DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status

Coordinator: Angel Borja

Total budget: EUR 12 million

Duration: 1.11.2012 - 31.10.2016

The DEVOTES Project aims at improving understanding of human activities impacts (cumulative, synergistic, antagonistic) and variations due to climate change on marine biodiversity, using long-term series (pelagic and benthic).

A major aim of DEVOTES is to test the indicators proposed by the EC, and develop new ones for assessment at species, habitats and ecosystems level, for the status classification of marine waters, integrating the indicators into a unified assessment of the biodiversity and the cost-effective implementation of the indicators (i.e. by defining monitoring and assessment strategies).

DEVOTES is thus also intended to develop/test/validate innovative integrative modelling tools to further strengthen our understanding of ecosystem and biodiversity changes (space & time); such tools can be used by statutory bodies, Small Medium Enterprises and marine research institutes to monitor biodiversity, applying both empirical and automatic data acquisition.

This objective will demonstrate the utility of innovative monitoring systems capable of efficiently providing data on a range of parameters (including those from non-EU countries), used as indicators of Good Environmental Status, and for the integration of the information into a unique assessment.


BNI is co-leading two of the seven workpackages of DEVOTES:

WP3 – Indicator testing and development

Co-leader - Anna-Stiina Heiskanen - SYKE/BNI Finland

WP 6 - Integrative assessment of biodiversity

Co-leader - Jesper Andersen -AU/BNI Denmark

Read more about the DEVOTES-project on the official website

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Updated: 2014-02-25
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