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  • ◄A► "ALTER-Net ready to support the EU 2020 Biodiversity targets" — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    that the new EC Biodiversity Strategy forms a key reference for the support that the ALTER Net biodiversity research and awareness network can provide Delbaere continues The ALTER Net community possesses the necessary knowledge to help implement the six targets of the Biodiversity Strategy This point was made at the ALTER Net Management Board meeting which took place in June this year ALTER Net is currently in its second phase i e post EU funding as a Framework VI project This phase will come to an end next year when generous financial support from the Norwegian government will end As Delbaere states A number of changes will have to be made in order to ensure a smooth transition towards phase 3 Clearly the strong anchoring with key policy developments such as the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the development of the International Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is a priority ALTER Net s new chair of the Council Eeva Furman SYKE and Management Board chair Leon Braat Alterra are tasked with moving ALTER Net into Phase III Other priorities include effectively communicating the knowledge and skills that ALTER Net has to offer and crucially developing a fundraising strategy to ensure ALTER Net can continue To achieve these tasks ALTER Net has assembled a new Management Board More information The full ECNC Update article by Ben Delbaere Head of Programme Development ECNC was originally published in the ECNC Update 18 4 August 2011 Learn more about the ALTER Net activity areas EU 2020 biodiversity strategy targets Our life insurance our natural capital an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 Filed under news ALTER Net Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/alter-net-ready-to-support-the-eu-2020-biodiversity-targets (2016-02-15)
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  • New nature conservation journal launched — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    journal launched News of a new open access journal Nature Conservation A new open access journal called Nature Conservation has been launched It features a range of technological innovations to serve both authors and readers A key deliverable of the EU SCALES project Nature Conservation will cover the broad field of biodiversity science and nature conservation The journal already has a prominent list of editors and Advisory Board members It has gone live at http www pensoft net journals natureconservation and the first volume will appear later this year the first manuscript is already in review Filed under news ext Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the ocean Jul 14 2014 Nature in the news More ALTER Net is supported by its partner institutes Alterra NL BC CAS CZ CNRS FR CFS CONECOFOR IT

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/new-nature-conservation-journal-launched (2016-02-15)
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  • ◄A►ALTER-Net is a "Friend of BioVeL" — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    year ALTER Net wrote a letter of support for the Biodiversity Virtual e Laboratory BioVeL proposal which got through the evaluation process to be funded by the EC FP7 The project is now in the process of signing the EC Grant Agreement A key component of the project is outreach and dissemination with the biodiversity research and informatics communities To that end they will establish Friends of BioVeL Friends of BioVeL are projects and organizations that support the objectives of the BioVeL project to deploy robust web services for biodiversity analysis and workflow and to encourage adoption of the workflow approach towards in silico processing and analysis of biodiversity data As a Friend of BioVeL ALTER Net will be kept informed of future progresses BioVeL is due to start in September the project coordinator is Alex Hardisty Cardiff University UK Filed under news ALTER Net Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/friends-of-biovel (2016-02-15)
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  • New arctic project seeks your views! — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    and is concerned with arctic and sub arctic environments Project members aim to promote better scientific research on environmental change in the arctic They also want to improve the way in which they communicate about arctic environments As part of this INTERACT aims to develop a set of outreach web pages To help them do this they want to learn about what potential users would find valuable So what would you want on an outreach web page for the arctic and sub arctic The short survey asks about possible web based outreach components By completing the survey you will help the INTERACT team to provide what you want need from the INTERACT website Click here to access the survey from the INTERACT website It should only take about 3 minutes to complete Note several ALTER Net partners are also partners in INTERACT and the outreach website development is being led by the UK s CEH Filed under news ext Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/interact-web-survey (2016-02-15)
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  • European Commission adopts an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    loss is an enormous challenge in the EU with around one in four species currently threatened with extinction and 88 of fish stocks over exploited or significantly depleted The six targets cover Full implementation of EU nature legislation to protect biodiversity Better protection for ecosystems and more use of green infrastructure More sustainable agriculture and forestry Better management of fish stocks Tighter controls on invasive alien species A bigger EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss The strategy is in line with two commitments made by EU leaders in March 2010 The first is the 2020 headline target Halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020 and restoring them in so far as feasible while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss the second is the 2050 vision By 2050 European Union biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides its natural capital are protected valued and appropriately restored for biodiversity s intrinsic value and for their essential contribution to human wellbeing and economic prosperity and so that catastrophic changes caused by the loss of biodiversity are avoided It is also in line with global commitments made in Nagoya in October 2010 in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity where world leaders adopted of a package of measures to address global biodiversity loss over the coming decade The new Biodiversity Strategy follows on from the 2006 Biodiversity Action Plan Further information Communication from the Commission Our life insurance our natural capital an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 COM 2011 244 This news item is taken from text on the EC website from which additional accompanying documents may be obtained Filed under news ext Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/eu-bd-strategy-to-2020 (2016-02-15)
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  • Nature Index: a new way to measure the state of biodiversity — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    species A weighting system is introduced to minimize skewness in indicator sets Also keystone species and elements has been given extra weight due to their importance in the ecosystem The Nature Index includes terrestrial liminic and marine ecosystems An uncertainty level is included for each indicator and in the final index Both expert judgments and data series can be included in the same index thus the method might be used in both data rich and data poor areas Long time data series are often collected within areas at a bad state When having the opportunity to use expert judgments the experts data owners have to decide if they shall use the data directly in the index or only use them as background information for expert judgments to give area representative data The opportunity to use expert judgments also makes it possible to include information previously not used in indexes e g threatened species Results may be presented as both maps and graphs where resolution is dependent on data quality The political objectives are separated from the reference state The political objective may be set at an acceptable deviation from the reference state as is done in the Water Frame Directive see page 19 in report A short report on the results is available see below and see also the link to the paper published in PLOS http www plosone org article info doi 10 1371 journal pone 0018930 This includes a demo computer program R The demo database is in Norwegian but can be viewed at http naturindeks nina no The database is to be improved Please feel free to contact Signe Nybø at the Norwegian institute for nature research signe nybo nina no if you have any questions Related content The Norwegian Nature Index 2010 Filed under news ext

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/state-bd-norway (2016-02-15)
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  • You name it! Create a name for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    a catchy name for the next EU research and innovation programme The new programme will support researchers and innovators in Europe boost excellence and ensure that good ideas reach the market and generate real economic growth and new jobs This needs to be reflected in a name Full details are available from this EC web page Make your proposal by midnight on 10 May using the form on the EC web page It should be easily associated with research and innovation while also being original memorable either useable in a wide range of languages or easily translatable and easy to pronounce and spell You will find the main conditions on the EC web page Please consult the Official Competition Rules for the full conditions You name it Create a name for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme Filed under news ext Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/ec-name-competition (2016-02-15)
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  • NeFo lists a wide range of biodiversity/ecosystem summer schools — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    list on the NeFo website Filed under news ext Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/nefo-summer-school-list (2016-02-15)
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