Deliverable D1.1 Online case-study portal to share knowledge and report findings (09/2022)
- The MERLIN online case-study portal is designed to share knowledge of the 17 MERLIN case studies.
- The portal provides interactive access to information from case-study level to European scale and across the restoration types including Peatland & Wetland, Small Streams and Basins, and Large Transboundary Rivers.
- Each case-study has a unique page through which details of the restoration activities, objectives and key stakeholders can be viewed.
- The portal has been designed to allow dissemination of data on Case-Study Impact Assessments across MERLIN Indicators for the European Green Deal.
- The portal will also indicate progress in the implementation of new restoration measures in the MERLIN case-studies through application of the IUCN Global Standard for evaluating Nature-Based Solutions.
- The portal provides an important dissemination tool to inform the scientific community as well as the general public on the benefits of restoration across scales.
Deliverable D1.2: New framework for monitoring systemic impacts of freshwater and wetland restoration actions (09/2022)
- Robust demonstration case-studies are needed to evaluate whether improvements in ecosystem condition are translated into improvements in ecosystem services.
- This research is essential for effectively scaling-up nature-based solutions across Europe and providing the evidence to support transformation agendas in society and industries, and ultimately supporting the ambitions of the European Green Deal.
- Clear guidance and standardised indicators help monitor the impact of freshwater and wetland restoration measures on European Green Deal goals.
- These monitoring indicators should include environmental indicators (e.g. for biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and water storage capacity) as well as socio-economic indicators such as stakeholder representation, private finance mobilisation and job creation.
- A combined Before-After-Control-Intervention (BACI) monitoring design is recommended to provide robust evidence and attribute change to the restoration measures.
- Benchmark (cost or effort) and local/regional context data (e.g. land use, governance) are also needed alongside monitoring of impacts to not just measure what has happened at a site but to understand why it has happened.
Deliverable D5.1 MERLIN dissemination and exploitation plan (02/2022)
- MERLIN has defined seven principles for making impact that build the framework for communication, dissemination and exploitation in the project.
- Along these principles, six relevant target groups are specified, for which different tools of communication and dissemination are determined.
- All activities are centred around the ‘MERLIN key outputs’, which are the 33 project deliverables with public dissemination level.
- These key outputs are grouped into clusters to streamline the communication and dissemination activities along six main thematic strands.
- Centrepiece of this dissemination and exploitation plan is the specification of all MERLIN key outputs and the envisaged dissemination and exploitation channels.
- Eleven key performance indicators and target values have been identified for the different communication and dissemination tools.
Deliverable D5.2 MERLIN website and leaflet (01/2022)
- The MERLIN webpage serves to inform the scientific community as well as the general public about the MERLIN project, its aims and its activities.
- The MERLIN webpage will continuously be updated and amended with MERLIN results and related information during the project’s lifespan.
- The MERLIN leaflet is meant to inform the public about restoration and nature-based solutions in general and specifically about the MERLIN project.
- The MERLIN leaflet will be translated into all case study languages.