The Academy of Finland joined the BiodivERsA network in June 2016. BiodivERsA is funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund scheme. 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 the research.

As a network member, the Academy of Finland is well poised to provide more opportunities for Finnish researchers to engage in international networking and to support national forums on biodiversity, such as the Nature Panel (the Finnish national IPBES panel), the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). BiodivERsA includes 39 organisations from 25 European countries.

So far, the network has co-funded seven joint calls with its partners (e.g. a call with FACCE JPI and two Cofund calls with the EU). These calls have provided some EUR 180 million in funding to more than 70 international projects.

The Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment of the Academy of Finland co-funds the BiodivERsA call “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” 2017–2018. It is a joint call by the BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum networks. The main objective of the call is 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-funds the BiodivERsA call “Biodiversity and Climate Change” 2019–2020. The main objective of the call is to promote research into the impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in all habitats.

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