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Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies


AQUACROSS seeks to expand current knowledge and foster the practical application of the ecosystem-based management (EBM) concept for all aquatic (freshwater, coastal, and marine) ecosystems (as a continuum) by contributing to the development of robust and cost-effective responses integrated management practices, and innovative business models addressing current and future changes in major drivers and pressures, integrated management practices, and innovative business models (Fig. 1). It thereby provides an unprecedented effort for seeking synergies and overcoming barriers between policy objectives, concepts, knowledge, data streams, and management approaches for freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems to support the timely achievement of the targets set out by the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2012-2020) adopted at COP10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

AQUACROSS has four key objectives: 

i. To support the coordinated implementation of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and international biodiversity targets for an improved functioning of aquatic ecosystems as a whole;

ii. To explore, advance and support the implementation of the Ecosystem-Based Management concept across aquatic ecosystems in the EU and beyond for the purpose to enhance human wellbeing;

iii. To specifically identify and test robust, cost-effective and innovative management and business models and tools for seizing all the opportunities offered by aquatic ecosystems services that correspond to the objectives and challenges faced by stakeholders, businesses, and policy makers; and,

iv. To mobilize policy makers, businesses, and societal actors at global, EU, Member State, and case study levels in order to learn from real-world experiences with EU policy implementation and to co-build and test assessment frameworks, concepts, tools, management approaches, and business models,  to ensureing end-users' uptake of project results.

Start date: June 2015

End date: November 2018

Call: HORIZON 2020-H2020-SC5-6-2014

Partners in AQUACROSS:

Ecologic Institute - Coordinator 

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (FVB-IGB)

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO)

Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (IMARES)

Fundación IMDEA Agua (IMDEA)

University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (BOKU)

Universidade de Aveiro (UAVR)

ACTeon – Innovation, Policy, Environment (ACTeon)

University of Liverpool (ULIV)

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)

University College Cork, National University of Ireland (UCC)

Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre (SU-SRC)

Danube Delta National Institute for Research & Development (INCDDD)

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

Key people involved in BC3:

Dr. Ferdinando Villa

Dr. Javier Martinez

Dr. Stefano Balbi

Dr. Marta Pascual

 Aquacross website: http://aquacross.eu/

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This project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovations programme under grant agreement Nº 642317


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