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A Long-term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

A Long-term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Objective

This Network of Excellence (NoE) will create a European long-term inter-disciplinary research facility for research on the complex relationship between ecosystems, biodiversity and society. It will provide research support for policy assessment and development on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the European Union, and a stable facility for information retrieval and reporting on biodiversity-related issues. It will achieve this by implementing research, management and cultural changes within and between its component organisations, and through the development of integrated research agendas that will focus the research activities of its members on priority policy issues. The result will be a unique inter-disciplinary network linking a variety of stakeholders including research scientists, science communicators, policy makers and the public. In order to ensure durable integration of 24 partners from 17 countries, this NoE will build on 4 existing co-operative programmes that deal with complementary aspects of biodiversity research. These are PEER/CONNECTJLTER, ECSITE and ECNC. A novel approach to integration of ecological and socio-environmental methodologies will be developed, recognising the fact that biodiversity research should be done only in the context of ecosystems and their long- term dynamics. To achieve this, the core research undertaken by the NoE will be structured around a common framework based on the Drivers-Pressures-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) model. This framework will ensure that research contributes directly to our understanding of the inter-relationship between biodiversity and the services it provides to society, and vice versa. The framework, and the research it supports, will also facilitate the long-term institutional changes that will be necessary to accomplish the ALTER-net objectives for durable integration.

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Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Address

Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon, Wilts

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Terry PARR (Dr)

Participants (25)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

HYDROBIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, CZECH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Czechia

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR NATURE CONSERVATION

Netherlands

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR NATURE RESEARCH

Norway

MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG - HALLE GMBH

Germany

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF DENMARK

Denmark

ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN

Germany

CORPO FORESTALE DELLO STATO (SERVIZIO CONECOFOR)

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST

Romania

INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

FINNISH ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

Finland

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET, SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS (SPANISH COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH)

Spain

INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND BOTANY OF THE HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

INSTITUUT VOOR NATUURBEHOUD (BELGIAN INSTITUTE OF NATURE CONSERVATION)

Belgium

AT-BRISTOL LTD

United Kingdom

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS'

France

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GBMH (FEDERAL ENVIRONMENT AGENCY)

Austria

PLANBUREAU VOOR DE LEEFOMGEVING (NETHERLANDS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AGENCY)

Netherlands

POTSDAM-INSTITUT FÜR KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

BIOLOGY CENTRE, ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Czechia

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - EUROPEAN REGIONAL CENTRE FOR ECOHYDROLOGY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF UNESCO

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505298

  • Start date

    1 April 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 254 000 000

  • EU contribution

    € 10 000 000

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom