ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability

ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability European Commission: ICT for Sustainable Growth European Commission CORDIS Seventh Framework Programme KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Graz University of Technology, Knowledge Management Institute International Society for Environmental Protection

Sustainability Field 1.3
Nature, Biodiversity

Programmes assigned to this field

  Environmental Genomics (Environmental Genomics)
Studying genes and the environment The Environmental Genomics programme has been acquiring and exploiting sequence data for whole and partial (...)
Studying genes and the environment
The Environmental Genomics programme has been acquiring and exploiting sequence data for whole and partial genomes, helping us to understand environmental biology.
One important aim has been to demonstrate to the environmental community, in particular regulators and industry, how post-genomic technologies can be applied to tackle environmental issues.
United Kingdom Details
GBIF-D Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Weltweit wird in unzähligen Projekten und Institutionen geforscht, um die Ursachen für die Bedrohung der biologischen Vielfalt zu erkennen und (...)
Weltweit wird in unzähligen Projekten und Institutionen geforscht, um die Ursachen für die Bedrohung der biologischen Vielfalt zu erkennen und optimale Strategien für ihren Schutz zu entwickeln. Im organismischen Bereich werden bereits seit mehr als 250 Jahren biodiversitätsbezogene wissenschaftliche Daten erhoben und gespeichert; so z.B. in den weltweit auf etwa 3 Milliarden Exemplare geschätzten Beständen naturkundlicher Forschungssammlungen. Diese Sammlungen dienen für viele Forschungsbereiche der Biologie, Medizin oder Umweltwissenschaften als unverzichtbare "Datenbanken des Lebens" und stellen zugleich ein bedeutendes Reservoir genetischer Ressourcen dar. Die hier existierenden Informationen sind jedoch bisher verstreut, nur schwer zugänglich und somit nicht voll nutzbar.

Dieser schwierige Zugriff auf Informationen über Vielfalt und Verschiedenartigkeit von Genen, Arten, Tier- und Pflanzengesellschaften und Ökosystemen verursacht Kosten und beeinträchtigt Entscheidungsprozesse in vielen Bereichen: im Natur- und Artenschutz, bei politischen Entscheidungen oder bei der Suche nach möglichen Quellen für die Biotechnologie.
Die internationale Initiative zu GBIF hat die Vernetzung und freie Verfügbarmachung der weltweit vorhandenen Daten zur biologischen Vielfalt per Mausklick für jedermann über das Internet zum Ziel. Diese Aufgabe ist von einzelnen Staaten nicht zu leisten. Deshalb erarbeitete in den letzten Jahren eine Arbeitsgruppe zur Biodiversitätsinformatik aus Vertretern von 20 Staaten und der EU im Rahmen des Megascience Forums der OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) ein Verfahren für die Einrichtung von GBIF. Als Ergebnis entstand im März 2001 die Einrichtung GBIF auf der Basis einer internationalen Vereinbarung von zu diesem Zeitpunkt 11 beitragszahlenden Staaten. Mittlerweile beteiligen sich über 50 Staaten an der GBIF Initiative.
Germany Details
NRP II 2B Healthy and quality life (Zdravý a kvalitní život)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed The National research  programme II with its subprogramme  " (...)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed

The National research  programme II with its subprogramme  " Healthy and quality life" will help to achieve the tasks of agriculture and altered food industry in the early 21st century. The tasks may be specified as follows: safe food production with clear definition of origin, stabilization of the rural population and settlement and landscape protection by crops production for
non-food uses. Progress in understanding the molecular biology of the human genome has created an entirely new conditions for diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including the most serious diseases. Medical and medical research in all developed countries is oriented in this direction. Advanced physics and chemistry of materials at the nano level, opening new opportunities for their application in imaging techniques, transplantation medicine and molecular therapy.
Protecting the environment and its basic components is a complex problem, which
solution requires considerable investment, regulatory changes and compliance monitoring
changes in organization and management of a wide range of other measures. Completely irreplaceable is therefore role of research and development. Thematic program provides very specific tasks and objectives to use of research results obtained clearly contributed to improving the environment.
Czech Republic Details
RPV MŽP - SP4 Land monitoring and the assessment tools (SP4 - Pozorování Zeme a nástroje pro posuzování)
The fourth research sub programme of the  Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the following (...)
The fourth research sub programme of the  Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the following issues: 
SP4h - Optimization of information including research applications for higher efficiency and
general availability of information
SP4i - Methods and tools for predicting and assessment, including modeling of socio-economic aspects of the sustainable development.

The sub programme objectives are:
- Develop a policies effectiveness evaluation methodology based on the principle of sustainable development.
- Develop proposals for tools and methodologies for digitalization of the maps
and information on the environment and finalize the integrated database of old
damage sites (contaminated areas and others).
- Create a new information structure within the scope of the environmental sector including
integrated entrance to information.
- Develop proposals for the updated model for lifelong learning education in environmental fields.
- Identify, measure and assess effectivity of public funds to the evironment protection..
- Create a system of indicators for evaluating the links between environment,
economy and society.
- The economically recycle used and selected secondary materials.
- Effective regeneration of old industrial regions.

The sub programme wins:
- Evaluation of policies according to the principle of sustainable development.
- Local maps with data on the environment in the network.
- Completion of an integrated database of old damage sites.
- Easy access to electronic sources of information on environmental and upgrading information infrastructure, including the implementation of model management
with knowledge of the real-life environment management information processes.
- Higher transparency in public spending on environmental protection.
- Continuous monitoring of the development exact environment in CR.
- Increase efficiency use of secondary raw materials.
- New possibilities of regeneration of old industrial region.
Czech Republic Details
Mistra-SWECIA Mistra SWEdish research programme on Climate, Impacts and Adaptation
Mistra-SWECIA is a research programme on climate, impacts and adaptation. It extends and transcends state-of-the-art disciplinary research on climate (...)
Mistra-SWECIA is a research programme on climate, impacts and adaptation. It extends and transcends state-of-the-art disciplinary research on climate science, biology/ecology, economics, and social sciences.

The overarching aim is to create a capacity for advanced analysis and consistent assessment of climate, economy and impacts. Global and regional models of climate, economy and impacts are the main tool, together with data on natural and human processes and systems. The application of this capacity involves also a strong line of research on the adaptation process itself, focusing on learning from experience, putting new knowledge into use, identifying bottlenecks and opportunities.

The programme scope is global, with focus on regional and local scales in the Nordic region. Climate, impacts, economy and adaptation are considered on and across all these scales, including couplings and feed back. Indeed, Mistra-SWECIA forges a new interdisciplinary approach. This will serve as a stepping stone for improved and useful understanding and handling of the systems, processes and issues at hand.

Sweden Details
  Sustainable Marine Bioresources (Sustainable Marine Bioresources)
The Prime Minister's Strategy Report on the future for UK fishing1 called for Research Councils, universities and government agencies to pool their (...)
The Prime Minister's Strategy Report on the future for UK fishing1 called for Research Councils, universities and government agencies to pool their scientific expertise to help deliver the knowledge and understanding needed to progress the objectives and practice of ecosystem-based fisheries management.
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UKPopNet UK Population Biology Network (UK Population Biology Network)
UKPopNet is a network of institutions founded by the universities of Aberdeen, East Anglia, Leeds, Sheffield and York, together with NERC's Centre (...)
UKPopNet is a network of institutions founded by the universities of Aberdeen, East Anglia, Leeds, Sheffield and York, together with NERC's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. It encompasses scientists, policy makers and practitioners tackling major environmental problems.
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URGENT Urban Regeneration and the Environment (Urban Regeneration and the Environment)
Understanding and tackling environmental issues in urban areas. URGENT was the most ambitious programme of its kind in Europe. Britain's scientists (...)
Understanding and tackling environmental issues in urban areas.
URGENT was the most ambitious programme of its kind in Europe. Britain's scientists and engineers spearheaded 40 research projects into the environment in urban areas in four key areas - air, water, soil and ecology
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Projects assigned to this field

Es-Wamar ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT OF SWINE WASTE BASED ON INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT SET IN ARAGÓN (SPAIN) 2006. (GESTIÓN MEDIOAMBIENTALMENTE CORRECTA Y SOSTENIBLE DEL PURÍN PORCINO BASADA EN TECNOLOGÍAS INNOVADORAS: PROYECTO DE DEMOSTRACIÓN LLEVADO A CABO EN ARAGÓN (ESPAÑA) 2006.)
ES-WAMAR is a large-scale European demonstration Project on handling swine waste promoted by SODEMASA, the Society for Environmental Development (...)

ES-WAMAR is a large-scale European demonstration Project on handling swine waste promoted by SODEMASA, the Society for Environmental Development in Aragon, and approved by the European Union within the framework of the Life-Environmental Programme.

The Project will be conducted in three different areas, with the same initial problems, such is the large amount of pig waste produced, with several management systems being proposed in keeping with the specific characteristics of each area.

As alternative to the management of swine waste, the valorisation of the livestock waste is prioritized as nutrients recycling in farmlands, and later, when it does not exist enough farmland area available, swine waste is treated biologically.

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DISCO Multi-scale modeling of the coupling between biodiversity and structure in biofilms (Modélisation Multi-échelles du COuplage BioDiversité Structure dans les biofilms)
Biofilms are present in many natural ecosystems and usually include billions of microorganisms, from hundreds or even thousands of species. Under (...)

Biofilms are present in many natural ecosystems and usually include billions of microorganisms, from hundreds or even thousands of species. Under specific conditions, these bacteria produce an adhesive matrix of complex spatial structures. A biofilm is typically a complex system, in the sense that it is composed of a huge numbers of micro-organisms and the interactions between individuals are driven by both the spatial structure of the biofilm and the biodiversity of species. In modern wastewater treatment plants, biofilms facilitate the management and improve the purification efficiency of the bioreactors.

 

The objective of DISCO is to develop and study computational and mathematical models of biofilm dynamics, taking into account the biodiversity (distribution of bacteria species) and spatial structure. The project gathers specialists of IBM study and reduction techniques, mathematical analysis of ecosystems modelling, multi-scale modelling of complex structures and dynamics, wastewater engineering and biodiversity measurements through DNA fingerprints, and solid waste biodegradation and microscopic biofilm structure imaging. During the project, models will be confronted to experimental data at both micro and macroscopic scales.

France Details
Nuh'un Gemisi National Noah’s Arc Biodiversity Database (Nuh’un Gemisi Biyolojik Çeşitlilik Veritabanı)
 ‘Nuh’un Gemisi’ Biodiversity Database (www.nuhungemisi.gov.tr) is a national public internet based biodiversity database which store Turkey’s (...)
 ‘Nuh’un Gemisi’ Biodiversity Database (www.nuhungemisi.gov.tr) is a national public internet based biodiversity database which store Turkey’s biogeography species observation records. The database was put into use by 18th October 2007. National Bio-Diversity Database (Noah’s Ark) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry- Unit for Bio-Diversity Monitoring includes data on especially mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, some invertebrates, and state, availability, existence tendencies, fertility, wintering states, distributions and habitats of these species, plant species and distribution and borders, statutes and habitats of protected areas. Besides it is the database where some indicator types are represented with the purpose of monitoring bio-diversity of the country.

 

Turkey Details
Verde pubblico The web site of public gardens of Rimini (Italy) (Il sito del verde pubblico del Comune di Rimini)
This project provides to all users a Web site on the public gardens and vegetation in the Municipality of Rimini (Italy). It is uniquely based on (...)
This project provides to all users a Web site on the public gardens and vegetation in the Municipality of Rimini (Italy). It is uniquely based on open-source technologies.
It offers an interactive maps where citizens can click on a Municipality zone and look for parks and trees that populate them.
A 'tree card' provides information on the most available species and sometimes photos of single tree can be viewed.
The objective is to raise knowledge and awareness of citizens on the importance of public vegetation and its protection.
Italy Details
MODECOL Using mathematical MODeling to improve ECOLogical services of prairial ecosystems (Using mathematical MODeling to improve ECOLogical services of prairial ecosystems )
The project MODELCOL is integrated in the framework of the urgent need for solutions for compensating human deterioration of the environment. New (...)
The project MODELCOL is integrated in the framework of the urgent need for solutions for compensating human deterioration of the environment. New environmental policies point out natural ecosystems as key elements for providing ecological services such as water purification, soil detoxification, climate regulation and advocate for the creation of new ecosystems (as surrogates for the degraded natural systems) for increasing their positive effect on the environment. The design of such new ecosystems needs to be optimized for providing the best ecological services. The project MODECOL aims at developing an hybrid model, sufficiently realistic, that will simulate a prairial ecosystem (modelled through IBM) correlated through feedbacks to environmental conditions (modelled through PDEs). This approach aims to provide a virtual laboratory for testing ecological hypothesis on complex ecological systems.
France Details
ACCUA WATER USE ADAPTATIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (ADAPTACIONS AL CANVI CLIMÀTIC EN L'US DE L'AIGUA)
ACCUA project will assess the territorial vulnerability of the Mediterranean littoral in Catalonia with regard to the main effects of the global (...)

ACCUA project will assess the territorial vulnerability of the Mediterranean littoral in Catalonia with regard to the main effects of the global change related to water availability. The objective is to define possible adaptive options against this territorial and social vulnerability.

ACCUA is a three-year research project funded by Obra Social de Caixa Catalunya and coordinated by the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), which includes the participation of researchers from other institutes, such as the Hydrogeology Group in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (GHS-UPC), the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) and the European Topic Centre on Land Use and Spatial Information (ETC-LUSI).

Specific objectives:

  • To analyse the evolution of water availability along time, for different climate scenarios, according to land uses and their changes in some decades.
  • To analyse the vulnerability of the main crops and the possible alternatives.
  • To study the consequences of urban development on the water avalability and its evolution.
  • To assess the vulnerability of the territory, the population and the infrastructures to hydrological regime changes.
  • To establish the main vulnerable areas to sea level rise and to analyse the possible effects on populations, infrastructures and coastline in several scenarios.
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