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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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2
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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
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Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
Spain

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Participants (25)

ISTITUTO DI STUDI PER L'INTEGRAZIONE DEI SISTEMI (ISIS)
Italy
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Via Flaminia 21
Roma

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UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
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Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart

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UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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St Olofsgatan 10b
Uppsala

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DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER.
Denmark
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Frederiksborgvej 399
Roskilde

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE - JRC
Belgium
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Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels

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SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
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Mechelininkatu 34 A
140 Helsinki

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SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET.
Denmark
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Campusvej 55
Odense

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HOEGSKOLAN I KALMAR.
Sweden
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Nygatan 18
Kalmar

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UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS
Spain
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Crta. Valldemossa Km 7.5, Son Lledo
Palma De Mallorca

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UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI
France
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4 Place Jussieu
Paris

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NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING (NIVA)
Norway
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Brekkeveien 19
Oslo

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INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
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155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux

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UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
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Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
Bruxelles

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UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
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Problemveien 5-7
Oslo

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RINGKJOEBING AMT
Denmark
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Damstraedet 2
Ringkoebing

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UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
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Claverton Down
Bath

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TERRAQUAT
Germany
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Steckfeldstr. 36
Stuttgart

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CENTRALE RECHERCHE SA
France
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Ecole Centrale De Paris, Grande Voie Des Vignes
Chatenay-malabry

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ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS - ARMINES
France
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Boulevard Saint-michel, 60
Paris

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INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
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Parvi Maj Street, 40
Varna

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TARTU UELIKOOL
Estonia
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Ülikooli St. 18
Tartu

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Paradisgatan 5c
Lund

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NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH - BIOFORSK
Norway
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Fredrik A. Dahlsvei 20
Aas

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DANISH MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Denmark
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Hojbro Plads 4
Copenhagen

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C

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