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  • Countries agree to double resources for biodiversity protection by 2015 — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Souza Dias Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD said These results coming in a period of economic crisis demonstrate that the world is committed to implementing the CBD We see that governments are moving forward in implementation and seeing biodiversity as an opportunity to be realized more than a problem to be solved 1 We now need to move forward in the next two years under the able leadership of India the COP 11 president to consolidate this work and to advance further I look forward to other pledges in support of the Hyderabad call for Biodiversity Champions that will allow us to realize our goals he said 1 Reacting to the news of increased funding WWF said about 200 billion must be invested in biodiversity every year if the targets are to be met What s been agreed in Hyderabad represents less than half this number it said in a statement and called the deal disappointing Conservation International also said much more must be done 2 Some ALTER Net researchers were at the Hyderabad conference explaining their role in international efforts to protect biodiversity For example representatives of the EU funded ROBIN project co organised a side event along with Adrian Peres of the European Commission ROBIN is focussing on the role of tropical forest biodiversity in climate change mitigation schemes as funded under the UN REDD initiative One of the main questions posed at the event was how do we monitor the biodiversity and other co benefits that we want to get from the implementation of REDD for climate change mitigation A discussion on this subject was preceded by four short talks covering policy business and research perspectives 3 From a baseline of average annual aid in the period 2006 2010 Further information 1 2

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  • ALTER-Net research published in new book ◄A► — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    identifying research needs Case bioenergy biodiversity interlinkages is edited by Eeva Furman Riku Varjopuro and Taru Peltola and published by Lambert Academic Publishing Here is the summary A loss of biological diversity continues in spite of the existing and in some respects rather elaborate and heavy attempts at management and protection It has been argued that one of the reasons for the lack of success is the unmet and challenging knowledge needs Meeting the needs requires integration of various sciences and expertise since attempts to manage biodiversity gives rise also to many emerging complex and political questions Integration of the disciplines needs practices that are able to overcome practical institutional and cultural obstacles ALTER Net a European network for research on biological diversity under the 6th framework programme has aimed to undertake further interdisciplinary research that will feed into the addressing of societal needs This book presents a framework which creates possibilities for communication between research and decisionmaking By using the framework relevant topics for discussion are brought up emerging research needs are reacted to for elaboration into concrete research projects and finally research findings are conveyed to support decision making To achieve this requires organised and open collaboration between research Furman E Varjopuro R and Peltola T 2012 Interdisciplinary research framework for identifying research needs Case bioenergy biodiversity interlinkages Lambert Academic Publishing 96pp ISBN 978 3 8454 7390 1 Further details 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 Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives

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  • Scientific data: open access to research results will boost Europe's innovation capacity — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    s innovation capacity The European Commission has outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe The EC has announced measured to make it easier to obtain scientific information and data A statement on the Europa website reads Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public funded research This will boost Europe s innovation capacity and give citizens quicker access to the benefits of scientific discoveries In this way it will give Europe a better return on its 87 billion annual investment in R D The measures complement the Commission s Communication to achieve a European Research Area ERA also adopted today The full press release is available here 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

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  • Why living close to nature may be good for you ◄A► — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    a contributing factor to another global megatrend the rapidly increasing prevalence of allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases among urban populations worldwide So write the authors of a recent research paper looking at whether contact with biodiversity boosts peoples immunes systems This is the topic of the latest article on ALTER Net s News Views website is Why living close to nature may be good for you Read topic and share your views The topic is based on work led by Prof Ilkka Hanski at the University of Helsinki and was published in Hanski I von Hertzen L Fyhrquistc N et al 2012 Environmental biodiversity human microbiota and allergy are interrelated Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Doi 10 1073 pnas 1205624109 Free to download from www pnas org content early 2012 05 01 1205624109 abstract Filed under science communication 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

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  • New catalogue of Arctic research stations — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    monitoring programmes The stations are thus visited by many researchers and research groups The new INTERACT catalogue of research stations includes descriptions of the physical setting facilities and services offered at the stations The aim of the catalogue is to help researchers identify research stations that suit their specific needs The INTERACT network includes 33 Research Stations in 14 countries since the initiation of INTERACT seven additional stations have been added and INTERACT is now represented in 18 countries The stations are located in all major environmental envelopes of the Arctic providing an ideal platform for studying climate change and its impact on the environment and local communities Since alpine environments face similar changes and challenges as the Arctic the INTERACT network also includes some alpine stations located outside the Arctic The Station Catalogue was published in 2012 and can be dowloaded from the INTERACT website http www eu interact org station managers forum report deliverables station catalogue Several ALTER Net partners are involved in INTERACT 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

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  • Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues: expert input sought — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    experts and stakeholders from civil society including private sector NGOs scientific community among other major groups with a view to defining recommendations that will be taken directly to the Heads of State and Government during the High Level Segment of Rio 20 Experts are invited to submit recommendations to the online Rio 20 Sustainable Development Dialogues https www riodialogues org A range of themes are covered including water forests and oceans For example practitioners in the area of forest governance have a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the recommendations and influence the process by sharing your expertise and suggestions for the historic Rio 20 conference The Dialogues are now entering the recommendations drafting stage In relation to forests three problem focused discussions have been held on Forests and Energy Forests and Food and Forests and Climate led by expert facilitators who will consolidate the final recommendations Prof Benjamin Cashore Yale University USA Prof Edson Vidal University of Sao Paulo ESALQ Brazil and Michelle Kovacevic CIFOR Indonesia These online discussions are serving as a sounding board leading up to the sustainable development dialogue panels that will be hosted by the Brazilian Government from 16 19 June in the days leading up to the Rio 20 Conference The aim of the Dialogues is to bring together NGOs academia the public and private sectors the scientific community and young people to contribute fresh ideas on sustainable development Conclusions and recommendations drawn from the dialogues will be conveyed directly to the heads of State and Government gathering in Rio The dialogues coordinators would very much appreciate your suggested recommendations to be submitted to the Rio conference The online Dialogues are currently open and accepting inputs in French Spanish Portuguese or any other language please visit https www riodialogues org to request an invitation

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  • ILTER endorsed by the Global Land Project — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    social and natural sciences and the humanities With its extensive coverage of geographic regions and socio ecosystems places ILTER is in a unique position to contribute to addressing local national and international issues affecting the environment and related social and economic issues It is an expanding international research network based on over 600 Long Term Ecosystem Research LTER sites organized within 40 member networks ILTER members include 21 member networks in Europe who cooperate via the LTER Europe umbrella LTER Europe is supported by ALTER Net The GLP goal is part of broader efforts to understand changes in the interaction between people and their environments and the ways these have affected and may yet affect the sustainability of the Earth System Changes in coupled human environmental systems affect the cycling of energy water elements and biota at the global level and the global level changes in political economy such as international treaties and market liberalization affect decisions about resources at local and regional levels In this sense GLP pursues three objectives i To identify the agents structures and nature of change in coupled socio environmental systems on land and quantify their effects on the coupled system ii To assess how the provision of ecosystem services is affected by these changes and iii To identify the character and dynamics of vulnerable and sustainable coupled socio environmental land systems to interacting perturbations including climate change Resulting in 3 main themes for research Dynamics of land systems Consequences of land system changes and Integrating analysis and modelling for land sustainability ILTER looks forward to being able to contribute to these research areas ILTER s successful application for GLP endorsement means ILTER members including all the LTER Europe member networks gain access to the GLP network including various international and regional workshops and associated

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  • ALTER-Net partners contribute to second paper on European mountain vegetation responses to climate change — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Research Initiative in Alpine Environments GLORIA the study s lead author said Our results showing a decline at the Mediterranean sites is worrying because these are the mountains with a very unique flora and a large proportion of their species occur only there and nowhere else on Earth a decline at the Mediterranean sites is worrying because these are the mountains with a very unique flora Dr Harald Pauli Institute of Mountain Research Austrian Academy of Sciences On summits further north in Europe more plant species are prospering This could be taken to indicate that these are much safer sites for alpine flowers But Dr Michael Gottfried from GLORIA s coordination team said I m afraid that this is not necessarily the case because the newly appearing plants are predominantly more widespread species from lower elevations and will pose increasing competition pressure on the rarer cold loving alpine flowers The uppermost tips of Mediterranean mountains are rather small patches of cold habitats spread like islands over a sea of much warmer lowlands Lowland areas and the mountains are exposed to a characteristic dry season in summer In the higher altitudes precipitation mainly falls as snow during winter and spring with snowmelt crucial for water supply of mountain plants during the arid growing season Dr Pauli added The observed species losses were most pronounced on the lower summits where plants are expected to suffer earlier from water deficiency than on the snowier high peaks Climate warming and decreasing precipitation in the Mediterranean during the past decades fit well to the pattern of shrinking species occurrences Much of the Mediterranean region is projected to become even dryer during the upcoming decades Further information The paper Recent Plant Diversity Changes on Europe s Mountain Summits is published by Science doi 10 1126 science

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