NetBiome-CSA will expand and strengthen research partnerships and cooperation for smart and sustainable management of tropical and subtropical biodiversity in the Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). This will be achieved through a participatory process mobilising stakeholders, their knowledge and resources for initiatives such as policy and priority analysis, multi-stakeholder dialogues, exchange of good practices, training and issuing recommendations.
The project builds on the existing partnership of biodiversity researchers created through the ERA-Net NetBiome project and takes up the challenge of mobilising more stakeholders at all levels of the quadruple helix (knowledge institutions, business, government and civil society) to address those priority challenges identified to reconcile the conservation and sustainable management of tropical biodiversity with the sustainable development of Europe’s regions and territories, based on the benefits arising from high biodiversity. The project activities, specifically tailored to the needs and priorities identified by the ORs and OCTs, will contribute to:
- Improving the governance of research and innovation
- An alignment of research efforts with policy needs by strengthening evidence-based policies
- Improved implementation and impact of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the CBD Strategic Plan.
- Innovative biodiversity management tools (Biodiversity Management Toolbox).
- An increase in regional socio-economic and cultural development.
- Increasing the international visibility of ORs and OCTs and attracting their good practices, experience and knowledge.
- Effective international and trans-regional cooperation between European ORs and OCTs and with third countries.
NetBiome-CSA fully addresses the theme (ENV.2013.6.5-2) and sub-theme (g) of the work programme as its activities will promote research partnerships for sustainable biodiversity management in European Outermost Regions and OCTs, leading to a continuation and extension of the NetBiome partnership.