EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin -Oberste Naturschutzbehörde-
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
Am Köllnischen Park 3 10179 Berlin
2a. Country:  
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Berlin (land in Germany)
A country  
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
for example specialized groups within the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU)
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
14b. Internet address of report(s):
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 0 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 0 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 0 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
6-10 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
species-monitoring of butterflies, spiders, birds, plants, etc. Monitoring of the condition of nature-reserves mapping and characterizing of old trees mapping of neophytic species within nature reserves
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
21. If no, please explain why
1. There is not enough capacity to attend and guide volunteers and to work out scientific results in relation to the big effort that is put into the investigations. 2. There are problems with assurance, expenses and necessary material. 3. Rivalry to professional work (paid experts).
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
There are different motivations in different groups : interest and engagement in nature and environmental questions (private people, pupils) social engagement duty to make a practical training (students) attempt to further qualify in nature conservation (students, people looking for a job)
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
no recruiting
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
introduction into specific field of interest, provision of maps and scientific background (articles, scientific results), guided tour in the field
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
depends on the specific problem/task
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Additional comments:
This questionaire does not really fit for official authorities. We use a very wide range of collecting data and information, volunteers are just a small part of it. A definition of "volunteers" is missing, so very different groups of people can be taken in. Also, monitoring is a very wide field, ranging von simply stating "I have seen ... , to making a one-day-mapping in the field, to regularly watching, to watching, stating and comparing over years. It would be helpful to use clear definitions.

 Contract number: 006463