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Deliverable D8.7: Provision of policy briefs and factsheets about freshwater biodiversity and articles on how to use the BioFresh portal and scientific findings in policy and management

This deliverable concerned the provision of policy briefs and factsheets about freshwater biodiversity and articles on how to use the BioFresh portal and scientific findings in policy and management. Its purpose was to strengthen the interface of BioFresh science with policy both directly (e.g. in the form of policy briefs) and indirectly through building shared understanding of science-policy frameworks and issues.

This report describes a set of policy oriented outputs produced by BioFresh: (1) Policy Briefs, (2) Policy thought pieces, (3) Blog special features and (4) Maps in action series. The policy briefs give clear messages targeting specific policy and/ or stakeholder needs, while the policy-thought pieces explore new ideas, pose questions and put forward thought-provoking arguments. The blog special features offer background briefings and explanation on the purpose and use of BioFresh outputs and the broader scientific and policy contexts within which they are located. They provide a virtual space where different communities can interact and comment. The maps in action series is linked to Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas and provide case studies of how maps in the atlas may interact with policy. All the elements presented in this document are available through the BioFresh Platform and may serve as examples of good practices to improve science-policy communication to raise awareness on the importance of freshwater biodiversity conservation.

These outputs are part of a broader suite of tools used to deliver the Communication and Dissemination Strategy, and the subsequent Science-policy-interface-strategy (SPIS) and Action Plan. They are written for freshwater scientists, policy makers and stakeholders at the EU and international level. They are generally written in an engaging and straight-forward style so as to be assessable to professionals from other sectors and interested lay publics.

Deliverable_D8.7 (pdf, 800kb)

Deliverable D8.6 International BioFresh/REFRESH Science Policy Symposium convened to support BioFresh products, and to encourage stakeholders to support integration of habitat and freshwater biodiversity issues into relevant sectoral environmental policie

The EU FP7 projects BioFresh and REFRESH organised the Science Policy Symposium for Freshwater Life. This was for both projects the final symposium. The Water Lives Symposium took place from 29-30 January 2014 at the Museum of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussels, Belgium, which was an attractive venue, not only because of the facilities but also because of the atmosphere and being closed to many European institutions and policy makers.

The symposium offered the opportunity for stakeholders and scientists to discuss challenges to implementing the 2020 Bio- diversity strategy and the EU Water Framework Directive and to explore the mechanisms for better integrating freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem science into policy.

More than 120 participants (Policy makers at EU level, stakeholders (administration, business and civil society) from water management biodiversity conservation and related policy sectors (agriculture and energy) at EU and national level, scientific community (including FP7 projects) from all over Europe attended the meeting. The symposium mixed presentations from different perspectives (including contributions from the European Commission) with various interactive elements (e.g. round table dialogues, moderated discussions, panel discussion, poster presentations) to facilitate an intensive exchange between science, policy makers and stakeholders.

Deliverable_D8.6 (pdf, 9mb)

Deliverable D8.3: BioFresh science-policy dialogue strategy and detailed action plan (M49)

This BioFresh document consists of a science-policy dialogue strategy and a detailed action plan to guide BioFresh activities for a continuous science-policy dialogue and building strong links between the consortium and a number of policy makers and stakeholders. Part 1 of the strategy explains the strategic background of the science-policy-interface developed in the BioFresh project. This includes the objectives of the SPI, the stakeholders to be addressed and the activities chosen to fulfil the objectives. Part 2 presents the strategy action plan and consists of comprehensive overview of concrete actions to be undertaken in the remaining time of the project (until March 2014). The action plan includes a timeline of actions and respective responsibilities.

This strategy do not reflect on the dissemination activities that have been done so far, but highlights remaining actions until the end of the project in March 2014. They neither stress in detail the activities by UOXF, which refer to the BioFresh platform, the blog and the videos.

Deliverable D8.3 M49 (pdf, 400kb)

Deliverable D8.4: Report on face-to-face meetings and training needs on the BioFresh platform for key stakeholders and integration of a set of on-line training media into the BioFresh platform (M51)

This BioFresh document consists of a science-policy dialogue strategy and a detailed action plan to guide BioFresh activities for a continuous science-policy dialogue and building strong links between the consortium and a number of policy makers and stakeholders. Part 1 of the strategy explains the strategic background of the science-policy-interface developed in the BioFresh project. This includes the objectives of the SPI, the stakeholders to be addressed and the activities chosen to fulfil the objectives. Part 2 presents the strategy action plan and consists of comprehensive overview of concrete actions to be undertaken in the remaining time of the project (until March 2014). The action plan includes a timeline of actions and respective responsibilities.

This strategy do not reflect on the dissemination activities that have been done so far, but highlights remaining actions until the end of the project in March 2014. They neither stress in detail the activities by UOXF, which refer to the BioFresh platform, the blog and the videos.

Deliverable D8.3 (pdf, 430kb)

Deliverable D7.7: Manuscript on surrogates for mapping species diversity

To propose taxonomic surrogates for biodiversity. Levels of congruence between species distribution patterns from key taxonomic groups will be analysed to determine if one might be used as a surrogate for the other - thus greatly reducing the need for expensive field surveys. These analyses will also inform how effectively a protected area network designed for one species group protects another non-target group.

Although identification of potential surrogates for freshwater biodiversity is urgently needed, studies conducted at the global extent and at the drainage basin grain are still critically lacking. Until now, fish have commonly been used as surrogates in freshwater conservation planning, presumably because their distribution and ecological requirements are comparatively well understood relative to most other freshwater taxa. However, the extent to which fishes are effective surrogates for other aquatic taxa has not been comprehensively evaluated.

Deliverable D7.7 (pdf, 4mb)

April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.


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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/