Restore4Life - Obnova mokraďových komplexov ako systémov podporujúcich život v povodí Dunaja
Restoration of wetland complexes as life supporting systems in the Danube Basin
Program: Horizon Europe
Project leader: RNDr. Halada Ľuboš, CSc.
Annotation: Restore4Life demonstrates the multiple socio-economic benefits generated by a holistic and transdisciplinary approach for the restoration of freshwater and coastal wetlands in the Danube basin that will contribute to new blue-green infrastructure supporting regional climate change resilience and mitigation. Restore4Life engages in 4 demonstration sites and 6 monitoring sites all across the Danube basin to make evident that increased delivery of key ecosystem services, as water and pollutant retention, carbon sequestration and tourism opportunities as well as improved resilience of water-dependent habitats will produce multiple socioeconomic synergies that also provide opportunities for sustainable businesses and investments.Implementation of activities basically aiming to restore lateral connectivity in riverine corridors will be supported by a Restore4Life long term wetland restoration service/ Restore4Life Wetland Reconstruction Accelerator that combines timely integrative wetland management with a novel level of societal engagement. The Accelerator will provide tested indicators, monitoring approaches and decision support to identify adapted and future-oriented restoration goals, techniques and holistic road maps. Citizens and stakeholders will be empowered to engage in the co-design of projects by establishing stakeholder communities of practice, by twinning of similar projects at different realization stage, citizen science, thematic mobile apps and the use of multiple communication channels with special focus on visual, hands-on interactive information flow that promotes emotional links to water shaped environment. The various tools generated by Restore4Life also including handbooks for business audiences and targeted restoration roadmaps will secure the efficient replication of restoration activities in associated regions. In collaboration with similar mission activities, Restore4Life thus efficiently supports integrative social and economic transitions.
Duration: 1.6.2023 - 31.5.2027
ELMEN - Multi-inštitucionálny rámcový kontrakt na poskytovanie asistencie pre technické a finančné monitorovanie bežiacich projektov spolufinancovaných z predchádzajúcich a súčasného LIFE programu a pre tematickú podporu
Inter-institutional single framework contract for the provision of assistance for the technical and financial monitoring of ongoing projects funded from previous and on-going LIFE programmes and on thematic support
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: Mgr. Bezák Peter, PhD.
Annotation: The NEEMO contract is focused mainly on monitoring of quality and professional and financial correctness of implementation of the EU co-funded projects of the LIFE programme. These projects support the enhancement of Natura 2000 network through concrete conservation actions, deal with various environmental issues, climate change adaptation and mitigation, circular economy and quality of life and clean energy. Monitoring experts regularly check the implementation of projects in the field or beneficiaries’ premises, evaluate submitted project reports and provide any other required thematic support related to the LIFE programme to the European Commission (DG Environment and CINEA).
Duration: 1.4.2023 - 31.3.2027
PAREUS - Poskytovanie adaptívnych poznatkov pre posilnenie stratégie EÚ v oblasti biodiverzity pre udržateľné krajiny a chránené oblasti
Providing Adaptive knowledge for Ratcheting up the EU Biodiversity strategy for Sustainable landscapes and protected areas
Program: Horizon Europe
Project leader: RNDr. Kanka Róbert, PhD.
Annotation: PAREUS follows the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) throughout its activities by mapping, evaluating, developing, and synthesizing landscape sustainability within selected cases with direct engagement with stakeholders to share, anticipate, reflect and respond to the overarching challenge (Fig. 1). The project will take a landscape approach23 by mapping and synthesizing documents to evaluate the spatial synergies and trade-offs between policy targets for biodiversity and possible pathways to ensure land degradation neutrality for protecting and restoring nature in National Case Studies (NCS). PAREUS consists of, besides a dedicated project coordination management work package (see section V.C for more details), of the six objective-driven work packages.
Duration: 1.1.2023 - 31.12.2025
eLTER PPP - eLTER Preparatory Phase Project
eLTER Preparatory Phase Project
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: RNDr. Halada Ľuboš, CSc.
Annotation: eLTER RI is a pan-European Research Infrastructure planned to be operational in 2027. It has been built on the basis of existing national investments over several decades in the context of dedicated networks and ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological research projects. 162 Research Performing Organisations support the eLTER RI Science Case through a signed MoU, and 19 countries (including Slovakia) have formally provided political support to establishment of eLTER RI. The eLTER RI intends to create scientifically sound information required in response to grand societal challenges, while working as a distributed RI in the most cost-efficient way. It will continuously enhance its services and in-situ facilities to meet the needs of stakeholders as to emerging research challenges. Thereby, it will bring Europe to a globally leading role in ecosystem sciences. eLTER PPP will establish the vision and mission, strategic collaboration schemes and impact analysis of the RI; plan, consolidate with shareholders and start to implement the governance structures, coordinate a smooth transition from preparation into operations by establishing a legal entity, and by clearly identifying risks and risk reduction measures; prepare the cost benefit analysis, full Cost Book of the RI, and the financial plans for the mid-term and long-term perspective, and consolidate them with the shareholders; conclude the requirements of the RI to be met by the Central Services, identify the host for the Head Office, and the scope and decision making processes for hosting other central service components; finalise the technical specifications of eLTER RI concerning National Research Infrastructure design, eLTER Standard Observations and site categories, and establish a site labelling process; and develop and set up communication, dissemination and marketing structures or seamless continuation in eLTER RI, and engaging the eLTER scientific user community and other user groups beyond the project life time.
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Duration: 1.2.2020 - 31.1.2025
eLTER PLUS - European long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems research infrastructure PLUS
European long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems research infrastructure PLUS
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: RNDr. Halada Ľuboš, CSc.
Annotation: Progress in understanding, managing and securing current and future ecosystem functions and services is challenged by fragmented and dispersed ecosystem research, operated using narrow disciplinary perspectives that prevent a holistic understanding of complex eco- and socio-ecological systems. The emerging European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI) was evaluated by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) as having high potential for closing this gap in the European RI landscape. The primary objective of eLTER PLUS is to open and expand the research capacities and impact of eLTER by engaging current and new users and developing the operations of cross- and transdisciplinary research, exemplified in eLTER Site and Platform design and the RI’s Standard Observation framework. eLTER PLUS will execute a performance test of the emerging RI and assess and strengthen its operations in real time. It will further advance community building and provisioning of services as pursued by the H2020-funded eLTER INFRAIA Starting Community project and related projects. Its focus is on making intensive use of 35 selected sites and platforms in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, combined with observational data from an additional 50 sites, for studying ecosystem and socio-ecological responses to globally-relevant environmental challenges in terms of ecosystem integrity and ecosystem services. Its Whole-Systems approach will derive meaningful scientific and policy-relevant information via co-designed, transdisciplinary research in collaboration with diverse stakeholders at local, regional and EU-scales. Concerted actions also focus on collaboration with peer RIs to maximize synergies, increase efficiencies and catalyze holistic understanding of ecosystem function, and on development of virtual laboratories where in-situ site data are linked with other data sources, e.g. Copernicus.
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Duration: 1.2.2020 - 31.1.2025
PROCLIAS - Procesné modely pre atribúciu klimatických vplyvov naprieč odvetviami
Process-based models for climate impact attribution across sectors
Program: COST
Project leader: Dr.nat.techn. Ing. Merganičová Katarína, PhD.
Annotation: Many complex process-based models are available in Europe to project future climate impacts. Yet, the current climate impact research community is fragmented, modeling mostly individual systems. The integration of climate impacts across different natural and societal sectors is only slowly emerging. Likewise, attribution of impacts to climate and other factors is still a strongly under-researched field given that climate change is already strongly manifesting itself, an increasing number of court cases dealing with climate impacts is being negotiated and policy debates on loss and damage are intensifying. This lack of coordination amongst impact modelers and insufficient awareness about impact attribution methods hampers important scientific and political progress and more coordination and networking is urgently needed. Therefore, PROCLIAS aims to develop common protocols, harmonized datasets and a joint understanding of how to conduct cross-sectoral, multi-model climate impact studies at regional and global scales allowing for attribution of impacts of recent climatic changes and robust projections of future climate impacts. The Action will do so by focusing on key interactions of climate impacts across sectors, their accumulated effect, especially of extreme events, the attribution of impacts to climate change and the quantification of uncertainties. PROCLIAS will make use of all COST networking tools to train young researchers to conduct and analyse multi-model simulations in a cross-sectoral way, to support a common platform for collecting impact model simulations and methods for analyzing them and to disseminate the data, code and results to scientists as well as, in a more synthesized form, to stakeholders.
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Duration: 27.10.2020 - 26.10.2024
CHIME_NPV - Kvantifikácia nefotosyntetickej vegetácie z budúcej misie Copernicus Hyperspectral Imaging Mission for the Environment
Towards quantification of non-photosynthetic vegetation from Copernicus Hyperspectral Imaging Mission for the Environment
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Mgr. Halabuk Andrej, PhD.
Annotation: The project activities represent a feasibility study of imaging spectroscopy\'s added value for NPV mapping in agricultural landscapes. Current state-of-the-art approaches are explored followed by set of empirical analyses and tests for effective retrieval algorithms and mapping using PRISMA and EnMAP products. In addition, NPV-relevant data are continuously collected through dedicated field campaigns of varying scales (plot to region wide).
Duration: 2.4.2022 - 1.4.2024
PEOPLE-EA - PEOPLE Ecosystem Accounting
PEOPLE Ecosystem Accounting
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Mgr. Černecký Ján, PhD.
Annotation: The main goal of the international project PEOPLE Ecosystem Accounting (PEOPLE-EA) is to study the importance of remote sensing of the Earth for the purposes of introducing ecosystem accounting and to demonstrate the current possibilities of using remote sensing for terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The PEOPLE-EA project seeks to demonstrate the increasing value of remote sensing data in order to support the implementation of ecosystem accounting at the national level of EU member states.
Duration: 1.6.2022 - 31.3.2024