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BiodivERsA2

ERA-net on Biodiversity: Towards integrated European biodiversity research strategy and programmes

Start date 1 November 2010
End date 31 October 2014
Duration 48 months
Programme acronym FP7-ENVIRONMENT
Website www.biodiversa.org
Total costs 2,644,399
Contribution by EC 1,999,600
Coordinator
Foundation for Research on Biodiversity
Contact person Xavier Le Roux
Participants
Austrian Science Fund
Scientific and Technical Information Service
Bulgarian National Science Fund
German Aerospace Center EV
German Research Foundation
Estonian Research Council
Ministry of Science and Innovation
Foundation for Research on Biodiversity
Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
French National Research Agency
Ministry of Rural Development
Research Council of Lithuania
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Research Council of Norway
Foundation for Science and Technology
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Natural Environment Research Council
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
Observers
Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy - French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments
National Science Centre

Participants

23

Countries

15

Calls

4

Projects

35

Objective

The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing them and providing scientific support to policy requires a coherent research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues. By networking 21 funding agencies from 15 countries, BiodivERsA2 aims to strengthen the ERA on biodiversity. Building on the experience of the ERA-N...

The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing them and providing scientific support to policy requires a coherent research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues. By networking 21 funding agencies from 15 countries, BiodivERsA2 aims to strengthen the ERA on biodiversity. Building on the experience of the ERA-NET BiodivERsA, but with a wider, more balanced network, BiodivERsA2 promotes a strategy for biodiversity research, in partnership with other players in the field, and organizes joint funding to better integrate biodiversity science.
The specific objectives of BiodivERsA are to:

• develop an efficient agenda-setting mechanism for joint activities (including joint calls), taking into account existing research strategies and agendas at international levels along with national and institutional priorities
• instate a recurrent and visible funding opportunity for transnational biodiversity research projects
• play an active role in the processes and interfaces to inform policy and users
• demonstrate the usefulness and prepare the establishment of a longer term funding platform for biodiversity research

The project has six work packages.
WP1 promotes networking and sharing of best practice, ensuring the rapid integration of new members and the adoption of a framework for joint calls. WP2 analyses the biodiversity research landscape and enhances cooperation with stakeholders, with science-policy interfaces and with relevant infrastructure programmes.
Using outputs of WP1&2, WP3 produces a roadmap for joint funding allowing the implementation of annual calls for research proposals. These activities help in demonstrating the usefulness of a recurrent and consequent funding opportunity as offered by BiodivERsA for European biodiversity research. This will provide solid grounds for the network to become a long term funding platform for European biodiversity research, which will be fostered by WP4. WP5 develops and implements a communication strategy and enhances project web-products. WP6 allows an efficient coordination and management.

Mapping

To foster a coherent vision for the setting of priorities in biodiversity research, as well as to avoid wasteful overlaps, BiodivERsA has established a common strategic agenda to support European biodiversity research. This agenda is built upon existing research and biodiversity strategies and priorities (at agency, national and international levels) allowing the identification of common thematic priorities among BiodivERsA partners. In order to remain relevant against pressing issues in the ...

To foster a coherent vision for the setting of priorities in biodiversity research, as well as to avoid wasteful overlaps, BiodivERsA has established a common strategic agenda to support European biodiversity research. This agenda is built upon existing research and biodiversity strategies and priorities (at agency, national and international levels) allowing the identification of common thematic priorities among BiodivERsA partners. In order to remain relevant against pressing issues in the field of biodiversity research, policy and management in rapidly evolving landscape, the BiodivERsA agenda is updated yearly. An updated version can be found here: http://www.biodiversa.org/70.

In addition to annual joint calls, BiodivERsA partners pursue a set of activities that include mapping and horizon scanning and the development of best practices and guidelines to promote and enhance the profile of pan- European biodiversity research. In this context, several BiodivERsA reports are currently being developed. In particular, the “Report on existing institutional biodiversity research policies and strategies of BiodivERsA2 partners and identification of common priorities” and the “BiodivERsA report on international strategies for biodiversity research” will offer a horizon scan of the European-wide and international landscape in which BiodivERsA evolves. Such analyses of national and international priorities for biodiversity research, in addition to liaison with main international and European initiatives, ensures that BiodivERsA’s strategy is not only coordinated amongst partners but also coherent with and relevant to the biodiversity research field at national and international scales.

 
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