Biodiversa+ - the European Biodiversity Partnership
The new co-funded European Biodiversity Partnership Biodiversa+ follows the previous ERA network BiodivERsA. With its expanded funding network and budget, Biodiversa+ promotes transnational research projects to build bridges between science, policy and practice.
Biodiversa+ is the new European Biodiversity Partnership that supports biodiversity research
The progressive loss of biodiversity and intact ecosystems endangers the basis of human life on Earth. In order to preserve biodiversity, a long-term transformation process is necessary that fundamentally changes the relationship between humans and nature.
The challenges and opportunities of this transformation are assesseded by, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The assessment's results will provide important guidance for the further design of Biodiversa+. As an important part of the European Biodiversity Strategy, Biodiversa+ gathers 74 funding agencies and environmental policy actors from 37 European and associated countries to work on five main objectives:
- Plan and support research and innovation on biodiversity through a shared strategy, annual joint calls for research projects and capacity building activities
- Set up a network of harmonised schemes to improve monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem services across Europe
- Contribute to high-end knowledge for deploying Nature-based Solutions and valuation of biodiversity in the private sector
- Ensure efficient science-based support for policy-making and implementation in Europe
- Strengthen the relevance and impact of pan-European research on biodiversity in a global context
Biodiversa+ has set out the path towards these goals in its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). Three complementary Topical Themes and two Cross-cutting Themes structure the work of the partnership:
- Theme 1 is dedicated to better knowledge on the protection and restoration of biodiversity. The focus is on the status quo, trends and multifunctional landscapes.
- Theme 2 focuses on actionable knowledge for transformative change. Here, the focus of the work is on impact and dependencies, implementation efficiency and market uptake of nature-based solutions.
- Theme 3 aims to make the European Union capable of acting on a global level. Teleconnections, i.e. the interaction of spatially distant human and natural systems and their socio-economic and ecological effects, as well as the importance of local drivers and megatrends, are to be mentioned here as guidelines.
- The two cross-cutting themes (A) for a better knowledge of biodiversity and its dynamics and (B) for a better knowledge to develop, deploy and assess nature-based solutions in the context of global change complete the research strategy.
As with ERA-Net BiodivERsA, the objectives of the announcements and the work priorities in Biodiversa+ are continuously coordinated with the processes, actors and stakeholders in research, politics and society.
Previous Biodiversa+ calls:
- Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea
- Funding decision expected in autumn 2022