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Work Package 5: Addressing societal challenge through action in Biodiversity contribution to Climate Change priority of the JIRI

18/07/2014

Apart from mapping relevant STI information, projects and assessment, WP5 partners pursue a set of other activities which include identifying research topics of common interest

ALCUE NET Work Package 5 mission is to support the development of bi-regional cooperation in biodiversity and climate change. The Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS) and the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) are respectively the leader and co-leader of this work package.

With the goal of documenting bi-regional research collaboration at the interface between Biodiversity and Climate Change, IRD launched in January 2014 a study on the key actors (academia, research, other initiatives and networks), bi-regional programmes and strategies on biodiversity and climate change. In the first stage of the study, IRD performed a literature survey in Web of Science, of publications involving authors from European Union (EU) and Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) between 2003 and 2013. Based on these results, the work package will continue its work with an examination of the bi-regional programmes and strategies.

Apart from mapping relevant STI information, projects and assessment, WP5 partners pursue a set of other activities which include identifying research topics of common interest. In this context, a workshop was held in Santa Marta (Colombia) on 4-6 March 2014, with over 40 experts from the biodiversity and climate change fields. Presentations and discussion among participants led to the identification of three topics: 1. Biodiversity assessment and monitoring – Improving baseline distribution data and compatibility with climate datasets 2. Observatories network – Alignment of existing infrastructures and information platforms 3. Ecosystem-based adaptation and resilience.

As the results of the identification of common topics between the two regions has been endorsed by the Senior Officials Meeting in early April 2014, therefore concrete activities will be considered for implementation, for example, through the launch of a joint call by the ERA NET LAC. That is the purpose of WP5 upcoming workshop, which will take place in late November 2014, in Marseille (France). The programne will include a round table with other key initiatives acting at the European and international level, a workshop on observatories and data processing, the visit of the Center for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB), and a specific session on twin labs and public private partnerships.

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