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Cooperation and shared strategies for biodiversity research programmes in Europe
www.biodiversa.org/

Acronym: BiodivERsA 2
Period: November 2010 till November 2014
Status: Completed
 Institutes 

Institutes (17)  Top 
  • Ministério da Ciência e da Tecnologia; Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), more
  • French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), more
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more
  • Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF), more
  • Estonian research council (ETAG), more
  • French National Research Agency (ANR), more
  • Ministère de l’Ecologie, de l'Energie, du Développement et de l’Aménagement durables (MEDDE), more
  • German Research Foundation (DFG), more
  • Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), more
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), more
  • The Research Council of Norway (RCN), more
  • Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competiveness (MINECO), more
  • Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), more
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), more
  • The Secretary Of State For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA), more
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), more
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), more

Abstract
The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing them and providing scientific support to policy requires a coherent research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues.

By networking 21 funding agencies from 15 countries, BiodivERsA aims to strengthen the ERA on biodiversity. Building on the experience of the ERA-Net BiodivERsA, but with a wider, more balanced network, BiodivERsA will promote a strategy for biodiversity research, in partnership with other players in the field, and will organize joint funding to better integrate biodiversity science.

The objectives are to:

develop an efficient agenda-setting mechanism, based on a continuously developed strategy linking existing international agendas with national and institutional priorities
instate a recurrent, well-identified funding scheme for transnational biodiversity research projects
play an active role in the processes and interfaces to inform policy and users
prepare the establishment of a sustainable, independent funding platform for biodiversity research

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