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Spotlight on key projects

ALARM developed and tested methods for assessing large-scale environmental risks to help minimise negative direct and indirect human impacts. Research focused on the assessment and forecast of changes in biodiversity and in the structure, functions and dynamics of ecosystems.

This project set out to create a European long-term interdisciplinary facility for research on the relationship between ecosystems, biodiversity and society. It provided research support for policy assessment and development on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the EU.

BIOSCORE is devising a tool for linking pressures from policy sectors to the state of biodiversity. This tool will be used for assessing impacts and the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation policies and forecasting future impacts.

This project aims to improve understanding on how biodiversity is affected by historic and current land use changes. Based on the results, policy options and decision tools will be developed for main EU policy areas mitigating future biodiversity loss.

The overall objective of EDIT is to integrate European taxonomic effort within the ERA and to build a world leading capacity. EDIT will create a European virtual centre of excellence, which will increase both the scientific basis and capacity for biodiversity conservation.

EUMON worked to provide a framework that standardises and coordinates existing monitoring programmes by comparing and integrating existing methods and monitoring schemes of species and habitats of community interests.

MACIS is reviewing and analysing the existing projections of climate change impacts on biodiversity. It is assessing the available options to prevent and minimise negative impacts up to 2050 and reviewing the state of the art on methods to assess the probable future impacts on biodiversity.

RUBICODE translated biodiversity threats into a tangible factor for decision-making by examining what biodiversity does for us. Its aim was to increase the understanding of the need for adequate conservation policies, which are essential to halting biodiversity loss.