The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecosystems

01 January 2024 → 31 December 2027
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Environmental law
  • Engineering and technology
    • Urban physics
Environmental protection Light pollution
Other information
Project description

The rate of global biodiversity decline is unprecedented and accelerating. Urban sprawl, population growth and industrialization
bring previously unrecognised drivers of biodiversity loss, including light and noise pollution. The EU has adopted policies, including
the EU Green Deal and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, to enable transformative change through better protection of
biodiversity and nature restoration activities. However, current projections suggest that the EU’s 2030 biodiversity target will not be
met; an alternative plan is required. PLAN-B takes an integrated, multidisciplinary and multi-actor approach to deliver better
understanding and support reduction of light and noise pollution impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services. Key
outputs of PLAN-B include: a framework and supporting handbook for assessing light and noise pollution impacts to inform
environmental decision-making; an open access database on light and noise impacts on terrestrial biodiversity; spatiotemporal
models for evaluating noise and light impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services, including at the European scale;
innovative solutions to prevent and mitigate light and noise pollution impacts; recommendations for enhancing legal and policy
frameworks to reduce light and noise pollution impacts on terrestrial biodiversity; and sustainable Communities of Practice (CoPs),
centred around key stakeholder groups, on the impacts of light and noise on terrestrial biodiversity. Working with European and
international partners, including from Brazil, CoPs, key networks (e.g. Biodiversa+) and the Horizon Europe sister project on aquatic
biodiversity and ecosystems, PLAN-B will maximise its global reach and research impact. Through its work programme, PLAN-B will
create the enabling conditions to support and enhance activities planned in the EU biodiversity strategy and provide a new path
towards meeting the EU and international biodiversity targets.

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