,15

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands