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Developing a knowledge network for European expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors

Activity Code: ENV.2010.2.1.4-3
Coordinator:Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ


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.

Project Details:

Duration: 36 months
EU Contribution: 998,719 Euro
Funding Scheme: Coordination (or networking) actions
Administrative Contact Person: Annette Schmidt, annette.schmidt@ufz.de


  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
  • Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
  • Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Belgium
  • CLIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, Portugal
  • Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek (NIOZ), Netherlands
  • Fondation française pour la recherche sur la biodivsersité, France
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Netherlands
  • Universität Wien, Austria
  • Stiftelsen Norsk Institu´tt for Naturforskning, Norway
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
  • MTA Okologial es Botanikai Kutatointezete, Hungary
  • Stichting Europees Centrum voor Natuurbescherming, Netherlands
  • Bangor University, United Kingdom
  • Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek, Belgium
  • Umweltbundesamt GmbH, Austria
  • Suomen Ymparistokeskus, Finland
  • Botanical, Environmental & Conservation Consultants, Ireland
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee VZW, Belgium