EKLIPSE Expert Working Group
EKLIPSE is an EU funded project that will set up a sustainable and innovative way of knowing, networking and learning about biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The first four years of the development of "this support mechanism" are supported by the EKLIPSE project, funded by the European commission under the Horizon2020 funding stream, and coordinated by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology*.
EKLIPSE is an unusual project in several ways, particularly:
The project is funded for four years to develop a sustainable mechanism that will be in place for many years to come.
The development of the support mechanism through the project is facilitated by project partners.Their role is to facilitate linkages between science, policy and society, through different actions, such as knowledge synthesis, identifying research priorities, and building the Network of Networks that will support the other actions. [View the project partners]
A large part of the budget of the EKLIPSE project will be made available to the wider community through open calls.
The project, and the developing mechanism, is reactive. Most 3-5 year projects predict what will be important, or make an assumption on what policy and society actors should be interested in. We look at this from the end-users' perspective. This is why we have an open call for requests, so that policy-makers and societal actors can tell us what they need, and can discuss with us how we can best meet their needs. Our first request came from the European Commission, and was on nature-based solutions in cities. The Expert Working Group selected to work on this request released a report and peer-reviewed article in 2017. More information on this first request can be found under ongoing activities.