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Assessing LArge-scale environmental Risks with tested Methods

Assessing LArge-scale environmental Risks with tested Methods

Objective

Based on a better understanding of terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem functioning ALARM will develop and test methods and protocols for the assessment of large-scale environmental risks in order to minimise negative direct and indirect human impacts. Research will focus on assessment and forecast of changes in biodiversity and in structure, function, and dynamics of ecosystems. This relates to ecosystem services and includes the relationship between society, economy and biodiversity. In particular, risks arising from climate change, environmental chemicals, biological invasions and pollinator loss in the context of current and future European land use patterns will be assessed. There are an increasing number of case studies on the environmental risks subsequent to each of these impacts. This yields an improved understanding on how these act individually and affect living systems. Whereas the knowledge on how they act in concert is poor and ALARM will be the first research initiative with the critical mass needed to deal with such aspects of combined impacts and their consequences. Risk assessments in ALARM will be hierarchical and examine a range of organisational (genes, species, ecosystems), temporal (seasonal, annual, decadal) and spatial scales (habitat, region, continent) determined by the appropriate resolution of current case studies and databases. Socio-economics as a cross-cutting theme will contribute to the integration of driver-specific risk assessment tools and methods and will develop instruments to communicate risks to biodiversity toned users, and indicate policy options to mitigate such risks The ALARM consortium combines the expertise of 53 partners from 26 countries (14 EU, 7 NAS, Israel, Switzerland, and 3 INCO states). ALARM encompasses 7 Sees as full partners with central responsibilities and with a share of more than 10% of the project resources.

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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Address

Permoser Strasse 15
Leipzig

Germany

Administrative Contact

Josef SETTELE (Dr)

Participants (68)

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

BIOMATHEMATICS & STATISTICS SCOTLAND

United Kingdom

BOURGAS "PROF. AS. ZLATAROV" UNIVERSITY

Bulgaria

CAB INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

CENTER ZA KARTOGRAFIJO FAVNE IN FLORE

Slovenia

CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH, POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE

Italy

CREAF - CENTER FOR ECOLOGICAL RESERACH AND FORESTRY APPLICATIONS

Spain

EIDGENOSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH

Switzerland

EL COLEGIO DE LA FRONTERA SUR

Mexico

ESTONIAN INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE TALLINN CENTRE

Estonia

FACULTAD LATINOAMERICANA DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES SEDE ACADEMICA GUATEMALA

Guatemala

FINNISH ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

Finland

FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LA ECOLOGIA

Bolivia

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN

Germany

GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE LANDSCHAFTSoKOLOGIE UND UMWELTPLANUNG DR. OTT MBH

Germany

ILMATIETEEN LAITOS

Finland

INSTITUT FOR BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH SINISA STANKOVIC

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CLUJ-NAPOCA

Romania

INSTITUTE OF BOTANY, ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Czechia

INSTITUTE OF CYTOLOGY AND GENETICS, SIBERIAN BRANCH OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

INSTITUTE OF NATURE CONSERVATION, POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY - CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE INVESTIGACIONES DE LAS ZONAS ARIDAS

Argentina

INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Philippines

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

MARINE ORGANISM INVESTIGATIONS

Ireland

MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG

Germany

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Denmark

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY & HYDROLOGY

United Kingdom

ODESSA BRANCH OF O.O. KOVALEVSKY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS - NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE

Ukraine

OLANIS EXPERTENSYSTEME GMBH

Germany

PENSOFT PUBLISHERS

Bulgaria

POTSDAM-INSTITUT FUR KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

PROCTER & GAMBLE EUROCOR

Belgium

SCIENTIFIC-PRACTICAL CENTRE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF BELARUS FOR BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES

Belarus

SERI NACHHALTIGKEITSFORSCHUNGS UND -KOMMUNIKATIONS GMBH

Austria

ST. PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

Russia

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

UMEA UNIVERSITY

Sweden

UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCION

Chile

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF BERN

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF EVORA

Portugal

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

Israel

UNIVERSITY OF HANNOVER

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN

Greece

UNIVERSITY OF VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES

France

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Austria

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI

Poland

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

V.N. SUKACHEV INSTITUTE OF FOREST - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (SIBERIAN BRANCH)

Russia

ZOOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506675

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 590 643

  • EU contribution

    € 12 798 051

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany