Biodiversity monitoring in Europe: User and policy needs

Moersberger, H., Valdez, J., Martin, J.G.C. ORCID:, Junker, J., Georgieva, I. ORCID:, Bauer, S., Beja, P., Breeze, T.D., et al. (2024). Biodiversity monitoring in Europe: User and policy needs. Conservation Letters e13038. 10.1111/conl.13038.

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Project: Europa Biodiversity Observation Network: integrating data streams to support policy (EuropaBON, H2020 101003553)


To achieve the goals of the 2030 Global Biodiversity Framework, the European Biodiversity Strategy, and the EU Green Deal, biodiversity monitoring is critical. Monitoring efforts in Europe, however, suffer from gaps and biases in taxonomy, spatial coverage, and temporal resolution, resulting in fragmented and disconnected data. To assess user and policy needs in biodiversity monitoring, we employed a four-step user-centered stakeholder engagement process with over 300 stakeholders including a public stakeholder workshop, online survey, interviews, and a meeting with experts from 18 EU member states, the European Commission, and the European Environment Agency. The stakeholders identified policy needs, current challenges, and potential solutions. Based on the policy and stakeholder assessment, we recommend establishing a European Biodiversity Observation Coordinating Centre to optimize existing observation efforts, harmonize data, and enhance our ability to predict and respond to key challenges related to biodiversity loss in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiversity, challenges, conservation, data collection, European biodiversity, implementation, monitoring, policy, solutions, stakeholder engagement
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation (BEC)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Equity and Justice (EQU)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2024 09:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 09:21

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