EKLIPSE is a EU funded project that will set up a sustainable and innovative way of knowing, networking and learning about biodiversity and ecosystem services
EKLIPSE goal is to bring scientists, policy-makers and others together to ensure that decisions that affect the environment are made with the best available knowledge. This is a long-term goal, not one limited to the life of the four year EKLIPSE project.
EKLIPSE therefore aims to create a mechanism that will be sustained after the project is finished. This self-sustaining mechanism will be created and developed during the project. To ensure the mechanism's sustainability we will work with the wider community in developing a business plan. Our vision is to create and flexible, durable but innovative, challenging but ethical mechanism for evidence-informed decision-making affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Once established, the self-sustaining mechanism will be handed over to the wider community of institutions, knowledge holders and stakeholders.
The project is funded for four years to develop a sustainable mechanism that will be in place for many years to come.
EKLIPSE Project partners are facilitating linkages between science, policy and society, through different actions, such as knowledge synthesis, identifying research priorities, and building the Network of Networks that will support the other actions.
A large part of the budget of the EKLIPSE project will be made available to the wider community through open calls .
The project, and the developing mechanism, is reactive. Most 3-5 year projects predict what will be important, or make an assumption on what policy and society actors should be interested in. We look at this from the end-users' perspective. This is why we have an open call for requests, so that policy-makers and societal actors can tell us what they need, and can discuss with us how we can best meet their needs. Our first request came from the European Commission, and is on nature-based solutions in cities. The Expert Working Group selected to work on this request is now finalising their report, which should be made public in February 2017. More information on this first request can be found under ongoing activities.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is a partner in this European project. As such, it plays a key role in the identification of biodiversity knowledge holders.
For more information on the Belgian Biodiversity Platform involvement in Biodiversity Knowledge, please contact Estelle Balian.