One of the main goals of the INTERREG ALICE project is to develop a software programme which is free, easy to use and accessible to region managers. The tool will be based on new approaches to remote sensing (collection and analysis of satellite data) and will be created to generate imagery showing the impact of land planning practices on biodiversity and on ecosystem services. It will therefore provide a support for the decision-making process in land planning.
“We are also looking for a way to encourage the development of the Green and blue belt. The goal of this device, supported by the Ecology Ministry, is to reduce the fragmentation and vulnerability of natural habitats, taking into account their movement in the context of climate change”, stated Cendrine Mony, senior lecturer at Université de Rennes 1 and a member of the research laboratory ECOBIO Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Evolution (OSUR Scientific Observatory of Rennes).
In order to reach this goal, several researchers from Université de Rennes 1 will work alongside a group of geographers who are experts in the field. Working groups bringing together researchers in ecology from Université de Rennes 1, Université de Rennes 2 and the INRA will also be set up and the recruitment of a post-doctoral researcher is planned in 2018.
What is INTERREG?
INTERREG is a European programme aimed at encouraging cooperation between regions in Europe and the development of joint solutions in the areas of urban, rural and coastal development, economic development and environment management. The INTERREG issues calls for proposals which are financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ALICE comes under the umbrella of INTERREG Atlantic Area. The regions involved in the project are in Portugal, Spain, Northern Ireland and France (Brittany). The United Kingdom will also join the project. ALICE will receive funding of a total of 1.3 million euros.
In Brittany, Université de Rennes 1, Université de Rennes 2 and west Brittany universities will be working alongside the CNRS and IFREMER (Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer). On a European scale, the 15 project partners include research centres, administrative bodies, NGOs and businesses.