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Biodiversity and trade: mitigating the impacts of non-food biomass global supply chains

Objective

Despite its importance, biodiversity is at a high risk of a 6th mass extinction. Widespread trade networks spanning our globe allow consumption in one part of the world to cause biodiversity impacts elsewhere. Unfortunately, we have limited and incomplete tools for assessing the impacts of trade on biodiversity, which hampers mitigating these losses for policymakers, retailers and other stakeholders.
In BAMBOO, we want to rectify this situation with a focus on non-food biomass. We will develop models to quantify biodiversity impacts using four indicators: species richness, mean species abundance, functional diversity and ecosystem services. We will use LC-IMPACT and GLOBIO for impact categories that already exist but update them to the newest state. More importantly, we will complement them with novel impact categories to cover impacts across the terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms.
We will create a new, hybrid multiregional input-output (MRIO) model based on the well-known EXIOBASE and the biomass-specific FABIO models. This MRIO model will be linked to our impact assessment methods and the integrated assessment model IMAGE for scenario generation to assess global trade and identify potential leverage points for halting and reversing biodiversity loss now and under future scenarios. Apart from global assessments and recommendations, we will test our models on two local case studies: fishmeal production in Peru and cotton production in Tanzania.
To maximize our outreach, we plan to develop an online tool that will allow stakeholders to use all models easily. In general, our models will be freely available on Zenodo.
Overall, BAMBOO will provide comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the effects of biomass trade from land and sea on biodiversity and ecosystem services and an improved way of identifying leverage points. This will ultimately contribute to better environmental decision-making, supporting to reach science-based targets and the SDGs.

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Net EU contribution
€ 1 101 550,00
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 101 550,00

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 646 883,00
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 646 883,00
WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 529 550,00
Address
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 529 550,00
MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 404 500,00
Address
Rijnstraat 8
2500 EX Den Haag

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 404 500,00
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL PERU
Peru
Net EU contribution
€ 50 485,00
Address
Avenida Universitaria 1801 San Miguel
15088 Lima

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 50 485,00
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Tanzania
Net EU contribution
€ 18 575,00
Address
Sokoine University Of Agriculture
Morogoro

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 18 575,00
APRI - AFRICA POLICY RESEARCH PRIVATE INSTITUTE GUG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 55 137,00
Address
Brunnenstrasse 9
10119 Berlin

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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
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 55 137,00

Partners (1)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00