Forging sustainability

AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies
Coordinator - Manuel Lago
CESAM Responsible researcher - António José Arsénia Nogueira
Programme - Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programm
Execution dates - 2015-06-01 - 2018-11-30 (42 Months)
Funding Entity - EC - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 479245 €
Total Funding - 6343613 €
Proponent Institution - Ecologic Institut gemeinnützige GmbH, Germany
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), France
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO), The Netherlands
Fundacion IMDEA AGUA (IMDEA AGUA), Spain
Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU), Wien, Austria
ACTeon SARL (ACTeon), France
The University of Liverpool (ULIV), UK
Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (RBINS), Belgique
University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholms Universitet, Sweden
Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Delta Dunarii (INCDDD), Romania
Eidgenoessische Anstalt fuer Wasserversorgung Abwasserreinigung und Gew (EAWAG), Swiss
Bureau de Representation aupres de L'Union Europeenne AISBL (UICN EURO), Belgium
BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change - Klima Aldaketa Ikergai (BC3), Spain

AQUACROSS aims to support EU efforts to enhance the resilience and stop the loss of biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems as well as to ensure the ongoing and future provision of aquatic ecosystem services. It focuses on advancing the knowledge base and application of the ecosystem-based management concept for aquatic ecosystems by developing cost effective measures and integrated management practices. AQUACROSS considers the EU policy framework (i.e. goals, concepts, time frames) for aquatic ecosystems and builds on knowledge stemming from different sources (i.e. WISE, BISE, Member State reporting, modelling) to develop innovative management tools, concepts, and business models (i.e. indicators, maps, ecosystem assessments, participatory approaches, mechanisms for promoting the delivery of ecosystem services) for aquatic ecosystems at various scales. It thereby provides an unprecedented effort to unify policy concepts, knowledge, and management concepts of freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems to support the cost-effective achievement of the targets  set out by the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.

Members on this project
Amadeu Soares
Ana Isabel Lillebø
Case Study Leader
Heliana Teixeira
Isabel M. Lopes

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