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)TopicSpeakers/Presenters/Panelists
Session 1 – Presentation of portfolio’s conclusions and panel discussion
10:00-10:05Welcome and brief presentation of IMPACT-SC5Mr. Xabier Uribe (Tecnalia)
10:05-10:15The ECOPOTENTIAL project and its resultsDr. Antonello Provenzale (Coordinator of the ECOPOTENTIAL project – National Research Council of Italy)
10:15-10:30Presentation of the portfolio results & conclusionsMr Kevin Trendafili (Q-PLAN)
10:30-11:15Panel 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
11:15-11:20Approach & methodology utilised during the co-creationMr. Xabier Uribe (Tecnalia)
11:20-12:05Co-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 remarksMr Kevin Trendafili (Q-PLAN)

 SC5 Environment, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Projects

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

Project clustersProject AcronymProject nameProject URL
Project cluster 2.1: PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLY MANAGING NATURAL RESOURCES, WATER, BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMSATLASA Trans-AtLantic Assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based Spatial management plan for Europehttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/678760
SponGESDeep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitationhttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/679849
AtlantOSOptimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systemhttps://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 strategieshttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/641918
AQUACROSSKnowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policieshttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/642317
MERCESMarine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seashttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689518
AMBERAdaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivershttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689682
Project cluster 2.2:


ECOPOTENTIALImproving Future Ecosystem Benefits Through Earth Observationshttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/641762
SWOSSatellite-based Wetland Observation Servicehttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/642088
SCENTSmart Toolbox for Engaging Citizens into a People-Centric Observation Webhttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/688930
Ground Truth 2.0Environmental knowledge discovery of human sensed datahttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689744
LANDSENSEA Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoringhttp://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689812
GROWGROW Observatoryhttps://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/690199
CLAiR-CITYCitizen Led Air Pollution Reduction in Citieshttp://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689289
iSCAPEImproving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europehttp://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689954
ICARUSIntegrated Climate forcing and Air pollution Reduction in Urban Systemshttp://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/690105

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