The specific objectives of the FORTHREATS project are:
1. Constitution of a network of expertise from old and new EU member states on possible threats to European forest ecosystems posed by emerging diseases and alien species.
2. Identifying and listing possible threats to European forest ecosystems posed by emerging diseases and alien species.
3. Identifying and listing likely origins of threats and modes of movement in Europe.
4. Qualifying and quantifying major threats in a geographic and climatic context.
5. Indicate: i) possible ways for preventing introductions, ii) environmentally compatible control measures, and iii) suggested areas in need of attention for legislation.
6. Prepare suggestions for standardization of methodology etc.
7. Indicate areas were future research is needed. This will be done by setting up a network of experts, that also have contacts with other organisations, authorities, and research initiatives; by synthesising existing knowledge both published and available through the expert network; and by suggesting good practices and areas in need for further research or other attention. We plan to make a synthesis of the literature findings, the outcomes of the partner meetings and discussions, and the input from the invited external experts.
The synthesis will provide an overview of the threat situation in Europe broken down on geographic and climatic regions, and a rating of the degree of risk posed by the indicated threats. We will report on suggestions for good practices and standards for detection and monitoring, and will evaluate novel ideas to prevent the diseases or to minimize their impact.
The proposed CA is highly relevant to the objectives of the Work Programme SSP5 and fully complies with research priorities of the Call SSP5-A, specifically addressing the Task 30 under area B.1.1 "Sustainable management of Europe's natural resources".
Field of science
- /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany
- /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
Call for proposal
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Funding SchemeCA - Coordination action