Research carried out within the BIOTA cluster is the European scientific response to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, and aims to determine and promote strategic approaches to the conservation of biodiversity and the management of ecosystem services in Europe. Projects in the BIOTA cluster:
- Assess and predict the impact of major drivers of biodiversity
- Are developing tools, such as biodiversity indicators, to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
- Seek to identify and resolve conflicts between society, economy and biodiversity
- Support the conservation of biodiversity by creating databases on the taxonomy, biology and ecology of Europe's plants and animals.
- Strengthen scientific and technological excellence on biodiversity research through the durable integration of research capacities across Europe
All projects are co-funded by the European Community, most of them under the FP7 Biodiversity values, sustainable use and livelihoods, FP6 Global Change and Ecosystems and under the FP5 Global Change, Climate and Biodiversity Key Action of the Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Programme. For more information on the projects, including direct links to project websites, click on the individual BIOTA project links below. Recently added projects include BiodivERsA2, BioFresh, CoralFISH, HERMIONE, KNEU, REFRESH, SPIRAL, BESAFE, BIOMOT, CASCADE and ROBIN.