As the expiration of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy approaches, the time has arrived for researchers and stakeholders to begin looking beyond 2020. The preparation of new priorities by the CBD Global Biodiversity Framework and many other governmental and non-governmental agencies for the coming decades, adds further urgency to the critical project of envisioning and planning for what comes next. 

This conference will address the research needs for improving biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe. The 2019 ALTER-Net - EKLIPSE Conference will consider the research that is required by policy makers in order to reach their future targets. This will be based on interdisciplinary research of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including both natural and social sciences.

Why this conference now?

We are rapidly approaching the end of a period of conservation planning that aimed to halt the decline in European biodiversity. We now need to plan for the post-2020 period. With the lessons of the past decade in mind, we must assess those measures that were successful and examine areas of failure. 

This is the moment that the EU, CBD, CMS and other governmental treaties, as well as non-governmental organisations such as IUCN look ahead to the future. This is the time to define the insights and research that will be needed to reach our new targets beyond 2020.

The ALTER-Net - EKLIPSE Conference will provide a platform for these critical discussions amongst scientists and policy makers.

Outcome of the conference

  • A list of strategic targets to be reached;
  • Relevant policy briefs;
  • A number of scientific papers to be published in an A1 Journal;
  • A closer collaboration between the scientific world and the EU Commission.

Objectives of the conference

  • To provide a forum for dialogue across fields and disciplines of research and policy and to create a platform for nature-science interface.
  • To formulate the needs for synergies and research to safeguard and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services beyond 2020.
  • To build bridges between disciplines and connect science and policy with societal sustainability challenges.
  • To explore pathways to enhance collaboration between research institutes and policy makers on an international level.

To register for the conference, please fill in the form here. To learn more about the conference, click here.

17/06/2019 to 19/06/2019
Event Location: 
  • Ghent, 
  • Belgium 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions