The specific objectives within this thematic area are to a) assess the bi-regional ST&I cooperation on biodiversity and climate change b) identify conditions and opportunities for joint activities and funding instruments c) improve the conditions for bi-regional cooperation through the promotion of information, sharing experiences and good practices, and encouragement of innovation initiatives d) organize Workshops with selected experts b2b in the framework of EU-CELAC SOM Biodiversity WG meetings.

Main achievements

  • Synergies with related initiatives were established. I.e. ENSOCIO-LA (Jointly workshops were organized), BiodvERsA, the World Climate Research Programme (CLIVAR), CORDEX-LAC, ERANET LAC and JPI Climate.
  • Elaboration of a study on bi-regional bibliometric analysis.
  • Mapping and analysis of the cooperation landscape on the Biodiversity area.
  • Identification of key initiatives interested in joining bi-regional projects on biodiversity and climate change.
  • 4 Reports on the Biodiversity and Climate Change area in the bi-regional STI cooperation addressing societal challenges
    • includes the recommendations for SOM deliberations, a description of strategic approaches on Biodiversity and Climate Change for the implementation plan of activities in support of the JIRI, a description of the main activities carried out on the Biodiversity and Climate Change theme and the description of the priority research topics identified for ERANet-LAC Joint Calls implementation and H2020.
  • Priority topics for future bi-regional activities were identified:
    • Biodiversity assessment and monitoring – Improving baseline distribution data and compatibility with climate datasets.
    • Observatories network platform on biodiversity and climate change - Coordinating data acquisition and fostering data access and transfer, as well as exchange successful experiences between EU and LAC researchers in the evaluation of climate change in the biodiversity of both regions.
    • Ecosystem-based adaptation and resilience.
  • Organization of Bi regional workshops focused among other on the identification of common priority topics, improvement of interactions and share of knowledge between Biodiversity and Climate Change (B&CC) communities and networking and training activities.
  • 6 bi regional Workshops focused on Biodiversity and Climate Change were organized in Santa Marta, Montevideo, Lisbon, Bogotá, Brussels, Marseille.

ALCUE NET – Thematic Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change

ALCUE NET meeting on Biodiversity and Climate Change in Marseille

COP20 (Conference of the Parties) & 5th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2014 + ALCUE NET side event: Biodiversity and Climate Change working group

Environment Seminar: Exchanging Bi-regional Experiences on Climate Services to Identify Joint Activities in Buenos Aires

BIODIVERSITY- ALCUE NET LAC Biodiversity and Climate Change workshop/CORDEX LAC III workshop

Thematic projects

ENSOCIO-LAC projectStrategic, Sustainable R&I Cooperation with Latin America (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)

The ENSOCIO-LA project is a Coordination & Support Action funded under ENV.2013.6.5-4 Knowledge platforms, networking and uptake of research results for more strategic international R&I cooperation.

As a Coordination Action, the ENSOCIO-LA project aims at establishing sustainable and integrated research and innovation cooperation between the EU and Latin American Countries in the environmental field, namely in climate change, resource efficiency and raw materials; ENSOCIO-LA will also help improve dissemination and the exploitation of research results in this area by different user groups. This will be achieved through networking and twinning of existing multilateral and bilateral projects funded by different sources, through the development of efficient interaction schemes between science, industry and users and the joint elaboration of future research priorities and joint activities. ENSOCIO-LA will provide a network of networks.

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