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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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A-Z of biodiversity terms
An extensive glossary of terms relating to biodiversity, prepared by UNEP-WCMC and the Proteus Partnership, with support from the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues and OGP, the international association of oil and gas producers.
Biodiversity Information System for Europe
The Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE) is a single entry point for data and information on biodiversity in the EU. Bringing together facts and figures on biodiversity and ecosystem services, it links to related policies, environmental data centres, assessments and research findings from various sources. It is being developed to strengthen the knowledge base and support decision-making on biodiversity.
Biodiversity-related EU projects (listed on BIOTA)
This website lists a large number of current and completed projects concerning biodiversity
BiodiversityKnowledge is an initiative by researchers and practitioners to help all societal actors in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services to make better informed decisions. It aims to develop a collaborative Network of Knowledge, an open networking approach to boost the knowledge flow between biodiversity knowledge holders and users in Europe.
EC strategy to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services
The EU Biodiversity strategy ('Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020')
European Business & Biodiversity Campaign
Supporting businesses to become more sustainable and help protect biodiversity
European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS)
The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy is a forum at which natural and social scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders identify structure and focus strategically important research protect and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems.
Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the 'Innovation Union', a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. It is the successor to FP7.
EU project with a main objective to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
IPBES will be an interface between the scientific community and policy makers that aims to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making.
A European network consisting of mainly national Long-Term Ecosystem Research and Monitoring (LTER) networks covering terrestrial and freshwater environments. LTER also includes a growing number of larger Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) platforms in which interdisciplinary ecosystem research is carried out. ALTER-Net was intrumental in establishing this pan-European LTER network in Europe.
PEER (Partnership for European Environmental Research) is a partnership of seven of the largest European environmental centres founded in 2001 with the aim of combining forces to follow a joint strategy in environmental sciences and to enhance research on ecological sustainability. Six of the seven PEER partners are also members of ALTER-Net.
Research participant portal
Latest information on EU research funding calls
Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
SPIRAL - Interfacing Biodiversity and Policy
The overall aim of the SPIRAL project was to enhance the connectivity between biodiversity research and policy making in order to improve the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure
Science for Environment Policy In-Depth Report, March 2012. Green Infrastructure (GI) stands to improve quality of life in many ways, through its environmental, social and economic credentials, based on the multifunctional use of natural capital. Potentially a very valuable policy tool, GI’s multifunctionality could contribute to the achievement of a number of policy aims and fulfil the needs of a variety of stakeholder groups. GI can be created in many places, covering natural and semi-natural areas in urban, rural and marine areas, as well as man-made elements, such as green roofs and ecoducts over motorways, and restored lands, such as wetlands and mangroves. One of its major attractions is its ability to perform multiple functions on the same piece of land and/or water. While biodiversity remains at the core of GI, it is much more than a biodiversity conservation instrument. This report describes the different functions that GI seeks to execute and explores the scientific evidence behind its ability to perform these functions, using case studies where available.