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April 2022

Focus on a request –

“Impact evaluation framework for Nature-Based Solutions”

The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation published last year a handbook entitled “Evaluating the impact of nature-based solutions: a handbook for practitioners”, which was built upon Eklipse Expert Working Group Impact Evaluation Framework. It aims to serve people who work on implementing nature-based solutions, project managers, community leaders, members of city councils, and not just experts but everybody who is involved in the co-creation or the co-implementation of such projects. Read the report, the handbook or listen to our podcast on “Evaluating the impact of Nature-based Solutions.”

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March 2022

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Eklipse is taking part in the EU Science Service

We are delighted to express our involvement as one of the dedicated tools for the science-policy interfaces on biodiversity in the “Science Service” strategy, set up by the EU and dedicated to provide decision makers with timely research-based options for policy- making on biodiversity. Alongside initiatives such as BISE, oppla and BiodivERsA, Eklipse will continue bringing its expertise to the society, by collecting and brokering knowledge for EU policy-makers and maintaining its collaboration with the Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity (KCBD).

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February 2022

Focus on a request  –

Biodiversity and Pandemics

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed how fragile and vulnerable our societies are to pandemics and how challenging informed political and policy responses become when faced with such an emergency. From an Eklipse/EC- Knowledge Center for Biodiversity workshop, a main request was identified, which highlighted the need to develop a strategic research agenda on Biodiversity and pandemics, jointly with all relevant agencies, and aligned with relevant sectoral policy agendas.

As a next step, Eklipse started a scoping process to explore and gather all relevant knowledge and knowledge holders to avoid duplication of ongoing efforts and ensure the outputs are jointly and timely developed.

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September 2021

Focus on a request  –

Impacts of European energy policy on global biodiversity

The European Union (EU) is committed to tackling climate change which poses severe risks to the global environment and human well-being. Supporting renewable energy is a key policy direction for the EU to lower its contributions to climate change. However, renewable energy technologies have diverse effects on the environment and society. These effects and interacting elements are challenging to assess and need to be understood and integrated into designing future green sustainable solutions. Eklipse analysed the current evidence and provided recommendations for better insight into existing mechanisms by which energy policy interconnects with biodiversity and ecosystems services and further inform policymakers, scientists, UN state members on the above issues and provide policy-oriented solutions to anticipate and mitigate these issues. To learn more about this request put forward to Eklipse by the @Centre for Development and Environment University of Bern, consult the request´s webpage, read the outputs (report, article…) or listen to our podcast.

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Listen to our podcast about the "Impacts of European energy policy on global biodiversity"

June 2021

Welcome to the new Expert Working Group on mitigation hierarchy

The Call for Experts resulted in 32 excellent applications received. A selection committee composed of 6 members has been put in place to score all applications and proceeded to the selection. We are really pleased to announce that 11 applicants from 8 nationalities have accepted the invitation to answer together this key policy-relevant question. The Kickoff meeting took place on June 21st, and the Eklipse team is looking forward to working with the new EWG´s members.

May 2021

Biodiversity in post-covid cross-sectoral challenges ” – An Eklipse and JRC- Knowledge Center for Biodiversity co-organized event

A European Union H2020 funded project, Eklipse was granted additional funding under the H2020 Green Deal Call, as part of the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to organise a workshop and answer the need for evidence that will come out of it.

The workshop taking place today May 31st 2021 from 09:30 to 16:30, gathers policy makers from various EU Institutions, to invite them to take a reflective journey in two steps implementing an innovative process to work across silos on common knowledge and evidence needs.

Learn more about the event https://eklipse.eu/events/

April 2021

Impacts of Green & Blue spaces on Mental Health Two new reports now out

We are glad to release two reports from an Eklipse Expert Working Group on Mental Health and Urban Green & Blue spaces. Based on two systematic reviews, these reports identify and explore the beneficial effects of green and blue areas on human mental health and well-being. They highlight the importance of these spaces’ type and characteristics, and the need for more, targeted research on their effects.

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Focus on a request  – Biodiversity and the Common Agricultural Policy

The  Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) offers a crucial opportunity for the European Union to effectively intervene for biodiversity and deliver general societal benefits. An Eklipse Working Group (EWG) has developed a number of recommendations for improving the uptake of measures supporting biodiversity (and associated ecosystem services), built on all of the evidence and knowledge available. To learn more about this request put forward to Eklipse by IUCN and the Swedish Board of Agriculture, consult the request´s webpage, read the outputs (report, article…) or listen to our podcast.

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Listen to our podcast

March 2021

Focus on a request  – Impact evaluation framework for Nature Based Solutions

The report written by the Eklipse Working Group had the aim to be used as a reference document by members of European projects with interest in Nature Based Solutions (NBS) in urban areas and practitioners seeking to compare the effectiveness of NBS design, implementation and evaluation. This report intends not to define NBS, but rather provide examples of indicators and methods for assessing impacts of NBS that may be applied in a range of different ways across urban areas in Europe. Read the report, the policy brief or listen to our podcast about Nature-Based Solutions in urban areas.

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Listen to our podcast

February 2021

Focus on a request – Restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services

The report written by the Eklipse Working Group has identified key barriers and defined enabling factors to increase restoration effectiveness in Europe. If you want to learn more about this subject, consult the outcomes of the request, read the last published article or listen to our new podcast.

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Read the article
Listen to our podcast
Welcome to the new Expert Working Group on macroalgae culture

The Call for Experts resulted in 29 excellent applications received. A selection committee composed of 6 members has been put in place to score all applications and proceeded to the selection. We are really pleased to announce that 14 applicants from 10 nationalities have accepted the invitation to answer together this key policy relevant question. The Kickoff meeting will take place on February 22nd and the Eklipse team is looking forward to working with the new EWG´s members.

Discover the new EWG

January 2021

Eklipse will soon have a new Expert Working Group on Macroalgae culture

The Call for Experts resulted in 29 excellent applications received. A selection committee composed of 6 members has been put in place to score all applications and will communicate the results of the selection process this week (week starting 25th). Many thanks to all applicants for their interest in being an active member of the Expert Working Group!

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Welcome to the new Expert Working Group on macroalgae culture

The Call for Experts resulted in 29 excellent applications received. A selection committee composed of 6 members has been put in place to score all applications and proceeded to the selection. We are really pleased to announce that 14 applicants from 10 nationalities have accepted the invitation to answer together this key policy relevant question. The Kickoff meeting will take place on February 22nd and the Eklipse team is looking forward to working with the new EWG´s members.

Discover our new EWG

December 2020

Eklipse spreads its wings as the science-policy-society interface for biodiversity in Europe

Together with the whole Eklipse community, we have achieved our aim of developing a robust and trust-worthy science-policy-society process. From the 1st December we are handing this mechanism over to the broader community, with Eklipse management under the Alternet umbrella to ensure that Eklipse continues to support decision making on biodiversity in Europe in the long-term.

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Eklipse´s new report on Transformative Change

The report from the Eklipse EWG on Transformative Change (TC) identifies how TC can be made more tangible, what can be done in practice to enable action on the ground, and how transformative change can be leveraged at the level of global governance.

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