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Thresholds of Environmental Sustainability

Thresholds of Environmental Sustainability

Objective

THRESHOLDS seeks to contribute to the development of Sustainability Science and through the implementation of a procedure for policy formulation based on the development of a target setting process that integrates scientific knowledge on thresholds of indicators of environmental sustainability, the socio-economic activities that impinge in these indicators and the components of their vulnerability, and the evaluation of the resulting externalities associated with these socioeconomic activities. THRESHOLDS carries out innovative crosscutting research to develop, improve and integrate tools and methods to provide the basis to formulate sustainable strategies through research to deliver the scientific tools to identify Thresholds and Points of No-return of Environmental Sustainability and externality valuations required to define targets for the development of the European Sustainable Development Strategy. The THRESHOLDS IP will confront complex behaviour of ecosystems, such as regime shifts between alternative stable states, and complexity in valuation of the sectors affecting environmental quality, such as non-linear cost-pressure relationships and multi-sectorial situations to develop procedures that accommodate to the complexity of the socio-economic and environmental systems. The tools developed will be applied to case studies in the European coastal zone, where policy needs are pressing, involving increasing levels of complexity, from local to pan-European. THRESHOLDS IP will draw on the extensive data sets and research results produced on the basis of national efforts as well as previous framework programmes, which have focussed on major environmental problems and have delivered models and data which can be used to define Thresholds and Points of No Return. The THRESHOLDS IP, will, therefore, build on the European Research Area concept and add value to the applications of results derived from national and FP 6-funded research.

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Coordinator

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Address

Calle Serrano 117
Madrid

Spain

Administrative Contact

Carlos M. DUARTE (Mr)

Participants (25)

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ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L'INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI (ISIS)

Italy

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER.

Denmark

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE - JRC

Belgium

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET.

Denmark

HOEGSKOLAN I KALMAR.

Sweden

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI

France

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING (NIVA)

Norway

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

RINGKJOEBING AMT

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

TERRAQUAT

Germany

CENTRALE RECHERCHE SA

France

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS - ARMINES

France

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

TARTU UELIKOOL

Estonia

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH - BIOFORSK

Norway

DANISH MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Denmark

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 3933

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 875 237

  • EU contribution

    € 4 998 288

Coordinated by:

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain