A fuller description of AnaEE from a stakeholder perspective can be found in our stakeholder handbook.
How can AnaEE benefit national governments and funding bodies?
AnaEE will provide higher international visibility for national infrastructures, expertise, research programs, and data. Through technical and organisational support, it will help maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of data, models and scientifically solid syntheses of experimental ecosystem research for academic, education and commercial users.
By defining and standardising criteria for cost effective procurement of the advanced equipment needed for AnaEE platforms, and pooling resources on a European level, it can ensure cost-effectiveness, while also building capacity for assessing potential adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change and loss of biodiversity in agro-ecosystems, forestry and freshwater ecosystems.
What is the added value of AnaEE in terms of strengthening the European Research Area?
AnaEE will provide efficient, organised access to complementary competencies within the scientific community analysing the impact of global changes on ecosystems and assessing mitigation and adaptation responses. Through harmonised, accepted standards and comparable formats, it will help to build bridges between scientists across Europe.
Additionally, through training of highly qualified personnel at the regional experimental platforms, it will help grow capacity in the scientific community, helping ensure Europe’s scientists remain competitive on a global level.
At the same time, there are clear benefits for policy-makers in particular, not least through the coherent guidelines and specific indicators that AnaEE will provide to track, measure, and assess ecosystem services impacts and dependencies. This will support decision processes in policy and business.
Finally, the links that AnaEE aims to build between science, policy makers and industries are invaluable in terms of sharing knowledge of impacts and dependencies of economic activities on ecosystem services.
How does AnaEE fit into the existing research “ecosystem”?
AnaEE fills an important gap between the environmentally-oriented European research infrastructures in ecosystem sciences. In particular, AnaEE will work alongside, and provide synergies with, ICOS (involved in long-term observations of the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions) and LifeWatch (providing access to biodiversity and ecosystem science data and data processing tools).AnaEE will uniquely provide:
- Experimental manipulations of natural and managed ecosystems which will improve understanding of ecosystem functioning and dynamics and make model predictions more reliable;
- Insight into the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem vulnerability and services;
- Specific analysis of threats and opportunities for agricultural, forest and freshwater production.
Linking AnaEE results with data from observational sites across Europe will allow models to be scaled-up to larger geographical areas. AnaEE will also complement and add value to emerging research infrastructures in the agri-food, forestry, bioenergy, and aquaculture sectors, as well as other infrastructures that already exist or are being developed, particularly in the areas of technological development, data exchange (e.g. ELIXIR), interoperability of models, and the synthesis of summary results at a range of spatial and temporal scales.
Links with international counterparts of AnaEE such as NEON and AgMIP in the United States and TERN in Australia have already been established and participation to COOPEUS will be pursued. In addition to these collaborations, AnaEE will work hand in hand with FACCE Joint Programming Initiative and the Group on Earth Observation (GOE).
LEGAL, GOVERNANCE AND FUNDING ADVISORY GROUP (LGF-AG)
AnaEE invites all policy makers to actively participate in the preparatory phase by joining the Legal, Governance and Funding Advisory Group (LGF-AG) which is made up of stakeholders from key AnaEE-related organisations notably representatives from ministries and funding agencies across Europe. The role of the LGF-AG is to make recommendations to the AnaEE Steering Committee for all matters regarding the most appropriate legal entity, governance, funding and business models for AnaEE.
The LGF-AG will develop AnaEE’s legal, governance and funding models in conjunction with ministries and funders so it meets requirements and responds to the objective and priorities of funding and research organisations participating or have an interest to participate in AnaEE.
The LGF-AG will allow AnaEE partners, and Member States not yet partners to:
- Highlight relevant national infrastructure priorities and organisational objectives which may lead to opportunities for collaboration/working with AnaEE;
- Be aware of developments for AnaEE;
- Get an understanding of the opportunities by engaging in AnaEE;
- Join as an associate member and act as point of contact between AnaEE and the Member State for legal, governance and financial matters relating to this project;
- Recommend and review the most appropriate legal entity, governance structure, finance and business models for AnaEE;
- Approve documents and reports that will be presented to the AnaEE Steering Committee.