Biodiversa+ regularly publishes guides, mappings, policy briefs and other written materials. Below you can access and freely download our publications.

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Guides and handbooks
Biodiversity Monitoring Best Practices
Guide on harmonising biodiversity monitoring protocols

This guide explores the fundamental concepts and approaches for biodiversity monitoring protocols, and provides recommendations on the most suitable approaches for harmonizing them.

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Guidance document on open science and data management

Learn more on what is open science, the regulations in different countries related to open science, and how to draft data management plans for your research projects.

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Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

Learn more on ‘why’, ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ to engage stakeholders in research projects.

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Guide on policy relevance of research

Learn more on what is policy relevance of research, how this aspect is evaluated in Biodiversa+ calls and what are the most relevant policies for your research projects.

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Citizen Science Toolkit

Get an overview of what Citizen Science is and access to a list of the most relevant publications and most useful tools for Citizen Science.

Handbook on the use of biodiversity scenarios
Handbook on the use of biodiversity scenarios in support of decision-making

Learn more on how to develop biodiversity scenarios (in particular participatory ones) and how they can be a tool in support of decision-making.

Mapping of international collaboration between scientists of the ERA and other regions
International collaboration between scientists of the ERA and other regions

Mapping to assess the research landscape of transnational (and bi-regional) collaborations and guide priorities for research funders to reinforce the internationalisation of research in the biodiversity domain.

Transnational collaboration for research on biodiversity and climate change

Mapping of research collaboration in the field of biodiversity and climate change developed in the context of its BiodivClim COFUND Action supporting research on “Biodiversity and climate change”

Biodiversity Research Infrastructures

Biodiversa mapping of existing Biodiversity Research Infrastructures

International and multiregional research collaboration on biodiversity scenarios

An analysis of collaboration networks based on publications involving the European Research Area (ERA) and other world regions

BiodivERsA database

Research on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe over 2005-2015

Collaboration between Europe and Latin America/Caribbean for Research on Biodiversity

An analysis of collaboration networks based on publications involving ERA and LAC researchers (2003-2013)

Deliverables & reports
D2.9 Phase II Report
Biodiversa+ strategic biodiversity monitoring governance document (Phase II)

This report presents key results, findings and recommendations developed under Biodiversa+ in its two first years regarding development and harmonisation of transnational biodiversity monitoring schemes.

Possible ways to foster the uptake of knowledge on Nature-based Solutions

Drawing on recent initiatives and Biodiversa-funded projects, the report focuses on three pivotal processes that underpin the uptake of NbS knowledge into policy, practice, and decision-making.

Governance Pilot Conclusions
Conclusions of the Biodiversa+ Governance pilot

The pilot examined and evaluated the current state of biodiversity monitoring governance, data management and interoperability, and data standards across participating countries and regions.

Soil Biodiversity Pilot Midterm Report
Midterm report of the soil biodiversity pilot

The pilot combines traditional morphological and DNA-based methods into a unified framework and develops standardised procedures for soil biodiversity assessment and reporting, in Europe and beyond.

IAS Pilot Midterm Report
Midterm report of the IAS monitoring pilot

This pilot is developing new methods to monitor invasive alien species, focusing on plants and insects. It uses image recognition techniques based on computer vision and deep learning.

Report on the uptake of knowledge gaps identified in IPBES assessments
Report on the uptake of knowledge gaps identified in IPBES assessments

A report examining the extent to which Biodiversa+ has integrated knowledge gaps identified by IPBES into its strategic planning, research calls, and research projects. It provides recommendations to improve uptake.

Report on shared goals and priorities for biodiversity monitoring
Shared goals and priorities for biodiversity monitoring within Biodiversa+

A document introducing the revised biodiversity monitoring priorities for the 2023–2025 cycle of Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership.

Recommendations on societal transformation
Recommendations for the Biodiversa+ flagship programme on ‘Societal transformation’

A report providing guidance and identifying the main knowledge gaps and research needs to be addressed as part of a whole-of-society approach to societal transformation for biodiversity.

Mapping of national and sub-national organisations that fund and steer biodiversity monitoring schemes

A mapping of ministries and other organisations that fund and steer (sub)-national biodiversity monitoring schemes across the network of 23 countries.

Scoping review of knowledge on the role of biodiversity in the design, delivery and benefits of Nature-Based Solutions

A report on biodiversity’s contribution to addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges using actions that involve working with nature and are widely known under the umbrella term nature-based solutions (NBS).

Biodiversa+ strategic biodiversity monitoring governance document (Phase 1)
Biodiversa+ strategic biodiversity monitoring governance document (Phase 1)

A first overview of the European biodiversity monitoring governance landscape including both national and sub-national viewpoints as well as the outcomes of the EuropaBON project and its proposals for a BMCC.

Report on the harmonisation and interoperability of datasets across regions and countries

A building block to supporting the harmonisation of biodiversity monitoring databases and the data interoperability across Europe.

Report of the use of biodiversity monitoring data in private decision making

A report on the perspectives from private actors (business, civili society and NGOs) on their user needs for biodiversity monitoring data.

Literature survey on biodiversity monitoring protocols used across countries

An analysis of different possible strategies for an optimal harmonisation of protocols for transnational monitoring, mainly focusing on biodiversity monitoring information workflows and governance.

Shared goals and priorities for biodiversity indicators in Biodiversa+
Shared goals and priorities for biodiversity indicators in Biodiversa+

A report giving an overview of the main policies and initiatives related to biodiversity indicators across Europe and globally, and identifying the key areas for indicator work within Biodiversa+.

Biodiversa+ Dialogue on Transformative Change for biodiversity

A report on the ways Biodiversa+ could support society to trigger transformative change for biodiversity

Biodiversity monitoring knowledge gaps and research & innovation priorities

A report on biodiversity monitoring knowledge gaps and R&I priorities that could be addressed by the Biodiversa+ 2nd call and that could be useful for other biodiversity monitoring activities

Funded joint calls brochures
BiodivMon brochure
2022 – 2023 BiodivMon

Improved transnational monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem change for science and society

2021 – 2022 BiodivProtect

Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea

2020 – 2021 BiodivRestore

Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems

2019 - 2020 BiodivClim

Biodiversity and Climate Change

2018 – 2019 BiodivHealth

Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health

2017 – 2018 BiodivScen

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem services

2015 – 2016 BiodivDynamics

Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a global change context: the cases of soils and sediments, and land- river and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities)

2013 – 2014 BiodivAgri

Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services

2012 – 2013 BiodivInvasives

Pan-European call for research proposals on invasive species and biological invasions

2011 – 2012 BiodivScen2011

Biodiversity dynamics: developing scenarios, identifying tipping points and improving resilience

2010 – 2011 BiodivValues

Biodiversity and ecosystem services and their valuation

2008 Biodiv2008

Biodiversity: linking scientific advancement to policy and practice

Funded projects outcomes
2010-2013 calls analysis of the outputs of BiodivERsA funded projects

Projects completed over 2014 to 2018

2008 call analysis of the outputs of BiodivERsA funded projects

BiodivERsA 2008 joint call on “Biodiversity: linking scientific advancement to policy and practice”

Policy briefs
  • All topics
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & health
  • Climate change
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • IAS
  • Marine
  • Nature-based solution
  • Protected areas
  • Terrestrial

How natural forest expansion in Europe can offer cost-effective benefits to people

This brief is based on the SPONFOREST BiodivERsA 2015-2016 research project presents information on how natural forest expansion can offer a cost-effective nature-based solution and climate mitigation measure.

General Biodiversa publications
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Biodiversa+ SRIA


The Biodiversa+ Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

Biodiversa main achievements

Main achievements for research on biodiversity, ecosystem services and Nature-based Solutions over 2008-2021

Highlights of the Biodiversa-IPBES collaboration

Reinforcing science-policy interfacing on biodiversity