Faculty launches project that tackles impacts of light and noise pollution

(11-01-2024) The 'PLAN-B' project, which runs from 2024 to 2027, aims to address the impacts of light and noise pollution on terrestrial biodiversity. The European Research Executive Agency is funding this project as part of the Horizon programme

The project focuses on developing innovative approaches beyond current EU initiatives, tackling the adverse effects of newly emerged human-made disturbances on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Plan B will deploy regulatory, social, environmental, and technological solutions, creating a methodological framework and an open-access database for assessing the global impacts of light and noise pollution.

Tools for Decision-Making

Crucially, the project will provide essential tools for environmental decision-making, aiding in the identification and implementation of effective mitigation measures. PLAN-B recognizes the need for adaptable solutions to address emerging pollutants.

International Collaboration

Ghent University is at the helm of this ambitious project, with Prof. Geert Van Hoorick from the Faculty of Law and Criminology serving as the scientific coordinator. Collaborating institutions hail from various European countries, including Poland, Germany, Spain, and Sweden, as well as non-EU member states such as the UK, Switzerland, and Brazil.

Sustainable Practice Communities

PLAN-B will establish Sustainable Practice Communities (CoPs) to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration, specifically focusing on the effects of light and noise on terrestrial biodiversity.

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