Reasons for the Action

Ecosystem services and wellbeing are both growing research agendas and priorities in Europe, and the latest rounds of FP7 have been including specific calls for these areas (but usually not in an interdisciplinary way).

Current FP7 projects include “BESAFE - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Arguments for our future Environment” and “CGPESA – Communities, Governance and Payment for Ecosystem Services in Amazonia”. Directorates of the EC regularly publish funding calls for projects with relevance for this Action. Examples are the DG Environment Preparatory Action 'BEST' (Voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories), or the DG Enterprise and Industry “Preparatory Action on Sustainable Tourism”, with annual calls for the development of transnational actions.

The CALYPSO Programme funds projects on social tourism, examples of which are the “SOWELL - Social tourism Opportunities in WELLness and Leisure activities” and “EST- European Senior Travellers” projects. COST 4139/12 8 TECHNICAL ANNEX DG G III EN A complementary and currently open FP7(Capacities: Science in Society) call that also addresses issues of active ageing is the SiS.2012.1.2-1: “Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Action Plans - Specific Challenge 3: Healthy and active ageing”.

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