We are pleased to announce that three projects involving Polish researchers have been awarded funding in the first call of the European Biodiversity Partnership entitled BiodivProtect: Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea. The call announced in October 2021 covered the following subjects:
- Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection, and preserving genetic diversity;
- Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs;
- Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcome.
Within the call applicants have submitted 209 proposals. Over EUR 40 million have been granted to 36 research projects.
Polish projects awarded within the BiodivProtect call:
- G4B: Grasslands for biodiversity: supporting the protection of the biodiversity-rich grasslands and related management practices in the Alps and Carpathians. Polish Principal Investigator: dr Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University in Cracow. The project will involve research teams from Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.
- PrioritIce: Vanishing habitats: conservation priorities for glacier-related biodiversity threatened by climate change. Polish Principal Investigator: dr Krzysztof Piotr Zawierucha, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The project will involve research teams from France, Italy and Switzerland.
- Detect2Protect: New approaches in determining the impacts of chemical pollution to protect the biodiversity of the Baltic Sea. Polish Principal Investigator: prof. dr hab. Ksenia Eugenia Pazdro, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The project will involve research teams from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and Sweden.
The implementation of research projects funded in the BiodivProtect call will start in December 2022. More information and the full list of the projects recommended for funding are available on the Biodiversa+ web page.