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The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) is a forum at which natural and social scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders identify, structure, and focus the strategically important research that is essential to:

  • Use the components of biodiversity in a sustainable way,
  • Maintain ecosystem functions that provide goods and services,
  • Conserve, protect and restore the natural world, and
  • Halt biodiversity loss.

As DIVERSITAS and EPBRS have overlapping objectives (e.g. improving the science-policy dialog on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity; identifying and promoting important research on biodiversity; networking the science community and promote interdisciplinary approaches) and involve in some of their activities the same scientists and policymakers, there was a common interest in developing closer links and building on the complementarity between DIVERSITAS and EPBRS activities at different scales. This is the rationale for the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by the two initiatives in 2008.

In addition to being an Ex-officio Member of the EPBRS Steering Committee, DIVERSITAS actively participates in the organisation and/or the discussions during the EPBRS meetings held, by the countries holding the European Union Presidency, on topics related to the DIVERSITAS' projects such as Water for Life: Research priorities for sustaining freshwater biodiversity (Brdo, Slovenia, 15-18 January 2008); Strategies in taxonomy: research in a changing world (Pruhonice, Czech Republic, 19-22 May 2009); Evolution and biodiversity: the evolutionary basis of biodiversity and its potential for adaptation to global change (Palma de Majorca, Spain, 13-15 April 2010); Research priorities to sustain ecosystem services (Budapest, Hungary, 26-30 April 2011).

For more information on EPBRS or the meeting outputs, please visit the EPBRS website.

Contact: Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, DIVERSITAS

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