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
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1. Name of Organisation:
AmBioDiv - Valor Natural
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
R. Filipe da Mata, 10, 1F 1600 - 071 Lisboa Portugal
2a. Country:  
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Mostly the southern continental area
A country Portugal 
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
Habitats All habitats listed in the Habitats Directive existent in Portugal (excluding the Azores and Madeira islands)
Other Agricultural areas and Eucalyptus production forests.
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
AmBioDiv – Valor Natural (=Natural Value) is a Biodiversity Management consultancy SME. The aim of AmBioDiv Ltd is to develop projects/tools in order to accomplish Nature Conservancy, Ecological Engineering, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development goals. Our mission is to promote the importance of the environmental matters and to create business alternatives regarding Biodiversity valuation in socio-economic activities such as agriculture, forestry, industry, tourism, mining and extraction, renewable energy, land use planning, marketing and communication. Our focus is the development of corporate strategies based on the ‘Business and Biodiversity’ management philosophy (e.g., by using the ‘Countdown 2010 initiative’ to anchor the corporate values); implementation of Conservation Action Plans (e.g., developing KPI/CFP management models to evaluate impacts on Red List species and protected habitats); the use of Bioindicators in environmental management, (e.g., assess the impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems), Ecosystem Restoration (e.g., designing natural alternatives fot wastewater treatment), Valuation of Ecosystem Services (e.g., developing management models in rural properties for evaluating carbon and water offsets) and Reporting Environmental and Conservation Good Practices (e.g., developing communication instruments to add market and stakeholder value on agricultural, forestry, sports and tourism commodities and services).
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
Less than 2 years
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)
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?
Less than 2 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
21. If no, please explain why
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
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
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.)
Less than 25%
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Additional comments:
AmBioDiv was founded in 2005 by 3 conservation biologists, and has currently a base team of 7 people, including not only biologists but also engineers and land planners. The main clients are Portucel (the largest pulp and paper industry in Portugal – about to join Countdown 2010), Vitacress - Iberian Salads (a LEAF UK certified operation), Delta Cafés (one of Europe’s biggest coffee retailers and producers – about to join Countdown 2010), Herdade do Freixo do Meio (3rd largest producer of organic meat and vegetables in Portugal – Joined the Countdown 2010 in April), Nisa County (60% of the area is Natura 2000 – about to join Countdown 2010), Agency Cascais Natura (Managers of the natural area of the Cascais County), among others. We strongly believe that we can promote Biodiversity monitoring among private entities, thus colaborating actively for the European goals of Biodiversity conservation. As a private entity, we do not work with volunteers, nevertheless, we are very motivated to participate in european initiatives such as EuMoon. Currently we do not have published reports with indicators and trends, but we expect to publish that data by 2008.

 Contract number: 006463