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Status and Trends of European Pollinators

Objective

Pollinators form a key component of European biodiversity, and provide vital ecosystem services to crops and wild plants. There is growing evidence of declines in both wild and domesticated pollinators, and parallel declines in plants relying upon them. STEP will document the nature and extent of these declines, examine functional traits associated with particular risk, develop a Red List of some European pollinator groups, in particular bees and lay the groundwork for future pollinator monitoring programmes. We will also assess the relative importance of potential drivers of such change, including climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, agrichemicals, pathogens, alien species, light pollution, and their interactions. We will measure the ecological and economic impacts of declining pollinator services and floral resources, including effects on wild plant populations, crop production and human nutrition. STEP will review existing and potential mitigation options, providing novel tests of their effectiveness across Europe. Our work will build upon existing datasets and models, complemented by spatially-replicated campaigns of field research to fill gaps in current knowledge. We will integrate our findings in a policy-relevant framework, creating Evidence-based Decision Support tools. We will also establish communication links to a wide range of stakeholders across Europe and beyond, including policy makers, beekeepers, farmers, academics and the general public. Taken together, our research programme will make great steps towards improving our understanding of the nature, causes, consequences and potential mitigation of declines in pollinator services at local, national, continental and global scales.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

Address

Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
Rg6 6ah Reading

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 392 954

Administrative Contact

Martha Brookes (Ms.)

Participants (21)

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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 333 003

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 230 040

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 229 964

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 244 819,50

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 287 281

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 20 323

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 140 336

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 121 508

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 100 800

PENSOFT PUBLISHERS

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 116 000

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 102 000

University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 51 180

UNIVERSITE DE MONS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 87 744

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 20 040

JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 332 477

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 19 525

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244090

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2010

  • End date

    31 January 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 787 289,45

  • EU contribution

    € 3 499 994,50

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom