Environment, ecosystem and biodiversity

Environment, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Related Projects of Societal Challenge 5

Policy Co-Creation Workshop

Date: 6 May 2021

Time: 10:00-12:15 CEST

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What has been the impact of Horizon 2020 projects in helping us to protect the environment and sustainably manage natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems? And how can policy actions create and stimulate the desired impacts in the fields of science, society and the economy? These were questions the IMPACT-SC5 project addressed, during a series of thematic Policy Co-Creation Workshops. Third in the series was this workshop on Environment, Ecosystems and Biodiversity projects in SC5. This workshop was held online on 6 May 2021, 10:00-12:15 CEST.

This was a policy co-creation workshop, aimed at discussing the results of our analysis regarding the Environment, Ecosystems and Biodiversity related projects of Societal Challenge 5. In addition, during the workshop we collectively identified how policy on national and European level can facilitate the enhancement of SC5 impacts’ diffusion and uptake across the EU.

The workshop was organised digitally in the context of IMPACT-SC5 (https://impact-sc5.eu/), a Horizon 2020 project that reviews the 87 RIAs ans IAs funded under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Work Programme 2014-2015 in terms of their scientific, economic, societal and environmental performance and impacts, both individually and across portfolios of projects. We provided this briefing document in advance of the workshop and the recording is available to watch here.

Workshop Agenda

Time (CET) Topic Speakers/Presenters/Panelists
Session 1 – Presentation of portfolio’s conclusions and panel discussion
10:00-10:05 Welcome and brief presentation of IMPACT-SC5 Mr. Xabier Uribe (Tecnalia)
10:05-10:15 The ECOPOTENTIAL project and its results Dr. Antonello Provenzale (Coordinator of the ECOPOTENTIAL project – National Research Council of Italy)
10:15-10:30 Presentation of the portfolio results & conclusions Mr Kevin Trendafili (Q-PLAN)
10:30-11:15 Panel discussion on the portfolio results and conclusions

Comments of each panellist on our findings on:

  • Scientific Impacts
  • Societal/Environmental Impacts
  • Economic Impacts

Q&A session from participants

  1. Ms Chiara Pocaterra (Italian NCP – APRE)
  2. Ms Vaya Piteli (Greek NCP – PRAXI Network/FORTH)
  3. Prof. Nicolaos Theodossiou (AUTH and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network)
  4. Dr. Antonello Provenzale (Coordinator of the ECOPOTENTIAL project – National Research Council of Italy)
Session 2 – Co-Creation on Policy Recommendations
11:15-11:20 Approach & methodology utilised during the co-creation Mr. Xabier Uribe (Tecnalia)
11:20-12:05 Co-Creation: How policy on national and European level can facilitate the enhancement of SC5 impacts’ diffusion and uptake across the EU.

  • How can impact pathways be integrated into the policy-programme cycle so that scientific, societal, environmental and economic impacts from projects are enhanced?
    • Programmes, calls for proposals, projects need to be designed in view of impact pathways. How can this be achieved?
  • How can projects be monitored such that it allows measuring short, mid and longer-term impacts?
    • A number of information and data are reported about projects elaborated on regional, national and European level during their inception and implementation. But hardly any information is recorded with respect to the impacts after projects completion. How can this be improved? 15 minutes (5 minutes per team) will be allocated to rapporteurs to present each table’s key findings
All participants
12:05-12:10 Closing remarks Mr Kevin Trendafili (Q-PLAN)

 SC5 Environment, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Projects

The Environment, Ecosystems and Biodiversity project portfolio comprises the following projects:

Project clusters Project Acronym Project name Project URL
Project cluster 2.1: PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLY MANAGING NATURAL RESOURCES, WATER, BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS ATLAS A Trans-AtLantic Assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based Spatial management plan for Europe https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/678760
SponGES Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/679849
AtlantOS Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/633211


Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Great Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem (GSME) – drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/641918
AQUACROSS Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/642317
MERCES Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689518
AMBER Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689682
Project cluster 2.2:


ECOPOTENTIAL Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits Through Earth Observations https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/641762
SWOS Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/642088
SCENT Smart Toolbox for Engaging Citizens into a People-Centric Observation Web https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/688930
Ground Truth 2.0 Environmental knowledge discovery of human sensed data https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689744
LANDSENSE A Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoring http://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689812
GROW GROW Observatory https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/690199
CLAiR-CITY Citizen Led Air Pollution Reduction in Cities http://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689289
iSCAPE Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe http://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689954
ICARUS Integrated Climate forcing and Air pollution Reduction in Urban Systems http://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/690105

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