ALTER-Net's main objective is to achieve lasting integration amongst its 24 partner institutes, and others, all of whom are involved in biodiversity research, monitoring and/or communication. By the end of the project, ALTER-Net should have brought about sufficient change to the way these organisations work, so that they operate in a far more integrated fashion than before the start of the project. It will do this by addressing integration at the top-level (e.g. setting common research agendas) and also by developing commons tools and methodologies that enable a more integrated approach. ALTER-Net will, in collaboration with a range of national and international organisations, develop integrated research agendas focussing on priority policy issues.
- Integration of national centres of excellence in biodiversity research and social science;
- Integration of environmental and socio-economic approaches;
- Development of a network of multi-functional long-term ecosystem research platforms (LTER);
- Development of a partnership between research scientists, science communicators and science-based visitor centres;
- Development of a science-policy link to improve information exchange related to biodiversity assessment;
- Development of a framework for a distributed data, information and knowledge management system.
ALTER-Net will also encourage research, management and cultural changes within and between its component organisations through support for training and communication activities to promote the spread of excellence.
For more information visit the website http://www.alter-net.info.