To foster a coherent vision for the setting of priorities in biodiversity research, and to avoid wasteful duplication in research projects, BiodivERsA has established a common strategic agenda.
BiodivERsA's common agenda is built upon existing research, strategies, and priorities set by the partner agencies at national and international levels. It identifies common thematic priorities among BiodivERsA partners, and is carefully updated every year. This process ensures that BiodivERsA's priorities are current and accurate in identifying the most pressing issues concerning the fast-evolving European biodiversity research landscape.
The thematic priorities identified in 2012 by BiodivERsA partners are described below. These topics are divided into two groups of priority, but topics within the same group are considered of equal priority.
> Biodiversity and ecosystem services, and their valuation (addressed in the 2010-2011 call)
> Biodiversity and policy: how to improve development and implementation of European biodiversity protection
> Biodiversity dynamics: developing scenarios, identifying tipping points, and improving resilience (addressed in the 2011-2012 call)
> Invasive species and biological invasions, with a particular focus on alien invasive species (forthcoming 2012-2013 call)
> Novel approaches to better understand the role of biodiversity in ecosystem functioning
- High interest:
> Biodiversity and climate change
> Conserving traditionally managed European habitats and landscapes
> From soil biodiversity to soil functioning and services in a global change context
> Improvement of habitats connectivity, functioning green infrastructure, diversifying landscapes