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Identification of best practices for biodiversity recovery and public health interventions to prevent future epidemics and pandemics

Objective

"Epidemics and pandemics - most of them caused by zoonotic and vector-borne emerging diseases - are globally threatening our health and welfare at an alarming pace. Prevention of future disease outbreaks will be pivotal to secure human welfare and demands transformative change. ""Biodiversity-is-good-for-our-health"" has become a new paradigm in disease risk mitigation. Consequently, nature restoration targeting biodiversity recovery - isolated or in combination with public health interventions - has been identified as a major disease risk mitigation tool. While there are thousands of ongoing and planned nature restoration projects globally, we lack knowledge a) if such restorations indeed interrupt the infect-shed-spill-spread cascade and mitigate disease risk, b) or if they rather amplify the risk and c) on success factors characterizing restorations that mitigate disease risk. BEPREP will fill this lack in knowledge and provide practical guidance. In spatially and temporally replicated field studies and experiments in case studies in Europe and the tropics, we will study a)-c) and reveal the causal mechanisms of infection dynamics and of drivers along the infect-shed-spill-spread cascade. BEPREP's participatory and transsectorial approach by actively involving indigenous and local communities will enable the identification of success factors of best practice restorations and interventions, incl. nature-based solutions, to guide future biodiversity recovery measures that promote healthy ecosystems. These success factors will contribute to a) interrupt the infect-shed-spill-spread cascade and b) ultimately prevent disease outbreaks. The results of BEPREP help to create a European society prepared and responsive to disease risk. BEPREP will hence accelerate the ecological transition required to meet EU's Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 as a core part of EU's Green Deal and support a green recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic."

Coordinator

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Net EU contribution
€ 997 300,00
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Finland

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 45 013,75

Participants (10)

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 638 496,00
Address
Seminaarinkatu 15
40100 Jyvaskyla

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Region
Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Keski-Suomi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,25
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 650 000,00
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
Net EU contribution
€ 281 737,50
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 133 031,00
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,25
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 150 158,75
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
FRIEDRICH LOEFFLER INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER TIERGESUNDHEIT
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 854 775,00
Address
Sudufer 10
17493 Greifswald-insel Riems

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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Vorpommern-Greifswald
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
FONDAZIONE EDMUND MACH
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 299 968,75
Address
Via Edmondo Mach 1
38098 San Michele All'adige

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Region
Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma di Trento Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Tanzania
Net EU contribution
€ 85 062,50
Address
Sokoine University Of Agriculture
Morogoro

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD CES
Colombia
Net EU contribution
€ 649 125,00
Address
Cl 10 A 22 04
050021 Medellin

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 685 250,00
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (3)

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DA BAHIA
Brazil
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rua Augusto Vianna Sn Canela
40110-060 Salvador

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster

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Region
North West (England) Lancashire Lancaster and Wyre
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data
TRAFFIC INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
The David Attenborough Building Pembroke Street
CB2 3QZ Cambridge

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Other
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No data