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Summary

The overall objective of the proposal is the creation of the national science and technology Network on Biodiversity, the HELBIONET, in order to design the construction and implementation of the national node as the Greek contribution to the European Infrastructure of LIFEWATCH. This design must come from the activities of the Network and has to be fully analysed through the elaboration of a Feasibility Study (FS) which is the main deliverable of the project.

 

The specific objectives of the Network are:

  • To ally all the Greek scientific human potential (defragmentation) working on Biodiversity data and data observatories, in the state and abroad, in order to achieve a world-class excellence status in Biodiversity research. Τhe collection and analysis of the information on the current Greek biodiversity research area is important in order to demonstrate the necessity of the use and exploitation of the LIFEWATCH Infrastructure. the end users, and by developing new strategic partnerships towards sustainable management of use of the national Biodiversity wealth. The development of Biodiversity-related tools and services in order to strengthen economic development, especially in the peripheral regions of the state, is on of the main purposes of the Network.
     
  • To release all productive Biodiversity-relevant powers of the state which are now either hidden or fragmented. Τhis will be achieved by engaging all the interested parties, including stakeholders, the end users, and by developing new strategic partnerships towards sustainable management of use of the national Biodiversity wealth. The development of Biodiversity-related tools and services in order to strengthen economic development, especially in the peripheral regions of the state, is on of the main purposes of the Network.
     
  • The dissemination of the scientific and technological knowledge and experience on Biodiversity research to targeted and broad audiences through a variety of means such as workshops and e-conferences as well as electronic media (e.g. web site, mailing list). The Consortium encourages the multi-disciplinary approach in the design and construction of the national node of the Infrastructure and the networking of its members with organizations alike, fora, projects and initiatives carried out in other parts of the world.

 

The HELBIONET develops the exploitation strategy of the European Infrastructure. The Network, through a set of 5 interconnected Activities, mobilizes over 200 scientists and involves 49 legal entities, groups in 23 partner research institutes, academia and technological education institutes spread all over the state.