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Why living close to nature may be good for you ◄A►

This is the theme of the latest topic on our sister website, Nature and Biodiversity News & Views.

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New catalogue of Arctic research stations

New catalogue of Arctic research stations

The EU-funded INTERACT project has produced a catalogue of northern-latitude research stations included in its network, to help researchers plan Arctic-based research.

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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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MEP to talk at joint ALTER-Net/PEER conference session ◄A►

Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP will be one of the speakers at the Euroscience Open Forum conference session on green infrastructure being co-organised by ALTER-Net and PEER.

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ALTER-Net LinkedIn group welcomes its 500th member  ◄A►

ALTER-Net LinkedIn group welcomes its 500th member ◄A►

There are now 500 members of our group on LinkedIn, the networking system for professionals.

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Follow the first BiodiversityKnowledge conference online

All the plenary talks at the conference, which takes place from 21-23 May, will be webstreamed live. You can also submit questions to the conference via e-mail and Twitter

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Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues: expert input sought

Experts are invited to submit recommendations to the online Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogue on Forests

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ILTER endorsed by the Global Land Project

The Global Land Project has formally accepted ILTER as an endorsed network, enabling ILTER to participate more strongly in GLP research programmes.

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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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Live stream from Planet Under Pressure conference

If you are not at the Planet Under Pressure conference, you can still follow proceedings!

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Review charts the 20-year development of Europe's Natura 2000 protected area network

The Habitats Directive is 20 years old this year. A recently published article reviews the development of the Natura 2000 during that time

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Decrease in funding for, and a loss of visibility of, biodiversity research in the successive European Research Framework Programmes

Since the financial crisis there has been a decrease in funding for and a loss of visibility of biodiversity research in the successive European Research Framework Programmes. The new framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, illustrates quite well this trend and leaves biodiversity research to find bits and pieces under “climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials” or "Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy"

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VU-IVM joins ALTER-Net ◄A►

ALTER-Net is pleased to welcome its latest member organisation, the Institute for Environmental Studies at VU University, Amsterdam

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ALTER-Net welcomes new partner ◄A►

ALTER-Net welcomes new partner ◄A►

The IGB – Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany, has joined ALTER-Net

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EC consults over legislation on invasive alien species

The European Commission is working on a legislative instrument on Invasive Alien Species and it is open for consultation until 12 April 2012.

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LTER and LTSER sites are excellent for studying ecosystem services and climate change

LTER and LTSER sites are excellent for studying ecosystem services and climate change

The EU Life+ VACCIA project was based on nine sites of the Finnish LTER network (FinLTSER). The final report of the project is now available in the web.

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