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Such is the wealth of biodiversity in Latin America that several countries sport the label 'megadiverse'. But biological hotspots are also often home to precious cultural diversity. EU and Latin American researchers studied community-based initiatives to protect both - together known as 'biocultural diversity'. The findings fed into guides to local conservation.
Published: 20 January 2016
In the battle against climate change, more funding is being directed to preserving the planet's forests and wilderness regions - often home to marginalised Indigenous peoples. Project COBRA is showing how their skills and experience can help make these vital conservation efforts more successful, with the UN Development Programme keeping a close eye.
Published: 8 January 2016
By studying the impact of climate change on some of the ocean's smallest organisms, EU-funded researchers have identified trends that could have profound implications for the health of marine ecosystems and the global environment.
Published: 4 January 2016
Some of the most innovative sustainable transport initiatives are being driven by the world's emerging economies. An EU-funded project is making sure that European industry can learn and prosper from these developments.
Published: 16 December 2015
The EU-funded OpenNESS project aims to encourage informed, sustainable land, water and urban management by tapping the potential of ecosystem services and natural capital. Researchers are uploading the results from 26 case studies onto a pioneering online resource.
Published: 9 December 2015
Case studies carried out in Europe and Latin America as part of the EU-funded POLICYMIX project have shed new light on how the right mix of forest governance policies can help to conserve biodiversity and boost local economies.
Published: 8 December 2015
Climate change knows no boundaries. Its impacts are being felt everywhere, including in the Amazon River basin in South America. An EU-funded partnership between European and Brazilian researchers is studying the underlying mechanisms with a view to drawing up environmental and social mitigation policies.
Published: 7 December 2015
Through close cooperation between European and Brazilian scientists, an EU-funded project is developing and currently testing novel preclinical drug candidates designed to prevent various chronic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
Published: 4 December 2015
About 300 million people in 75 tropical and sub-tropical countries are infected with Schistosoma flatworms, which cause a debilitating disease. An EU-funded project looked into a new way of fighting the parasites: tackling specific enzymes in the worms to modify gene expression and stop their development in its tracks.
Published: 26 November 2015
Inflammation is not your enemy. It's a mechanism the body uses to keep us healthy, e.g. to fight invading pathogens. But sometimes, the immune system doesn't know when to stop, say EU-funded researchers. They are learning how to get the message across, in a bid to help tackle diseases caused when our tiny defenders go rogue.
Published: 25 November 2015