Pan-European Biodiversity Monitoring Workshop at Biodiversity Next

Friday, 19 July, 2019


Present-day accelerated biodiversity loss remains largely unrecognized as there is still a lack of comprehensive long-term monitoring systems. Available data from different sources and collected on various spatial and temporal scales can hardly be consolidated. In order to prevent human-induced species extinctions, we need to consistently document biodiversity change over time and analyze determinants of population decline to finally be able to provide policy makers with evidence-based recommendations.

With our taxonomic expertise and modern technologies for species-based research united at the European level in CETAF, we founded the European biodiversity monitoring group to plan and implement a comprehensive pan-European program to be interlinked with established initiatives and infrastructures.

At the biodiversity_next conference, the CETAF BiodivMG will bring together taxonomists with important players from ecological research, representatives of global monitoring infrastructures and biodiversity conservation to establish fruitful inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations.

An integrative pan-European monitoring scheme requires the strategic zonation of Europe and selection of appropriate monitoring sites. With respect to observation methods we need to agree upon taxonomic groups to be covered and on feasible and affordable monitoring approaches. Co-design with ecological statisticians for the development of standardized methods will allow for meaningful data analyses.

Our workshop will consist of two sessions:

The first session is dedicated to the selection of appropriate sampling sites representative for the climatic zones and the variety of habitat types found in Europe.

Keynote speaker session 1:

  1. Lucy Bastin (JRC Digital Observatory of Protected Areas) will talk about the use of remote sensing-derived products to complement field observations
  2. Rob Jongman (Wageningen UR) will talk about the experiences in Europe with stratification of the environment and harmonization of in situ habitat information

The second session is dedicated to the development of a harmonised sampling scheme to monitor biodiversity across Europe, considering taxa that allow for answering scientific questions related to major anthropogenic pressures.

Keynote speaker session 2:

  1. Paul Hebert (Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph) will talk on planetary bio-surveillance of terrestrial arthropods with standard sampling protocols and species identification by DNA barcodes: “TRACE: Tracking the Response of Arthropods to Changing Environments”
  2. Caspar Hallman (Radboud University) will present “Biodiversity monitoring in Europe – past, present and possible future”

If you want to play a role in the major challenge for conservation of our biodiversity and to know how modern technology and monitoring can play a crucial role in Biodiversity preservation, register to this workshop at Biodiversity Next Pre-conference.

More info on the workshop:

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