BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum have launched joint call on "Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"

The ERA-NET Cofund BiodivERsA and the Belmont Forum* have opened the 2017-2018 international call for research proposals on “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”.  The aim of the call is to promote innovative research for more informed decision-making by developing scenarios of biodiversity change and its associated ecosystem services, resulting from the complex interaction of socio-economic and global environmental trends. It focuses on foresight views up to the next 50 years for management of biodiversity, ecosystem services and their contributions to human well-being. This call is contributing to international research programs, assessment bodies, and multi-lateral environmental agreements.

The call will address the two following major (non-exclusive) priorities:

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

Proposals will be evaluated according to criteria of scientific excellence, policy relevance and societal impact (which includes stakeholder engagement), and quality and efficiency of the project implementation.

25 Funding organisations from 23 countries are joining this call: Argentina, Austria, Belgium**, Brazil (State of Sao Paulo only), Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America.

The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA partners together with the European Commission (EC) have provisionally reserved more than 25 million Euros for this call.

Pre-registration will close on 01 December 2017, and submission of full proposals on 09 March 2018.

For more information, please consult the BiodivERsA website or the Belmont Forum website

* The Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organisations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science. Forum operations are guided by the Belmont Challenge, a vision document that encourages "International transdisciplinary research providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change."

**confirmed for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, decision for the federal level still pending


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