EuropaBON is a new coordination and support action project that aims at developing a transnational system for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe. It is being coordinated by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.
The results of the project will inform the political decisions of the European Commission and other decision-makers. The EU is providing three million euros in funding for the project. A virtual kick-off meeting of the project partners took place from 1 – 3 December.
This is a project led by a long term collaborator, Professor Henrique Pereira, a researcher at MLU and iDiv, and we are very proud to be one of the 14 partners of such an ambitious endeavor.
By the end of the project, various options for a European network will have been established for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystems. Using concrete case studies, the team will examine the feasibility of the concepts – from data acquisition and management to reporting to the European Commission. In the future, the system should also make it possible to retrospectively assess the effect of individual nature conservation and restoration measures.
More information about this project on its website.