In alignment with its commitment to promote and support transnational biodiversity monitoring, Biodiversa+ launched its first one-year pilots for biodiversity monitoring in January 2023. To further bolster this initiative, Biodiversa+ organized on 23-25 May in Helsinki two workshops aimed at fostering a transnational network and harmonizing biodiversity monitoring schemes across Europe.
The first workshop was part of the ongoing pilot “Towards national biodiversity monitoring coordination centres: comparison of governance, data interoperability and standards”. It delved into the governance aspects of transnational biodiversity monitoring, aiming to foster shared understanding, facilitate dialogue, and strengthen expert networks.
Attended by Biodiversa+ partners, the European Commission, EuropaBON, the European Environment Agency (EEA), and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the workshop provided an opportunity for participants to offer feedback on the draft Terms of Reference for the Biodiversity Monitoring Coordination Center. Developed by the EuropaBON project, this center would connect all biodiversity monitoring schemes in Europe. The workshop also highlighted noteworthy examples of biodiversity monitoring governance in France, Sweden, Israel, and Finland.
The second workshop engaged participants in discussions with habitat quality and remote sensing experts. This session focused on co-designing the planning of a potential new pilot.
- Slides of the governance workshop
- Slides of the habitat quality & mapping workshop
- Outcomes of the habitat quality and mapping workshop
- Slides and outcomes of a previous webinar on mapping habitat by combining satellite and other data