|2011-02-23 The EuMon database questionnaire has been revised. |
The EuMon database questionnaire has been revised. We would kindly
like to invite you to update or include your monitoring scheme.
Thanks for your support!
|2008-11-12 New EU-project EBONE - European Biodiversity Observation Network|
EBONE is an EU FP7
project and is partially a follow up project of EuMon. The key challenge of the project is the development of a
cost effective system of biodiversity data collection at regional,
national and European levels. The need for the project is to develop a
system for a coherent system for data collection that can be used for
international comparable assessments.
For more Information please click here.
|2008-04-02 EuMon Conference Leipzig 28th - 30th of January|
Representatives from NGO’s,
national and international conservation agencies and scientists from more than
25 countries across Europe were participating at the EuMon Conference in Leipzig (28th to the 30th of January). The
major issues we addressed during the conference were:
- Where are the gaps in
- Biodiversity Monitoring,
needs and duties of governments and the public
- Advantages and problems in
building multi-national monitoring schemes
- Volunteer involvement in Biodiversity
- What types of education are needed
to encourage the public interest in biodiversity and monitoring?
Find on the
following link the presentations of the conference as PDF files for downloading:
Many thanks again to all
presenters to make the presentation available!
|2007-11-09 EuMon Final workshop approaching|
EuMon Final workshop approaching
VISIT http://www.eumon.ufz.de/ for registration
With the implementation of the European nature
conservation directives (Habitats and Birds Directive) it became a
legal obligation for each EU member state to regularly report on the
conservation status of its wild flora and fauna. To evaluate the status
of species and habitats it is necessary to continuously observe and
document their development in the long term. This is already being done
for many of the approximately 100.000 animal and 14.000 plant species
in Europe. But in spite of the large number of monitoring systems, it
remains difficult to determine the national and international
conservation status of species and habitats. Therefore
coordinating monitoring efforts and data across Europe will increase
relevance and potential implications of monitoring outputs.
The EuMon-Project was launched to develop such a coordinating framework and herewith invites you to the final meeting.
The conference and workshops address members
and representatives from NGOs and nature conservation agencies as well
as scientists and policy makers.
|2007-11-09 Results from EuMon contribute to monitoring of Norway’s biodiversity|
As part of a national programme for the inventory
and monitoring of Norway’s
biodiversity, special emphasis is placed on red-listed species and other
species for which Norway
may be considered to have special responsibility. This involves some
considerable challenges, as both the number of red-listed species in the major
taxa (fungi, insects) and their population sizes and distribution patterns make
it difficult to apply standard representative sampling. A first approach to
meet these challenges is to identify the relevant species and then to sort them
into categories suitable for different monitoring approaches, based on their
ecological traits and distribution characteristics. Here EuMon contributes in
both steps. Results from EuMon’s WP4 on national responsibilities will be very
helpful in deciding relevant criteria for the selection of species for future
monitoring, especially for species of national responsibility for Norway. The
recommended EuMon approach may not be applied directly, but the basic logic
behind this approach will aid in structuring the criteria for selection of a priority
set of species. The various methodological considerations developed in EuMon’s
WP2 will then contribute to specify the basic approaches available for sound
monitoring of species with different ecological and distribution
characteristics. By the end of 2007, the work should result in a recommended
set of species allocated to suitable basic monitoring approaches. Contact
person for this work is Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson of NINA
More information in the 4th EuMon newsletter
|2007-06-29 The third EuMon newsletter|
Find the latest newsletter from EuMon here. The high-level input to our database has ceased by now, but it
is still possible to contribute your scheme and we would highly recommend that
you do in order to improve the value of the database for yourselves in the
future. The database will remain accessible online after the end of the EuMon
project in April 2008. Our aim is that it will become an official tool for the
EU-Commission and the Habitats Reporting but this is still in discussion.
|2007-06-29 Intensive farming damaging bird numbers|
Intensive farming damaging bird numbers
By Paul Eccleston
The catastrophic decline of farmland birds in Britain
due to intensive farming methods is being mirrored across Europe, a new
farmland birds have declined by almost half in the past 25 years as a
direct consequence of the Common Agricultural Policy, it is claimed.
Read the full article: Telegraph
|2007-06-29 The new monitoring of common breeding birds in the wider countryside of Germany|
The new monitoring of common breeding birds in the wider countryside of Germany
This is not exceptionally new, but might be of interest for bird monitors. The full article (in German) can be downloaded here
Mitschke, A., C. Sudfeldt, H. Heidrich-Riske & R. Dröschmeister 2005: The new monitoring
of common breeding birds in the wider countryside of Germany – monitoring sites, field
method and preliminary results. Vogelwelt 126: 127 – 140.
Common and widespread breeding birds are probably among the best indicators of the effects
of large scale changes in agricultural and land management practice on wildlife. The German
Common Birds Census (GCBC), which is conducted by the Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten
(DDA, Federation of German Avifaunists) since 1989, yields trend data and allows analysis
of the factors affecting these trends. GCBC is based on territory mapping and point counts.
Because of observer’s free choice of plots and routes, nearly a quarter of the common species
shows significant differences in annual changes or overall trends of the index curves derived
from the two different field methods (FLADE & SCHWARZ 2004). In order to overcome these
biases due to geographical and habitat representation, DDA started in 2004 a new monitoring
scheme based on a stratified randomised sampling design using land cover (ATKIS, Amtliches
Topographisch-Kartographisches Informationssystem) and abiotic characteristics for classification.
The latter are previously combined to ‘land classes’, which reflect natural regions and
landscapes. The procedure determining 1,000 monitoring sites (1 km2 squares) of national
interest was similar to that given by the nation-wide Ecological Area Sampling approach and
was developed in co-operation with the German Federal Agency for Statistics and the Federal
Agency for Nature Conservation. Skilled volunteers have been surveying the plots (420 in 2004,
626 in 2005) during four visits per breeding season (10 March to 20 June). Along a squarespecific
route of nearly 3 km length, the survey aims at locating as many as possible occupied
territories (simplified territory mapping method) of every diurnal avian species occurring in a
square. This paper discusses the new approach of monitoring common breeding birds in Germany
in the context of a nation-wide monitoring for nature conservation in the wider countryside.
Preliminary results are given.
|2007-02-16 The second EuMon Newsletter|
We finalized the second Newsletter, informing about results of the EuMon project. Find a pdf version here. Feel free to distribute the newsletter, if you find it of interest for others.
|2007-02-06 International Press Center for Biodiversity|
Find Biodiversity related news on the webpage http://www.biodiversityresearch.net/, a service initated by AlterNet.
|2007-02-05 Could woodland bird declines could be attributed to grey squirrels?|
The Game Conservancy Trust: Could woodland bird declines could be attributed to grey squirrels?
Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007 12:55
concerns about the possibility of grey squirrels affecting woodland
bird populations, has resulted in The Barnaby Trust and The European
Squirrel Initiative (ESI) funding a substantial new grey squirrel
study, which is to be carried out by The Game Conservancy Trust. More
|2007-02-01 The Great Bear Comeback|
By Philip Bethge
The brown bear is returning to the mountains of
Central Europe, thanks to resettlement projects in Italy, Austria and
France. Biologists celebrate the animals’ return as a success in
endangered species protection. But the general population has mixed
feelings about welcoming back the predator.more on Spiegel online
|2007-01-31 Summaries of Deliverables|
EuMon has finished its second year, with a total of 15 deliverables produced. Here you can find the summaries of all relevant deliverables.
|2006-10-29 The 1st EuMon Newsletter|
This is the first of a three-monthly newsletter handed out by the
EuMon-consortium. It is meant to inform all subscribers about news
concerning monitoring of species and habitats. We will inform you about
the different working groups of the EuMon-project, but also about
activities in monitoring policy, meetings and initiatives concerning
monitoring. We are also open to spread information from monitoring
organisations, which should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, also
help EuMon distributing this newsletter and sent it to people likely
interested in the topic.
Find the pdf of the newsletter here.
|2006-10-19 Launch of the EMAN Data Management System|
This is news from Canada and their approach to facilitate monitoring of biodiversity.
Have a read on their page
Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Coordinating Office is
pleased to announce that the first phase of the EMAN Data Management
System has been launched. The EMAN Data Management System is an
on-line tool for partners to enter, access, view, manage, search and
share data related to the EMAN standardized ecosystem monitoring
protocols. You can access the system at:
* the EMAN terrestrial vegetation biodiversity
monitoring protocol * the Roadside
Survey * the Backyard Call Count.
|2006-09-13 Monitoring butterflies and dragonflies in the Netherlands in 2005|
Monitoring butterflies and dragonflies in the Netherlands in 2005
De Vlinderstichting (Dutch Butterfly Conservation) and CBS
(Statistics Netherlands) coordinate the monitoring schemes for
butterflies and dragonflies in the Netherlands. The butterfly scheme
started in 1990, the dragonfly scheme in 1997.
number of butterfly transects and plots has more or less stabilized
just under 700 sites. The sites are well scattered over the
country. The species-richest sites are found in the eastern half of the
Netherlands and in the coastal dunes. The winner was a site
near Maastricht in the very south of the country, having 28 species in
2005. 23 species have been counted since the start in
1990! The number of butterflies in 2005 was low again. In spite of this a few species had their ‘highest index ever’, e.g.
Papilio machaon and Celastrina argiolus. Aglais urticae and Lasiommata
megera had their ‘lowest index ever’. The most common species was
Maniola jurtina, as in all previous years.
The report presents the trends of all native butterflies as graphs. An
overview of the trends of butterflies since 1992 indicates that eleven
species show a significant increase, four others are stable and 30
species are declining.
Download the full report:
|2006-08-03 Scientists want global body to conserve biodiversity|
Scientists want global body to conserve biodiversity
By Patricia Reaney
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists warned on Wednesday that the world is on
the brink of a major biodiversity crisis and called for the creation of
an international body to advise governments on how to protect the
"All the scientific evidence points to the fact that whatever measure
of vulnerability you take, whether it is local populations, species or
ecosystem, we know that the rate at which we are altering them now is
faster than it has been in the past," Georgina Mace said in an
Mace, director of science at the Institute of Zoology in London, is one
of 19 scientists from 13 countries who signed a declaration published
in the journal Nature explaining why an intergovernmental body is
They said that although all aspects of biodiversity are in decline and
many species are likely to become extinct this century, the crisis is
not given the weight and importance it merits in public and private
The new panel would address policy-related issues and get the best
consensus on what the scientific opinion really is. "It is not telling
policy makers what to do. It is giving them advice
about what the consequences of different decisions will be," Mace
added. The experts, who include Dr Robert Watson, the chief scientist
World Bank, suggested that a single global body similar to the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) could speak for the
biodiversity science world.
"For the sake of the planet, the biodiversity science community has to
create a way to get organized, to coordinate its work across
disciplines, and together with one clear voice advise governments on
steps to halt the potentially catastrophic loss of species already
occurring," Watson said in a statement.
scientists and experts from countries ranging from China, Chile and
Canada to South Africa, Germany and the United States suggested that
the panel should be independent, transparent and include input from
governments, non-government organizations and the private sector.
They suggested the group be funded by governments and that it should
generate information about trends in biodiversity and future changes so
targets for action can be set.
scientists said French President Jacques Chirac had supported the idea
at an international conference in January 2005. "The French government
is currently funding a consultation process to
assess the need, scope and possible models for an international
mechanism of scientific expertise on biodiversity," they said in the
The consultations are expected to produce recommendations within 18 months.
|2006-08-03 BBC 1 - Seawatch|
Wednesday 2 August, 8pm BBC One
From rock pools in Devon
to deep sea corals off Scotland, Kate Humble examines the effects of
fishing, pollution and climate change on UK marine life and looks at
how we can help protect it.
Have a look here
|2006-08-03 Commission proposes new EU plan to halt biodiversity loss|
Commission proposes new EU plan to halt biodiversity loss
The European Commission adopted today a Communication which sets out an
ambitious policy approach to halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010.
In particular, it provides an EU Action Plan which proposed concrete
measures and outlines the responsibilities of EU institutions and
Member States, respectively. It also specifies indicators to monitor
progress, and a timetable for evaluations. It spells out what needs to
be done to halt biodiversity loss in the EU and to meet the
international commitments to reduce biodiversity loss worldwide. It
also creates an advisory mechanism to help decision-makers make better
use of existing knowledge.
More information here
|2006-06-16 Press Coverage|
Press Coverage of the EuMon project
Interview Klaus Henle
Interview with Sandra Bell
|2006-06-16 Announcement for a workshop |
USE OF BIOINDICATORS IN ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT AND BIODIVERSITY MONITORING SCHEMES
Coimbra, 10 -15 July, 2006, Department of Zoology, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
post-graduation course aiming to provide the most updated information on the
development of bioindicators to assess effects of several anthropogenic
pressures on biodiversity in terrestrial systems and their use on biodiversity
includes both theoretical and practical lectures (including the analyses of
several case studies) and is targeted not only for scientists and research
students (Ph.D and M.Sc), but also for persons involved in land management
(e.g., nature conservation, forestry and agriculture managers).
For more information see http://www.uc.pt/ctce/
|2006-06-16 Loss of butterflies|
In the current paper print of the German journal Spiegel (24/2006)
you find an article on the loss of butterflies and butterfly monitoring
in Germany by R. von Bredow and L. Rothenberger. You may want to ask
Josef Settele (email@example.com) for a pdf, if you can’t buy the
Spiegel (it is sold internationally, usually in train stations).
|2006-05-23 EuMon workshop|
The EuMon consortium meets in Vilnius (Lithuania) from the 6th to
the 10th of June 2006 to discuss the progress of the project, to solve
problems occuring and to interact with policymakers. If you have an
enquiry concerning EuMon sent us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
put it on the agenda. The next EuMon-workshop will be taking place in
Spring 2007. Generally, it is possible that interested people
participate in the workshop, just let us know in advance.
|2006-05-10 BBC radio 4 - Counting Creature|
The urgent need to monitor biodiversity has recently been covered by a production of the BBC radio 4 broadcast - Counting Creatures.
From the BBC webpage:
In 2002, 188 countries signed the Convention on Biological Diversity - thus committing themselves to slowing the loss of biodiversity by 2010. But with just a few years to go, there’s no agreed way of measuring progress towards that goal. How can we find out if all our efforts to save species and environments are making any difference?
And what do we mean by biodiversity? Biologists say it’s much more than just the numbers of plants and animals that fill our world and make it unique. It’s also the range of genes, habitats and their multiple interactions.
Sue Broom attempts to untangle the term, and discovers why biodiversity is so important and why it must be maintained.
Listen to the program again here
|2006-04-18 Reports on our Databases|
We currently implement a new feature to our webpage - Dynamic and static reports from our databases on participatory monitoring networks and monitoring schemes .
These will allow you to retrieve the information from our databases you
are interested in and display them in graphic and text format. Find a
sample version here. We are open to any suggestions you may have concerning content and design, just get in touch with us!
|2006-03-16 WP 2/3 progress|
WP 2/3 is now actually collecting data after a long delay because of prolonged testing of the online database.
The invitation letters have been sent out to respondents in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Netherlands and Spain. Hopefully every day this list will be updated now.
All the new data will receive a brief examination and will be made publicly available after that. Please be patient if you do not see your data appear in the public list right away.
|2006-03-15 Short summary of preliminary results of EuMon|
The preliminary results (first 12 month) of the EuMon project clearly show the inclination to monitor and survey certain favourable organism groups, bird monitoring surmounting the second preferred group (invertebrates) more than twofold. Only few schemes refer directly to the Habitats Directive, SPA, Natura 2000 species. They seem to have been started only recently or are still in a developmental stage. EuMon results also indicate that PMNs tend to concentrate on collecting data on species rather than habitats.
|2006-01-23 Questionaire and database on European monitoring programs|
We are currently in the beta testing phase of an online questionaire regarding European monitoring regimes. Based on this questionaire and a database kindly provided by the European Center for Nature Conservation all coordinators of European monitoring schemes will be asked to contribute to the database to achieve the most comprehensible database in Europe on monitoring schemes.
Announcement when the questionaire and database will be online will follow shortly.
|2005-04-01 New project management and data exchange system online|
Today the EuMon project officially launched their new data exchange system. This system will enable all EuMon partners to communicate more effectively and exchange file and information in an easy, straightforward and efficient way.