On December 13-15, 2023 CGE team took part in the first consortium meeting of the EU-funded PLANET4B project at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, which aims to analyze theories, methods, and good practices in regard to biodiversity and its effects to bridge the gaps in knowledge and effective decision-making on EU and global level.
Why? We rely on biodiversity for our very existence – it provides us with the basic ecosystem services that allow us to survive and thrive. Yet human lives and the biosphere itself are under threat due to the loss of biodiversity occurring at a global scale, and at an accelerating pace. Despite the mounting scientific evidence on the importance of biodiversity, it still takes a back seat to political and other agendas. How can we change this alarming situation?
By exploring these crucial questions, the PLANET4B research project aims to understand and influence decision-making affecting biodiversity. Through transdisciplinary, creative, action-orientated and participatory research the project will collect and analyze theories, methods and good practices to bridge the gaps in knowledge and effective decision-making. The findings will be synthesized and scaled up to EU and global levels to serve as inputs for policies and for businesses and civil society about how transformative change can be triggered.
The PLANET4B project is a cooperation between 16 partners, universities, NGOs and other organizations, from all around Europe. The EU-funded PLANET4B project started in November 2022 and will end in 2025.
PLANET4B receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101082212.
Photos: Marina Bykova