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Climate Change Research Call: Emission Inventory and Projections Fellowship
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Research Programme develops and progresses climate research and coordinates research activities with other State agencies and Government departments. The aim of the programme is to support the policy response and actions through the provision of integrated scientific analysis of issues related to climate change. This research should also improve understanding of climate change issues at national, EU and international levels.
Financing natura 2000: More and better opportunities from EU funding 2014-2020?
The Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht will host a meeting on behalf of DG Environment of the EU Commission and WWF, on "Financing natura 2000: More and better opportunities from EU funding 2014-2020".
Date: December 12th 2013. Space limited contact email@example.com to book a place.
Time: 09.15 to 16.15
Venue: EU Parliament Office, Molesworth St., Dublin
Water JPI Joint Pilot Call on Emerging Water Contaminants
The Water JPI funding partner organisations has launched its first common call to enable multi-national, collaborative research, development and innovation projects addressing the topic" Emerging water contaminants - anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens. Futher information is available at: http://www.waterjpi.eu/images/WaterJPI/Pilot_Call/Call%20announcement.pdf
In a joint initiative, Birdlife, IUCN and NEOBIOTA have analysed the contents of the proposed Regulation and have issued a joint Call (attached here) for a science-based approach which summarises their views and concerns:
a) The cap on the List of species of EU concern (50 spp.), which will limit its application to a small representation of species
If you would like to support the views of this joint response please send an email to Carles.Carboneras@rspb.org.uk stating “I adhere to the Call” indicating your name and affiliation. Your name (and institution) will be listed in the Call and will not be used for any other purposes or let to a third party.
Research Recommendations of the NPBR
Five working groups of scientists and senior policy representatives drawn from the NPBR were formed to examine the Biodiversity Knowledge Programme for Ireland (EPA, 2006) with a view to revising this document, prioritising research needs to help inform policy and to further establish knowledge gaps that hinder Ireland in meeting national biodiversity objectives. These reviews identified priority areas essential to implement our legislative requirements and to meet the challenge of halting the loss of our national biodiversity. The recommendations of the working groups in relation to each thematic area examined are available to download below.
NPBR Research Recommendations
Research Recommendations: Summary documents
EPBRS meeting under the Irish Presidency of the EU 15-17th May 2013.
The EPBRS meeting under Irish presidency of the EU took place in Dublin Castle from the 15-17th May 2013. The title of the meeting was:
EPBRS meeting under the Danish Presidency of the EU 16-18th January 2012
The EPBRS meeting under Danish presidency took place in Copenhagen from the 16-18th January 2012. The results from this meeting will feed into the intersessional discussions on the proposed work programme for the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Click here to view the results of the Danish presidency EPBRS meeting.
EPBRS meeting under the Hungarian Presidency of the EU 26-30th April 2011
The EPBRS meeting, held in Budapest, titled “Research priorities to sustain ecosystem services” supported the implementation of the European Biodiversity Research Strategy 2010-2020 adopted by the EPBRS plenary in Palma de Mallorca in 2010.
The intention of the strategy is to generate and share the knowledge necessary to bring human societies into a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship with the living world. Click here for the recommendations of the Hungarian EPBRS meeting.
Comhar (SDC) Report on creating Green Infrastructure for Ireland
Comhar was first set up in 1999, as Comhar the National Sustainable Development Partnership. It is now known as Comhar. Comhar is the Irish word for partnership. Comhar SDC is the key organisation in Ireland providing for sectoral and stakeholder engagement on implementing sustainable development.
Comhar have launched a research report focusing on Green Infrastructure, entitled ‘Creating Green Infrastructure for Ireland’. The report sets out a broad definition of Green Infrastructure and explores and proposes an approach and a set of principles that should be followed in Green Infrastructure planning. Please click here to view the report.
The BioChange project
BioChange was a large scale, integrative and multi-disciplinary research framework designed to support national and local biodiversity policy in Ireland. The project was funded by the EPA from 2006 to 2010
Its main aim was to develop an integrative research activity that would, now and in the future, address important issues affecting Irish biodiversity, with outputs directly linked to policy support both regionally and nationally. BioChange would also produce high quality biological and sociological data. Four work packages addressed the main drivers of biodiversity loss – habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive non-native species, pollution and over-exploitation – in a variety of habitats and at differing spatial scales. Two crosscutting projects provided accessible information on biodiversity, and made recommendations on improved biodiversity governance.
Mulkear Life Project: Restoration of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation for Sea Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon and European Otter
This is one of the most exciting and important fish and nature conservation projects ever undertaken on a river catchment basis anywhere in Ireland and hopefully will be a conservation blueprint for future integrated catchment management. For further information on this project please go to the project website at: http://www.mulkearlife.com