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Developing a Knowledge Network for EUropean expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors

Developing a Knowledge Network for EUropean expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors

Objective

Knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services is well advanced in the European scientific community, as demonstrated by many excellent projects and their scientific impact. However, on the global as well as the European scale, there is a failure to communicate the knowledge gained into the policy-making process and society as a whole. Such communication efforts, must ensure that all relevant knowledge is accessible and that all existing biodiversity research communities and other knowledge holders are involved in a network structure that is linked to decision making bodies.
The overall objective of the project is thus to develop a recommended design for a scientific biodiversity Network of Knowledge (NoK) to inform policy-makers and other societal actors. This network shall be open, transparent, flexible, equally accessible to all, independent, be scientifically- and evidence-based and have a robust structure. It will develop links to relevant clients to support the science-society interface in Europe and beyond.
To achieve this, the project brings together expertise from all major biodiversity research fields (in the consortium and beyond). Beginning with mapping the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe (WP1), the project will develop a prototype NoK, involving a wide number of institutions and networks in biodiversity research and policy (WP2). This prototype will then be used as a vehicle to carry out case studies in relevant policy fields (agriculture, biodiversity conservation, marine issues) in order to test and trial its functioning and effectiveness (WP3). The experience gained will be evaluated by an additional expert group within the project (WP4) in order to provide input for developing a recommended design for a potential future Network of Knowledge (WP5). WP6 takes care of project management, and will ensure international cooperation and the proper communication with potential clients of the network and the research community.
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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Address

Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 260 264

Administrative Contact

Annette Schmidt (Ms.)

Participants (18)

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MTA OKOLOGIAI ES BOTANIKAI KUTATOINTEZETE

Hungary

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 55 711

INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 40 660

CIIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 80 250

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 3 210

FONDATION FRANCAISE POUR LA RECHERCHE SUR LA BIODIVERSITE

France

EU Contribution

€ 105 716

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 91 592

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 97 156

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 26 750

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 20 330

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA OKOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 27 071

STICHTING EUROPEES CENTRUM VOOR NATUURBESCHERMING

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 40 530

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 19 260

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR NATUUR- EN BOSONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 43 870

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 21 400

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 47 829

BOTANICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL & CONSERVATION CONSULTANTS LIMITED

Ireland

VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE ZEE VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 17 120

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265299

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 285 814,81

  • EU contribution

    € 998 719

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany