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Preparedness and capacity building for emerging epidemics

Emerging Diseases in a Changing European Environment

EC contribution
: € 11 500 000
: 60 months
Starting date
: 01/11/2004
: IP
: Emerging disease, rodent-borne diseases, malaria, leishmaniasis, tick-borne encephalitis, West-Nile fever, Rift Valley fever, rodents, mosquitoes, sandflies, ticks, ecosystem, remote sensing, mathematical modelling, biology, ecology, risk map, public health, early-warning system, Europe, biome, climate change, environmental change
Project Number
: GOCE-CT-2003-010284


EDEN gathers 49 public and private research institutes from 24 countries with the combined experience and skills to reach the project's common goals. The ecological and geographical diversity of the project area covers all relevant European ecosystems: from the polar circle in the north to the Mediterranean basin and its link with West Africa in the south, and from Portugal in the west to the Danube delta in the east.

EDEN is organised into a series of 'vertical' sub-projects, led and managed by internationally recognised experts, and linked together by a series of integrative 'horizontal' activities that include biodiversity monitoring, environmental change detection, disease modelling, remote sensing and image interpretation, information and communication.

The leader of each group (sub-project or integrative team) is directly responsible for central management and sits on the steering committee. Relevant management decisions are taken at each level with maximal use of e-communication, on the principle of no reply constituting an agreement.


In recent years, several vector-borne, parasitic or zoonotic diseases have (re-)emerged and spread in Europe and elsewhere with major health, ecological, socio-economic and political consequences. At present, little is known about the causes of such changes and the relative contributions to them of human-induced landscape changes, changing activity patterns, the breakdown of traditional control methods and global and local changes in climate. Europe must anticipate, prevent and control new emergences to avoid major societal and economical crises. EDEN offers a unique opportunity to prepare for uncertainties about the future of the European environment by exploring the impact of environmental and other changes on human health.

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