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Title and acronym: Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils - EcoFINDERS

Dates: from 01 Febreuary 2011 to 31 August 2014

Location: Europe

Partnership: Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands, Aarhus University, Denmark, China Agricultural University, China, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom, ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany, The Institute for Forecasting of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia, Institute of Marine Research, University of Coimbra, Portugal, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Dijon, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Nancy, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Poitou-Charentes, France, National Institute for Agricultural Research, France, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium, Lund University, Sweden, The Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands, The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, University College Dublin, Ireland, University of Cologne, Germany, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, National Research Council, Italy, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands

Source of Funding: European Commission, Framework Programme 7

Role of NRD: partner

NRD Scientific responsible: Pier Paolo Roggero

NRD members and staff involved: Giovanna Seddaiu, Luigi Ledda

Short description: the strategic goal of EcoFINDERS is to support European Union soil policy making by providing the necessary tools to design and implement strategies for sustainable use of soils, including:
- Characterisation of the biodiversity of European soils and the normal operating range (NOR) according to soil types, threats, climatic zones and land uses.
- Determination of relationships between soil biodiversity, functioning and ecosystem services.
- Quantification of the economic values of soil ecosystem services.
- Evaluation of the impacts of human activities on soil biodiversity, functioning and services.
- Design of policy-relevant and cost-effective indicators for monitoring soil biodiversity, functioning and ecosystem services.

Keywords: Soil biodiversity, soil functions, ecosystem services, bioindicators, microorganisms, fauna, environmental economy, long term observatories

Latest updates:

Project website: http://www.EcoFINDERS.eu; http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/projects/ecofinders/

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