BiodivERsA

The Academy of Finland joined the BiodivERsA network in June 2016. The network develops programming and funding cooperation on biodiversity and ecosystem services across Europe. A particular objective of the network is to reach out to and engage policymakers and to increase the societal relevance and impact of research. As a network member, the Academy of Finland can provide more opportunities for Finnish researchers in terms of international funding and networking and support national and international biodiversity forums of importance to Finland. BiodivERsA includes 39 organisations from 25 countries.

Research funding

So far, the partners of the network have co-funded ten joint calls. These calls have provided some 150 million euros in funding to more than 125 international projects.

The Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment of the Academy of Finland co-funded the BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum call “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” in 2017–2018. The main objective of the call was to promote scenario-based research on biodiversity, changes within biodiversity and associated ecosystem services.

At the turn of the year 2018–2019, a total of 21 international consortia with ten Finnish consortium parties were funded. More information about the funded projects can be found on the BiodivERsA website.

The Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment also co-funded the BiodivERsA call “Biodiversity and Climate Change” in 2019–2020. The main objective of the call was to promote research into the impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in all habitats.

At the turn of the year 2020–2021, a total of 21 international consortia with six Finnish parties were funded. More information about the funded projects can be found on the BiodivERsA website.

What’s on

The Research Council also co-funds the BiodivERsA and Water JPI call “Promoting & implementing joint programming to reinforce transnational research for the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems” in 2020–2021. A particular aim of the joint call is to increase awareness of complex processes related to the protection of healthy ecosystems and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. See the call details here.

The Academy of Finland is also participating in a European co-funded partnership prepared by the BiodivERsA network on the topic ‘Rescuing Biodiversity to Safeguard Life on Earth’ (2021–2028). The first call within the partnership is expected to be launched in autumn 2021.

More information

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