NET-BIOME is a regional ERA-NET project presented by a consortium of 11 partners, drawing together interests in research activities in the crucial thematic field of biodiversity associated with those of global changes and sustainable development (the whole FP6 priority 6.3).
The project is coordinated by the Regional Council of La Réunion and will last 48 months, starting in March 2007.
The overall objective of NET-BIOME is to network the Regional Research Policies on sustainable management of biodiversity in the European tropical and subtropical OuterMost Regions and Territories, in order to :
Develop a durable partnership in research funding policy and practice between the partner organisations, thereby creating added value in high quality tropical and sub-tropicalresearch across the seas;
- Increase co-operation between regional programmes, developing a trans-regional research funding programme between the partner organisations;
- Build a strategic and operational platform of co-operation which can be the interface between regional, national, EU and international structures;
- Contribute to the coordination of biodiversity research funding policies of the OuterMost regions and territories in cooperation with developing countries;
- Develop a “Sustainable Management of tropical and sub-tropical Biodiversity” European Research Area component;
- Facilitate reciprocal opening of regional programmes, develop joint calls and transregional“ sustainable management of biodiversity” programmes;
- Support the outermost regions in the designing of their common research policy strategy allowing to build the beginning of an EU tropical and subtropical component of the EU Research strategy;
Finally, by substantially improving the knowledge and coherence of funding of both basic and applied research, NET-BIOME aims at making an important contribution to improve RTD efforts across European outermost regions/territories and to support long-term perspectives in European research policies to address the need to prevent, avoid and remediate the serious impacts of climate change and human pressures on tropical and subtropical biodiversity.
This will be accomplished by, in a step-by-step approach: