AHIA

Alternet High Impact Actions

AHIA (Alternet High Impact Actions) is a research-funding initiative aimed at encouraging Alternet partners to collaborate on high impact research publications

The AHIA initiative was introduced to support high impact projects that foster collaboration between Alternet partner institutes on key biodiversity and ecosystem issues facing society. Past AHIA projects have yielded publications in major journals, produced tangible policy and societal impact, and established long-term international research partnerships.

2020-2021 AHIA project

“Demonstrating dependencies between humanity and nature towards a sustainable future: A nitrogen case-study”
Lead Partner
  • Bede West, CEH-UK
Participating Alternet Partners
  • UK-CEH, SLU, INBO, ILEE, UFZ
Outputs

Past AHIA projects

2019-2020

From meta-system theory to the sustainable, adaptive management of rivers in the Anthropocene
Lead partner
  • INRAE – Thibault Datry
Participating Alternet partners
  • Irstea, SYKE, MTA-OK, and IGB
Status: Complete

 

Outputs

2018-2019

Land-sparing vs. land-sharing for functional green infrastructure that sustains biodiversity and ecosystem services? – European landscape approach initiatives provide regionally adapted solutions
Lead partner
  • Per Angelstam, SLU
Participating Alternet partners
  • SLU, ILE-SAS, SYKE
Status: complete

 

Outputs

Author’s Statement: “In spite of a wide range of policy commitments to sustain biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services, successive assessments demonstrate widespread failures. With its severe anthropogenic transformation, Europe is a prime example. As a cure, research and policy advocate designing ecological networks of green (land) and blue (water) spaces. Maintenance of such “green infrastructures” requires strategic spatial planning of natural and semi-natural areas that maintain sustainable landscape patterns and processes, and regionally adapted landscape stewardship approaches. We review innovative studies using the wide Pan-European variation in environmental histories in the research design. We illustrate pattern by different kinds of “forest loss” and dead wood as biodiversity state indicators; process by predator-prey interactions affecting forest and wetland biodiversity; and landscape stewardship by fora strengthening social capital, and land ownership cultures. We conclude that research design can affect conclusions, and that integrative place-based research providing socially robust knowledge should complement widespread disciplinary research.”

2017-2018 (a)

Cultural Ecosystem Services: an Empirical Approach across European Landscapes and Beyond
Lead partner
  • Irstea
Participating Alternet partners
  • Irstea, NINA, SYKE, ILE-SAS, MTA-OK, UNIBUC, WENR, CEH, JHI, INBO
Status: complete

 

Outputs

2017-2018 (b)

Monitoring and Evaluation for Ecosystem Management (MEEM)
Lead partner
  • Hutton
Participating Alternet partners
  • Hutton, SYKE, INBO, IAES, NINA, ILE-SAS, MTA-OK, UNIBUC, CREAF, SLU
Status: complete

 

Outputs
  • 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

2016-2017

Marrying One Health with EcoHealth: Inclusive Nature-Based Solutions and Action Research Directions
Lead partner
  • SYKE
Participating Alternet partners
  • SYKE, NINA, Hutton, INBO
Status: complete

 

Outputs

2015-2016

Public participation in science and policy: development of a science-society interface in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services
Lead partner
  • ESSRG
Participating Alternet partners
  • ESSRG, Irstea, SYKE, CEH, UFZ, INBO, IAES, ILE-SAS, CREAF, NINA
Status: complete

 

Outputs