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Major milestone for European LTER research infrastructure, eLTER RI
The eLTER Research Infrastructure is included in the 2018 ESFRI roadmap, thus paving the way for its further development.
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Habitat mapping method could help restore biodiversity
A new method for mapping long-term changes in habitat over large areas and in fine detail has been developed, which could help inform conservation plans to restore biodiversity to previous states. In a UK case study, researchers have used it to demonstrate the dramatic effects of intensive agriculture and afforestation on rural habitats since the 1930s.
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Intensity of land use doubled in the 20th century
Newly published research by ALTER-Net partners into the human appropriation of net primary productivity
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UFZ scientist selected as Co-Chair for a new global assessment
An eminent scientist at one of ALTER-Net's partner organisations in Germany will co-chair a major new global assessment commissioned by the 125 governments comprising the IPBES.
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Last few places left on modelling course in Spain
There are a few places left on the course 'Introduction to individual-based models in ecology using NetLogo', that will take place in Spain in May. The tutors are from ALTER-Net partner, UFZ.
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ALTER-Net partners contribute to second paper on European mountain vegetation responses to climate change
A new pan-European study published in the journal Science shows that mountain plants across the continent are moving to higher altitudes, but that such upward shifts can lead to a reduction in species richness.
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ALTER-Net partners collaborate to study tropical forest biodiversity's role in responding to climate change
The EU-funded ROBIN project (Role of Biodiversity in Climate Change Mitigation) involves four ALTER-Net partners. Good progress has been made so far, as explained in a series of articles that summarise the approaches being taken.
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Policyscapes – Nature-based policy mixes for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision
A new policy brief from the POLICYMIX project explains the relevance of the project's findings for the EU research agenda on nature-based solutions
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Paper on stakeholder perceptives of the ecosystem services concept published
A recent paper from members of the PEER network, looking at the benefits and limitations of the ecosystem services concept in environmental policy and decision making has been published.
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Research by ALTER-Net partners featured in magazine ◄A►
The latest issue of International Innovation (Environment) considers research needs post-Rio+20
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