The interaction between biodiversity and climate change is strong, bi-directional and often positive (actions in favour of one are also beneficial for the other). While the main drivers of biodiversity loss are habitat degradation, the syndrome of factors directly and indirectly associated with climate change is the dominant threat to biodiversity. A sufficiently detailed and confident understanding of the interactions between biodiversity and climate change is therefore essential to be incorporated into models and decision-support tools. By networking 33 funding agencies from 22 countries in Europe and beyond, BiodivClim aims to promote coordinated international research on biodiversity and climate change in all environments, including agricultural areas. It will strengthen the coordination of research and research programmes with the ultimate goal of providing policy makers and other stakeholders with the appropriate knowledge, tools and practical solutions to improve the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems in a changing climate. The objectives of BiodivClim are:
–Coordinate the research agendas of major European and international research funders to agree on shared research priorities related to biodiversity and climate change.
–Strengthen collaboration with other relevant initiatives in the field to increase synergies and avoid fragmentation.
–Design and implement two joint calls for research proposals in this area (including one co-funded call).
–Promote research collaboration across national boundaries and disciplines in order to build capacity, exchange best practice and have a lasting impact on the international research community and landscape.
–Support dialogue and collaboration between academia and stakeholders, and stakeholder participation in research projects to increase the impact of research on policy and practice.
–Facilitate the rapid and efficient uptake of research results funded by IPBES and IPCC for their future assessments, and by other relevant initiatives.
–Strengthen open access to data.