Joint BiodivERsA and Water JPI COFUND Call on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems”

In the context of their joint BiodivRestoreCOFUND Action, BiodivERsA and Water JPI launched in October 2020 a joint call to support research on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems”. The call was co-funded by the European Commission and covered three non-exclusive themes:

  • Studying the biological and biophysical processes at stake for conservation/restoration, and their interactions
  • Assessing trade-offs and synergies between targets, benefits and policies for conservation and restoration
  • Knowledge for improving the effectiveness and upscaling of conservation and restoration actions

In total, 172 eligible pre-proposals and 92 full proposals were received and evaluated by an independent Evaluation Committee that ranked the projects.

Strictly following the ranking established by the Evaluation Committee, 22 research projects have been shortlisted and recommended for funding by the BiodivRestore Call Steering Committee – composed of all the funding organisations participating in the call.

Please note that the final list of funded projects will be definitely known and published upon national/regional decisions by BiodivRestore partners.


List of the 22 projects recommended for funding:

BiNatUr - Bringing nature back – biodiversity friendly nature-based solutions in cities (FI, BE, DE, PL, PT)

BIO-TRADE - Protecting Biodiversity through Regulating Trade and International Business (FI, CH, DE, SE)

BIOCONSENT - Decision-making Support for Forest Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration Policy and Management in Europe: Trade-offs and Synergies at the Forest-Biodiversity-Climate-Water Nexus (DE, AT, BG, ES, FI, SE)

BioReset - Biodiversity restoration and conservation of inland water ecosystems for environmental and human well-being (PT, ES, NO, SE)

COAST - COnservation of mArine ecosystems around Santo AnTão, Cabo Verde:  implications for policy and society (PT, DE, ES, FR, PT-Azores)

COSAR- Context-dependence of the societal and ecological outcomes from river ecosystem restoration (FR, DE, NL, CH)

DEEP REST - Conservation & restoration of deep-sea ecosystems in the context of deep-sea mining (FR, BE, DE, ES, IR, NL, NO, PT, PT-Azores)

EMYS-R - A socio-ecological evaluation of wetlands restoration and reintroduction programs in favor of the emblematic European pond turtle and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach (FR, DE, LV, PL)

FishME - Social and ecological effects of Fish removal in Mountain Ecosystems (FR, AT, CH, ES, RO)

ForestFisher - Priority areas for conservation and restoration of Amazonian forest-frugivorous fish interactions and associated fisheries (FR, BR, DE, PT, US)

FRESHH - Farmer acceptable REstoration of Semi-natural Habitat to limit Herbicides (FR, AT, CZ, NL, SE)

FreshRestore - Holistic evaluation and restoration measures of human impacts on freshwater ecosystems across biogeographical gradients (NO, DK, ES, FI, SE)

InterRest - Interactive effects of local and landscape scale restoration of semi-natural grasslands and agricultural fields on species interactions and ecosystem functions in different social-ecological systems (DE, BE, EE, ES, NL, SE)

MPA4sustainability - Enhancing the role of MPAs in restoring biodiversity while maintaining access to ecosystem services (DK, FR, PT, SE)

NARROW - NARRatives On restored Water (SE, CH, FI)

NICHES - Nature's Integration in Cities' Hydrologies, Ecologies and Societies (DE, BG, ES, NL, UK, US)

REMOVE_DISEASE - Conservation and restoration of degraded insular biodiversity: impacts of the removal of introduced mammals on the dynamics of infectious diseases in seabirds across islands of the Southern Ocean (PT, BE, FR, NO, SA, UK)

RESPOND - Restoring and Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Temporary Pond Landscapes (BE, ES, MA, PL)

RESTOLINK - Quantifying restoration success across biomes by linking biodiversity, multifunctionality and hydromorphological heterogeneity (DE, BR, ES, SE)

RESTORESEAS - Marine Forests of animals, plants and algae: nature-based tools to protect and restore biodiversity (PT, AT, BE, BR, CZ, ES, MA, NL, NO, PT-Azores, SE)

ReVersal - Restoring peatlands of the nemoral zone under conditions of varying water supply and quality (DE, AT, NL, PL)

Transloc - Translocations of flora and fauna for conservation and restoration: ecological, evolutionary, and socio-economic impacts at multiple scales (FR, ES, CG, MA, PT, SE)