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ALTER-Net High Impact Actions

An initiative aimed at encouraging ALTER-Net partners to collaborate on high impact research publications


The ALTER-Net High Impact Action (AHIA) initiative was introduced to support high-impact projects that foster collaboration between ALTER-Net partner institutes on hot topics. Past AHIA projects have yielded publications in major journals, produced tangible policy and societal impact, and established long-term international research partnerships.

The 2020 AHIA proposal has been selected!

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"Demonstrating dependencies between humanity and nature towards a sustainable future: A nitrogen case-study" has been selected by the Alternet Council for funding. Congratulations to lead author Bede West of UK-CEH and the entire project team on the selection of this exciting, high-impact proposal.

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AHIA news

  • "Demonstrating dependencies between humanity and nature towards a sustainable future: A nitrogen case-study", a proposal by lead author Bede West, has been selected as the 2020-2021 AHIA project.
  • AHIA publication in Socio-Ecological Practice Research: "Integrative concepts and practices of health in transdisciplinary social ecology." Read more...
  • Entitled "Policy-driven monitoring and evaluation: Does it support adaptive management of socio-ecological systems?", the output paper of the AHIA MEEM project has been published in Science of The Total Environment. Read more...
  • AHIA research published in PLOS ONE Journal
    "Cultural Ecosystem Services: An empirical approach across European landscapes and beyond" has been officially published in the PLOS ONE journal. Read more...

 

AHIA projects

CallActivity periodProjectLead partnerStatusALTER-Net PartnersOutputs
6 2020-2021 "Demonstrating dependencies between humanity and nature towards a sustainable future: A nitrogen case-study" Bede West, UK-CEH Preparatory stage

Blog post

Project ongoing; other outputs are forthcoming

5 2019-2020 From meta-system theory to the sustainable, adaptive management of rivers in the Anthropocene Irstea Ongoing
  • Irstea
  • SYKE
  • MTA-OK
  • IGB
  • SLU

The involved researchers will prepare a video (posted on Youtube and our lab websites), a blogpost (e.g. The Freshwater Blog), present the project outcome to at least one international conference (e.g. SFS 2020, SIL2020, ESA 2020, SEFS 2021), produce an ALTER-Net pamphlet to be delivered to stakeholders, including 1) the Stakeholder Committee of SMIRES composed of 40 stakeholders from 31 countries, 2) the ECOSTAT group in which some on-going efforts to improve biomonitoring in drying rivers have started in 2019. Additionally, the pamphlet will be shared to IPCC and IPBES communities. They will also produce a summary presenting the policy implications of our results and provide recommendations to policy makers, produce at least one press release to be disseminated by each of the participating organizations. They will also prepare a one-page layman summary for a wider dissemination through our respective EU research networks. Lastly, they will publish the resultant manuscript in an Open Access journal to maximize its impact.

4 2018-19 Land-sparing vs. land-sharing for functional green infrastructure that sustains biodiversity and ecosystem services? – European landscape approach initiatives provide regionally adapted solutions. SLU Ongoing
  • SLU
  • ILE-SAS
  • SYKE

Two manuscripts for high-level peer-reviewed journals; a fact sheet; a jargon-free text for ALTER-Net and other websites; an ALTER-Net labelled webinar; a short video presentation for YouTube; and a final report.

  • “Manuscript AHIA 1” presents a suite of standardised strategic spatial analyses of green
  • “Manuscript AHIA 2” presents a horizon scanning based on the AHIA-participants’ expert
  • (AHIA 3) analyses of “novel landscape approach concepts” and their spatial distribution (e.g., Model Forest, Biosphere Reserve, World Heritage Site, Geopark etc.)
  • (AHIA 4) short paper summarizing AHIA 1, 2, 3.

 

 

 

3B 2017-18 Monitoring and Evaluation for Ecosystem Management (MEEM) JHI Complete
  • JHI
  • SYKE
  • INBO
  • IAES
  • NINA
  • ILE-SAS
  • MTA-OK
  • UNIBUC
  • CREAF
  • SLU

Journal Article

Kerry Waylen, Kirsty Blackstock, Freddy van Hulst, Carmen Damian, Ferenc Horváth, Richard Johnson, Robert Kanka, Mart Külvik, Christopher Macleod, Kristian Meissner, Mihaela Oprina-Pavelescu, Joan Pino, Eeva Primmer, Geta Rîșnoveanu, Barbora Šatalová, Jari Silander, Jana Špulerová, Monika Suškevičs, Jan Van Uytvanck, Policy-driven monitoring and evaluation: Does it support adaptive management of socio-ecological systems?. Science of The Total Environment, 2019. ISSN 0048-9697, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.462.

Project Output: Briefing

Powerpoint

Further Information

3A 2017-18 Cultural Ecosystem Services: an Empirical Approach across European Landscapes and Beyond Irstea Complete
  • Irstea
  • NINA
  • SYKE
  • ILE-SAS
  • MTA-OK
  • UNIBUC
  • WENR
  • CEH
  • JHI
  • INBO

Paper: Lenormand M, Luque S, Langemeyer J, Tenerelli P, Zulian G, Aalders I, Chivulescu S, Clemente P, Dick J, van Dijk J, van Eupen M, Giuca R, Kopperoinen L, Lellei-Kovacs E, Leone M, Lieskovsky J, Schirpke U, Smith A, Tappeiner U & Woods H (2018) Multiscale socio-ecological networks in the age of information. arXiv preprintarXiv:1805.00734.

Research Article published in PLOS ONE:
Lenorman M, Luque S, Langemeyer J, Tenerelli P, Zulian G, Aalders I, et al. (2018) Multiscale scoio-ecological networks in the age of information. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206672. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206672

Project output pre-print
Interactive web application
Data repository
Technical blog post
Flyer

2 2016-17 Marrying One Health with EcoHealth: Inclusive Nature-Based Solutions and Action Research Directions SYKE Complete
  • SYKE
  • NINA
  • JHI
  • INBO

Paper: ”Integrative Concepts and Practices of Health in Trans-disciplinary Social Ecology. Assmuth, T., Chen, X., Degeling, C. et al. Socio Ecol Pract Res (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42532-019-00038-y

Second scientific paper: Antoine-Moussiaux & al. Sust Sci. 2019; Keune & Assmuth 2019; Chen & al., Sci Total Env 2019

Report of Activities

1 2015-16 Public participation in science and policy: development of a science-society interface in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services ESSRG Complete
  • ESSRG
  • Irstea
  • SYKE
  • CEH
  • UFZ
  • INBO
  • IAES
  • ILE-SAS
  • CREAF
  • NINA

Paper: Bela, G., et al. (2016), Learning and the transformative potential of citizen science. Conservation Biology, 30: 990–999. doi:10.1111/cobi.12762

Video: The role of citizen science in biodiversity research

Calls

1: 2015-16  |  2: 2016-17  |  3A: 2017-18  |  3B: 2017-18  | 4: 2018-19  |  5: 2019-20