Emerging Diseases in a changing European Environment - Preparatory phase
|Project type:||Consulting Series|
|Time frame:||2003 - 2004|
|Geographic keyword: France | Europe|
|General keyword: STIS | Datamanagement | Decision support|
|Specific keyword: Global change | Emerging diseases | Environmental change | Human health|
Avia-GIS was contracted by the Centre de coopÃ©ration Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le DÃ©veloppement (CIRAD, Montpellier, France) to coordinate the writing and the negotiation of EDEN a Sixth Framework European Integrated Project. The work was spread over more than one year and conducted mainly in Montpellier and Zoersel. It included visits to key partners elsewhere in Europe, meetings at EU in Brussels and the organization of scientific workshops. Successive stages in the development of the project included:
1.Establishment of a scientific committee, the organization of a call for scientific proposals to join the EDEN consortium and the selection of the proposals.
2.Writing of the EDEN outline proposal for submission.
3.Writing of the full EDEN project proposal for submission.
4.Negotiation of the EDEN contract with EU.
The whole process was successfully concluded on November 1st 2004 when the project started.
See also: EDEN - operational management and EDEN - data management.
EDEN project summary:
In recent years, several vector-borne, parasitic or zoonotic diseases have (re)-emerged and spread in Europe with major health, ecological, socio-economical and political consequences. Most of these outbreaks are linked to global and local changes resulting from climate change, human-induced landscape changes or the activities of human populations. Europe must anticipate, prevent and control new emergences to avoid major societal and economical crises (cf. SARS in Asia, West Nile in the USA). EDEN (Emerging Diseases in a changing European Environment) offers a unique opportunity to prepare for uncertainties about the future of the European environment by exploring the impact of environmental and other changes on human health.
EDEN's aims are to identify, evaluate and catalogue European ecosystems and environmental conditions linked to global change, which can influence the spatial and temporal distribution and dynamics of human pathogenic agents. The project will develop and co-coordinate at the European level a set of generic methods, tools and skills such as predictive emergence and spread models, early warning, surveillance and monitoring tools and scenarios, which can be used by decision makers for risk assessment, decision support for intervention and public health policies both at the EU and at the national or regional level. Part of EDEN's innovation will be to combine spatial data (earth observation data, GIS etc) with epidemiological data.
EDEN has selected for study a range of indicator human diseases that are especially sensitive to environmental changes and will be studied within a common scientific framework (involving Landscapes, Vector and Parasite bionomics, Public Health, and Animal Reservoirs). Some of these diseases are already present in Europe (Tick- and Rodent-borne diseases, Leishmaniasis, West Nile fever), others were present historically (Malaria) and so may re-emerge, whilst others are on the fringes of Europe (Rift Valley Fever) in endemic regions of West and Northern Africa.
EDEN integrates research in 47 leading institutes from 24 countries with the combined experience and skills to reach the project's common goals. The eco-geographical diversity of the project area covers all relevant European eco-systems from the polar circle in the North to the Mediterranean basin and its link with West Africa in the South, and from Portugal in the West to the Danube delta in the East. EDEN is organized into a series of vertical Sub-Projects led and managed by internationally recognized experts, and linked together by a series of Integrative Activities that include biodiversity monitoring, environmental change detection, disease modeling, remote sensing and image interpretation, information and communication. The proposed management structure, including a Steering Committee and an Advisory Group, takes into account both the diversity of the partners and the size of the project.
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