Request > Biodiversity and pandemics

Developing a strategic research agenda on biodiversity and pandemics, aligned with relevant sectoral policy agendas.

Requester: European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG R&I)
 
Summary

 

Type of request: Knowledge Synthesis

This request was identified from a workshop co-organised by Eklipse and the EC- Knowledge Center for Biodiversity that brought together representatives from a range of European Commission services together with high-level scientists to identify challenges and evidence needs related to the links between Biodiversity and human health, including zoonotic and infectious diseases.  This request aims to support the development of a strategic research agenda on Biodiversity and pandemics, jointly with all relevant agencies, and aligned with relevant sectoral policy agendas.

The Eklipse Scoping Group team

 

Knowledge Coordination Body (KCB)

  • Serge Morand –  CNRS – CIRAD, Faculty of Veterinary Technology, Kasetsart University, Bangkok (co-chair)
  • Carla Washbourne – University College London, UK (co-chair)
  • Salla Rantala – Finish Environment Institute, Finnland
  • Ana Lillebo –  University of Aveiro (CESAM), Portugal
  • Ute Jacob – Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, University of Oldenburg (HIFMB), Germany

Methods Expert Group (MEG)

  • Nils Bunnefeld – University of Stirling, UK
  • Alister Scott – University of Northumbria, UK

and the Eklipse Management Body

Final outputs

Workshop report

The COVID crisis has revealed how fragile and vulnerable our societies are to pandemics and how hectic political and policy responses become when faced with such an emergency. The pandemic did not come as a surprise to the scientific community, who has long identified the potential risk of zoonoses linked to unprecedented land degradation, unleashed consumption of natural resources and acceleration of biodiversity loss. This pandemic revealed the science-policy challenges to address before a new crisis emerges. Scientists are pulling knowledge together, but these initiatives need to ensure policy relevance and appropriate uptake of knowledge to be effective.

To support the identification of knowledge needs related to managing the links between biodiversity and human health, including zoonotic and infectious diseases, Eklipse organised together with the EC- Knowledge Center for Biodiversity. This workshop brought together invited participants, including representatives from a range of European Commission services, together with key experts (Please consult the workshop´s report above). A main request was identified from the workshop, highlighting the need to develop a strategic research agenda on Biodiversity and pandemics, jointly with all relevant agencies, and aligned with relevant sectoral policy agendas.

To move forward with this request and 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.The final framing of the request is being developed through an interactive dialogue between Eklipse, the main requester (EU Commission – DG RTD), and will be further discussed with DGs including DG ENV, DG SANTÉ, DG TRADE, DG AGRI, DG CLIMA, DG INTPA; EFSA, the Environment and Health Observatory from the EEA and JRC.ISPRA; to ensure relevance for policy making regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Timeline

Start of the process: 02/2021

End of Call for Knowledge (CfK): 10/12/2021

Call for experts (CfE): Beginning 2022