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Developing a Knowledge Network for European Expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making and economic sectors
www.biodiversityknowledge.eu/project

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Acronym: KNEU
Period: November 2010 till November 2013
Status: Completed

Institutes (16)  Top 
  • Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), more
  • Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), more
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (IRScNB/KBIN), more
  • University of Porto; Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (Porto) (CIIMAR), more
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ), more
  • French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), more
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre; Alterra, more
  • University of Vienna, more
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), more
  • Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), more
  • European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC), more
  • Bangor University, more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), more
  • Federal Environmental Agency (UBA-QA), more
  • Suomen Ymparistokeskus, more
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more

Abstract:
The Network of Knowledge BiodiversityKnowledge will be developed and communicated by the EU-project KNEU - Developing a Knowledge Network for EUropean expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors, funded under FP7 as coordination action (Grant No.265299).

The project will develop a NoK prototype via 4 main steps:

  • We will produce an overview of the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe thus providing a basis for the design and potential contributors to a NoK. (WP1)
  • We will develop a first prototype NoK, based on the current landscape and discussing structural, methodological and functional issue of a NoK with the community of knowledge hodlers via online media – this website – a set of regional workshops and a European conference discussion the concrete setting of the prototype. (WP2)
  • We will test the prototype for 3 major case study areas for biodiversity governance: agriculture, conservation and marine biodiversity. For these areas, recent governance challenges in need for knowledge input to solve them will be identified with potential clients from policy and other decision makers and then be tackled by the NoK prototype, aiming to derive input into the societal discussions, but in first place, testing the NoK structure with respect to its effectiveness. (WP3)
  • We will use the experience to further revise the NoK prototype and probably come up with best practices and if possible a recommended deisgn for a future NoK structure (WP5).

The steps will be guided by an internal evaluation process (WP4) and by a communication and dissemination approach (WP6), thus ensuring a high profile and broad involvement into the projects steps.

The project comprises a consortium of 18 leading institutions in Europe on biodiversity and ecosystem services research and governance. The consortium understands itself as a facilitator in developing the Network of Knowledge, aiming at a broad involvement from partners across the biodiversity knowledge landscape.

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