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Natura 2000 network
27-29 September in Malta, the second regional Natura 2000 seminars will be held for the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Macaronesian marine regions
Reporting under the Nature Directives
The reporting formats for Article 12 of the Birds Directive and Article 17 of the Habitats Directive have been revised following discussions and comments at both the Expert Group on Reporting at its March meeting and the Expert Group on the Birds and the Habitats Directives (NADEG) in April.
The ‘New’ biogeographical process
The workshop on Forest management and Natura 2000 in the alpine and continental biogeographical regions was organised and held at the University of Padua (Italy) on 21-23 June 2016, as part of the first cycle of biogeographical seminars (now known as the ‘kick off seminars’).
Emerald and Bern Convention
The Norwegian Emerald sites, as is expected, will be formally adopted at this year’s meeting of the Bern Convention’s Standing Committee.
EEA and EIONET
The important changes for the future of the EEA and EIONET were reported and discussed during the meetings of the National Focal Points (NFPs), held in Copenhagen respectively on 02-03 March and 31 May-02 June.
EIONET NRC Biodiversity 2016
The end of July in Copenhagen, the second EIONET meeting with the new structure of EIONET NRCs was dedicated to biodiversity and ecosystem indicators and assessment.
In early July in Copenhagen, the new SEBI 2020 Indicator Project Group met with aim to discuss the SEBI 2020 roadmap.
IPBES Pan European Stakeholder Consultation
The 3rd Pan European IPBES Stakeholder Consultation (Leipzig , 14-16.06) aimed at increasing the involvement of different stakeholders with information on the IPBES process, the IPBES Conceptual Framework, the outputs of the IPBES conference (IPBES Pollination Assessment) and the work achieved at Pan European and Central Asian (ECA) level.
Work continues on revising in the different sections of the EUNIS classification.
European Red List of Habitats
The draft report and supporting data of the European Red List of Habitats was delivered in mid June and will be published later this year.
ETC/BD Management Committee
Amongst topics, discussed of the spring meeting of the ETC/BD management committee in Prague on the 24-25 May, was the EEA’s roadmap to 2020.
News from the EEA and our partners
Beate Werner replaced Ivone Pereira-Martins as the new head of the Biodiversity group on 1st January 2016.
Naturalis/Catalogue of life – a new partner
The Naturalis organisation, based in Leiden (NL), joined the ETC/BD consortium at the beginning of 2016.
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN)
Michelle Watson (IE) joined the ETC/BD core team as the Biodiversity Information Officer in January 2016.
Celia Garcia-Feced left the core team at the end of March.
Bálint Czúcz from Hungary, as Ecosystem Assessments Officer, will join the core team in September.
Zelmira Gaudillat has been on maternity leave and will return in September. During her absence, Jean Ichter was to support the work on reporting under the Nature Directives.
«European forest ecosystems – State and trends»
«Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe’s ecosystems: progress and challenges»
«Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services Urban ecosystems 4th Report»
Article 17 reporting and Red List assessments
See Moser et al (2016) “Weak agreement between the species conservation status assessments of the European habitats directive and red lists”. Biological Conservation, 198: 1-8.
ETC/BD Technical Papers and Working papers
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The European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity is a consortium of 13 partners who share the responsibility for the work programme defined by the EEA, in collaboration with a Core Team based in Paris at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (National Museum of Natural History), the coordinator of the consortium. For further information see ETC/BD website