EuMon stands for EU-wide monitoring methods and
systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest. EuMon
focused on four major aspects important for biodiversity monitoring: the
involvement of volunteers, coverage and characteristics of monitoring schemes,
monitoring methods, and the setting of monitoring and conservation priorities.
It further developed tools to support biodiversity monitoring.
Most monitoring schemes rely on volunteers, and the relationship between amateurs
and professionals is particularly important for implementing a successful
monitoring regime. EuMon showed that monitoring schemes based on volunteers do
perform equally well or even better than professional schemes in most
indicators of scientific quality and reliability. Key principles for the
successful volunteer involvement can be found elsewhere on this portal.
and characteristics of biodiversity monitoring: EuMon
developed a comprehensive database (DaEuMon) on European biodiversity monitoring
schemes. The database contains metadata that characterise monitoring schemes
and provides contact addresses. DaEuMon will be maintained and expanded
continuously and is
an integral part of BioMAT - the EuMon integrated Biodiversity Monitoring and
Assessment Tool. BioMAT’s module 1 allows extraction of this information and its
presentation in tabular or graphical form.
methods. EuMon evaluated existing monitoring methods for the
design of monitoring schemes, for the analysis of monitoring data, and for the
integration of collected information across schemes. Based on these
evaluations, EuMon developed a primer for biodiversity monitoring that
summarizes the most important recommendations and also compiled extended
guidelines. Recommended monitoring schemes provide the basis for modules 2 and
3 of BioMAT.
responsibilities and networks of protected areas: EuMon has
compiled methods to develop an efficient network of protected areas and has
analysed gaps and biases in the NATURA 2000 network. EuMon has also developed
methods to evaluate the national responsibility of EU Member states for the
conservation of species and habitats. National responsibility is a measure of
the importance of the assessed region (usually a country) for the global
survival of a species respectively habitat type.
support tools: EuMon developed three internet based support
tools: BioMAT - the EuMon integrated
Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment Tool, the database on European biodiversity monitoring schemes
(DaEuMon), and the PMN database that contains information on organisations that
carry out volunteer based biodiversity monitoring. In addition, EuMon developed
key principles for biodiversity monitoring and for determining national
responsibilities. The comprehensive results of EuMon are also available on this
The EuMon consortium
combines the expertise of 16 partners from 11 countries. More information on
EuMon and its results can be found on this portal if you go to EuMon-home.