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AQUAtic INVAders: Early Detection, Control and Management

Objective

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are on the rise due to the synergistic effects of climate change and habitat destruction. The impacts of AIS on Biodiversity, human health, and loss of ecosystem services are well known, but their control and management has now become a worldwide priority. Successful management of AIS is challenging because it requires several steps in succession: (1) early detection, (2) identification of routes of introduction and pathways of dispersal, and (3) development of efficient control measures. However, public awareness and stakeholder involvement are also critical .The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of citizen science to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS. This will be achieved via a multi-disciplinary network of experts in invasion biology, aquatic biotechnology, citizen science and environmental policy working from 3 different countries. The inter-sectoral dimension of the consortium consists of fundamental and applied scientists from 3 universities, 1 technological institute, 2 government agencies, 1 NGO and 5 SMEs. AQUAINVAD-ED will catalyse research and commercial activity in the detection and management of AIS, as well as in the implementation of codes of good practice for the European industry and Government agencies. This will be achieved by training the next generation of researchers on the principles of invasion biology, providing them with the skills necessary to detect and quantify the ecological and socio-economic impacts of AIS and the ability to communicate science to the general public. The training program will be delivered through individual research projects, active participation in network activities and a unique combination of specialised courses, designed to increase employability in the consultancy sector, government, academia, and the water industry.

Coordinator

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 819 863,64
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
United Kingdom

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Region
Wales West Wales and The Valleys Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo

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Region
Principado de Asturias Asturias
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NATURAL RESOURCES BODY FOR WALES

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Cambria House 29 Newport Road
CF24 0TP Cardiff

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Region
Wales East Wales Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators S.r.l
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Viale Giuseppe Mazzini 26
50132 Firenze

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NEOALGAE MICRO SEAWEEDS PRODUCTS SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
C/ Carmen Leal Mata 191
33211 Gijon

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Principado de Asturias Asturias
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00