Start date : November 2017
Duration: 36 months
Funding: INTERREG Atlantic Area
Financing : 2 531 201,91€
Responsible institution: Universidad de Cantabria (ES)
Partners : Consejería de Medio Rural, Pesca y Alimentación del Gobierno de Cantabria (SP) CITAB/UTAD (PT) Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (UK) ASOC. BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE – KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI (SP) Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR) GISTREE, Sistemas de Informação Geográfica, Floresta e Ambiente, Lda (PT) Quercus – Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza (PT) Université de Rennes 1 (FR) Centre national de la recherche Scientifique – Délégation Bretagne Pays de la Loire (DR17) (FR) National University of Ireland (IE) Dirección General de la Oficina Española de Cambio Climático (SP) Syndicat mixte du Schéma d’Aménagement et de Gestion des eaux (FR) Loughs Agency (IE) University of Twente- International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (NL)
ALICE is a project funded in 75% by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the umbrella of INTERREG Atlantic Area with the application code: EAPA_261/2016. The 11 partners involved in the project are from Portugal, Spain, Northern Ireland, France and the United Kingdom. The three-year project started in November 2017 will cost 3 million euros with 25% covered by the beneficiary partners.
The main goal is to promote sustainable investments in Blue-Green Infrastructure Networks (BGINs) through identification of the benefits of Ecosystem Services delivered at the terrestrial-aquatic and land-sea interface in the Atlantic Region.
The activities will be developed by:
- combining a range of satellite images, GIS data and modelling frameworks to map aquatic and terrestrial vegetation formations and ecological processes;
- enhancing the predictive capacity by using a multi-model platform;
- participatory learning approaches to engage local stakeholders.
ALICE will also identify economic and social barriers to the implementation of Blue-Green Infrastructure Networks in each of the four case studies of the project and it will provide robust scientific, socioeconomic and environmental policy support for the effective implementation of future BGINs.
The team includes scientists, universities, research institutes, local and national governments, NGOs and SMEs.