MarBEFES: MARine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning leading to Ecosystem Services
HuFoSS is one of the lead partners in the MarBEFES project that will be financed for the coming 4 years by the Horizon Europe Programme to reinforce the European Green Deal program. In the project 22 research institutes from 15 European countries are involved.
The main aims of MarBEFES are to evaluate and characterise links between marine biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services and the resulting societal goods and benefits in coastal communities. The results will be captured in easy-to-use tools to help practitioners and policy to maximise the ecological value and optimise a sustainable socio-economic use of the marine system for current and future generations.
The role of HuFoSS is to ensure the engagement of relevant stakeholders (i.e. practitioners, researchers, industry, policy, public at large) in order to encourage them to co-design the content and to give feedback to results of the project. Such to enhance project outcomes to be relevant and feasible both in practice and in policy and decision-making, and thereby to strengthen the uptake of MarBEFES tools and products by end-users. To this end, HuFoSS will inventory through surveys with stakeholders from all study locations what their main observations, wishes, demands, and problems are related to the variation and function of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services, and the provision of societal goods and benefits in their societal and natural environment.
The surveys will be held across all study areas in a series of Broad Belt Transects (BBTs) from the Arctic, through the brackish Baltic, the marine North Sea coasts and Atlantic, to the subtropical Mediterranean (see picture).
In the first week of October we attended the first general meeting of MarBEFES, in which HuFoSS operates as one of the leading partners. By invitation of the Polish Institute of Oceanography (IOPAN), more than sixty European fellow researchers gathered in sunny Sopot, located on the Baltic Sea.
Over the next four years, we will be working with 22 research institutes on this international and interdisciplinary project. HuFoSS forms the link between the participating researchers and local users of the sea, allowing stakeholders to come to the fore and ultimately benefit from the project results. We look back on a successful meeting with informative sessions and enjoyable discussions. Besides, we met old acquaintances and got to know new colleagues.
We are pleased to work with them in the coming period in furtherance of coastal areas and coastal communities in Europe.
For more information about the project, see the website https://marbefes.eu.