Assessing Large Scale Risks for Biodiversity with Tested Methods
The ALARM consortium combines the expertise of over 68 partners from over 30 countries. ALARM encompasses 7 SMEs as full partners with central responsibilities. ALARM provides coherent scenarios of socio-economic, climate, land-use and other biodievrsity-relevant trends, exploring the framework conditions for biodiversity pressures. An innovative element of the ALARM prject is the combination of long term trend and short term shock scenarios, allowing a sensitivity analysis of currently predominating trend projections.
The main objectives of the ALARM project are:
- To develop an integrated large scale risk assessment to biodiversity as well as terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.
- To focus on risks consequent on climate change, environmental chemicals, rates and extent of loss of pollinators and biological invasions in the context of current and future European land use patterns.
- To develop a research network different environmental drivers and pressures and across different spatial and temporal scales of ecosystem and biodiversity changes.
- To establish socio-economic risk indicators related to the drivers of biodiversity pressures as a tool to support long-term oriented mitigating policies and to monitor their implementation.
To achieve the objectives, ALARM consists of 3 major, methodologically defined work blocks:
- Application of scientific methods for basic research (RTD activity)
- Method tests and protocol development for applications (combined RTD/innovation activity)
- Dissemination of Results and Toolkits (innovation activity)
Important outputs of ALARM:
- Establishment of a European site network for ecological research
- Atlas of climate change impacts on biodiversity
- Assessment of parallel declines in pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in North-Western Europe
- Database on pollinators of Europe
- Quantification of importance of pollinators in changing landscapes for world crops
- Review on the effects of pollution on biodiversity
- Foundation of a biodiversity risk assessment publication series
- Identification key to European bee genera (2008)
- Development of EU policy scenarios (2008)
- Risk Assessment Toolkit for biodiversity (2009)
- ALARM atlas of biodiversity risks (2009)
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