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Harmonising research and policy

The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy was established in 1999 with the aim of improving the effectiveness and relevance of European biodiversity research. The platform aims to contribute to:

  • EU biodiversity research strategies and priorities including issues that might be addressed within Framework Programmes;

  • Dissemination of best practice and understanding of biodiversity;

  • Exchange of information regarding biodiversity;

  • Essential biodiversity research in key European ecosystems; and

  • Research to support and improve management plans for [protected] areas, including Natura 2000.
Bringing together researchers and policy-makers from throughout Europe, the platform operates under the rotating EU presidency, and biannual ‘European Platform for Biodiversity’ meetings are hosted on specific themes.

Meetings to date have included:
  • From arctic to boreal ecosystems, Finland;
  • Islands and archipelagos: European biodiversity issues seen from the Atlantic, Portugal;
  • Biology of invasions, France;
  • Biodiversity of water and forest: science in support of the ecosystem approach, Sweden;
  • Scientific tools for biodiversity conservation: monitoring, modelling and experiments, Belgium; and
  • Catalogue of life: towards an integrative view of biodiversity on Earth, Madrid.
All states participating in Framework Programmes may send a senior scientist and a policy-maker from the field of biodiversity to the meetings.

Economics and policy in biodiversity

Demonstrating the myriad approaches to biodiversity research, an FP5 project team has developed an economic framework and hypotheses for the consideration of incentive mechanisms for biodiversity provision.
The application of this to biodiversity case studies will assess its robustness and create a platform for investigating the impact of policy on biodiversity conservation.
This research will help policymakers understand the impact of individual policies and assist them in developing legislation and initiatives with the greatest efficacy in biodiversity conservation and management.

Dr T. Swanson:



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