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January 03, 2019
CREAF: 30 years in environmental sciences
CREAF, Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Center, which works in the field of terrestrial ecology, especially forestry, in order to improve planning and management of the natural, rural and urban environment, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The anniversary of this 130-researcher institute located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), partner of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP), is a good excuse to remember the powerful CERCA research centers network which CREAF is involved in and the commitment to biodiversity protection shared by both CREAF and BSP.

Catalonia has developed its own research system based mainly on a talent attraction agency (ICREA) and a network of 40 research centers (CERCA), 6 of which are on the UAB campus, that is to say into the BSP’s sphere: in addition to CREAF, ICN2 (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), IFAE (Institute for High Energy Physics), CRAG (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics), CVC (Computer Vision Centre) and ICP (Catalan Institute of Palaeontology).

Regarding biodiversity, one of the four research areas of the center (together with Earth Observation, Global Change and Ecosystem functioning), CREAF studies the mechanisms which generate and maintain biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and analyzes the factors which threaten it. CREAF works with species and communities of plants and animals, with studies carried out from the molecular to ecosystem scale.  

This commitment is also that of BSP with its emblematic 140-hectare green corridor where actions for biodiversity protection are carried out: they are included in this document and awarded by the Business & Biodiversity label of the European Commission.

Congratulations, CREAF!
 

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