ETC/BD Newsletter, July 2016

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Nature Directives

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.


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.

SEBI 2020

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»

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«Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe’s ecosystems: progress and challenges»

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«Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services Urban ecosystems 4th Report»

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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