1st EuropaBON
Stakeholder Workshop
Biodiversity Data User, Provider & Policy Needs
May 26-28 2021, 100% VIRTUAL
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About the workshop

Stakeholder Workshop on User and Policy Needs of the European Biodiversity Observation Network




Wednesday to Friday
May 26-28, 2021


Develop a common roadmap for biodiversity monitoring in the EU

The meeting will commence on May 26th with a high-level policy event in the morning with speakers from the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, EuroStat, the Joint Research Council and National representatives. The afternoon sessions will delve into biodiversity data users and providers needs, challenges and solutions with keynote talks and discussions. May 27th and 28th will dive more deeply into the topic with working sessions on mapping the biodiversity monitoring landscape and creating a roadmap for biodiversity monitoring.

A particular focus of the event is to align with the needs of European policy and key strategic objectives, including the European Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, BiodivERsA, the Horizon 2020 and the Horizon Europe work programmes. The H2020 EuropaBON project aims to engage stakeholders at the regional, national and European level to identify the data needs of policies and targets aligned with the aforementioned new European Green Deal. Recognising that there is a critical need for European biodiversity monitoring schemes to be standardized, more effective, less costly and better integrated into European biodiversity policies, EuropaBON will investigate the feasibility of setting up a Biodiversity Monitoring Coordination Centre in Europe.

The deadline for registration has been extended to the 21th of May.

For more information on EuropaBON or the workshop, please contact info@europabon.org

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Deadline: 21/5/2021

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed speakers of the morning of the high-level policy event

John Bell

Director, DG RTD.C - Healthy Planet

Humberto Delgado Rosa

Director, DG ENV.D - Natural Capital

Henrique Pereira

Professor in Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv

Joachim Maes


Giovanni De Santi

Director, JRC.D - Sustainable Resources

Pierre Bascou

Director, DG AGRI.DDG2.D - Sustainability and income support

Riyong Kim

Head, EEA - Natural Capital and Ecosystems Programme

Joachim d’Eugenio

Senior expert, DG ENV.C - Quality of Life

Anton Steurer

Head, Eurostat E2 – Environment statistics and accounts; sustainable development

Hrvoje Teo Orsanic

Director, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation

Nuno Banza

President, Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests

Confirmed speakers of the afternoon of the high-level policy event

Alejandra Moran-Ordonez

Research Fellow, CREAF

Lluis Brotons

Associate Researcher, InForest JRU (CTFC-CREAF)

Mark Eaton

Chairman/Principal Conservation Scientist, RSPB (BirdLife/EBCC)

Helen Roy

Ecologist, UKCEH

Chris van Swaay

Senior project manager, DBC

Carlos Romao

EEA - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity

Maria Dornelas

Researcher, USTAN

Anna Staneva

Senior European Species Conservation Officer, BirdLife

Tim Hirsch

Deputy Director and Head of Participation (GBIF)

Marc Paganini

Technical Officer, European Space Agency (ESA)

Stephan Hennekens

Researcher, Wageningen University (WUR)

Adriaan Dokter

Research Associate, Cornell lab of Ornithology

Andrew Farnsworth

Senior Research Associate, Cornell lab of Ornithology

Hilde Eggermont

BiodivErsA Vice Chair/Biodiversity Partnership Chair

Xavier Le Roux

BiodivERsA Chair/Biodiversity Partnership Vice Chair

W. Daniel Kissling

Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Néstor Fernández

Researcher, iDiv/MLU

Workshop Program

Program published by the EuropaBON secretariat

Download Program as PDF (coming soon)


Wednesday, 26th May - High-level Policy Event

Opening and Welcome

9:00 Housekeeping
9:05 DG Research - John Bell (Director DG RTD.C - Healthy Planet)
9:15 DG Environment - Humberto Delgado Rosa (Director DG ENV.D - Natural Capital)
9:25 EuropaBON - Henrique Pereira (MLU/iDiv) & Joachim Maes (European Commission, DG JRC)
9:40 Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity - Giovanni De Santi (Director, JRC.D – Sustainable Resources)

Policy Needs and Targets at EU-level

9:45 DG Agriculture - Pierre Bascou (Director DG AGRI.DDG2.D - Sustainability and income support)
9:50 European Environment Agency - Riyong Kim (Head of the Natural Capital and Ecosystems Programme)
9:55 DG Environment - Joachim d’Eugenio (Senior expert, DG ENV.C - Quality of Life)
10:00 Eurostat - Anton Steurer (Head of Unit, Eurostat E2 – Environment statistics and accounts; sustainable development)
10:05 - 10:45 Round table discussion: linking to the European Green Deal - Chairs: Aletta Bonn (UFZ/iDiv) / Piero Visconti (IIASA)

Coffee break

Policy needs and targets at the national level

11:00 Germany (speaker tbc)
11:05 Portugal - Nuno Banza, Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, President
11:10 Slovenia - Hrjove Orsänic, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation
11:15 Bulgaria - Bulgaria (speaker tbc)
11:20 - 12:00 Round table discussion: Challenges, opportunities and needs - Chairs: Aletta Bonn (UFZ/iDiv) / Steffen Fritz (IIASA)

Lunch break

EuropaBON: Assessment of biodiversity data provision

13:00 Introduction to Session: Lluis Brotons & Alejandra Moran-Ordonez (CREAF)
13:05 Biodiversity data in Europe - a data provider view (Mark Eaton BirdLife/EBCC)
13:15 Freshwater, Marine & Coastal Data – EEA or ETC-ICM (speaker tbc)
13:25 Distribution of Alien Species - Mapping via Citizen Science - Helen Roy (CEH)
13:35 Butterflies Conservation Europe - Chris van Swaay (Butterflies Conservation Europe)
13:45 Plants & Habitats data in Europe - Carlos Romao (EEA)
13:55 Discussion & Mapping of opportunities and challenges (Chairs: Lluis Brotons & Alejandra Moran-Ordonez, CREAF)

Coffee break

EuropaBON: Essential Biodiversity workflows in support of policy

14:30 Introduction to Session - Maria Dornelas (USTAN), W. Daniel Kissling (UvA) and Néstor Fernández (MLU/iDiv)
14:35 EU Bird Monitoring - bird data flow from collection to policy - Anna Staneva (BirdLife)
14:45 Global Biodiversity Information Facility GBIF - Tim Hirsch
14:55 Novel monitoring technology - Marc Paganini (European Space Agency)
15:05 Workflows from habitat monitoring to policy advice - opportunities, gaps and challenges - Stephan Hennekens, WUR
15:15 Continental system for forecasting bird migration - Adriaan Dokteror Andrew Farnsworth (tbc)
15:25 Co-designing Essential Biodiversity Variable (EBV) workflows - Maria Dornelas (USTAN), W. Daniel Kissling (UvA) or Néstor Fernández (MLU/iDiv)

Concluding remarks and future opportunities

15:35 Towards implementation of EuropaBON with the Biodiversity Partnership – Hilde Eggermont/Xavier Le Roux, European Co-funded Partnership on Biodiversity
15:45 Summary and Outlook (Chairs: WP4/WP5)
15:55 Concluding remarks - Jessi Junker, EuropaBON scientific coordinator



Thursday, 27th May - Working Sessions: WP2 and WP3

EuropaBON: Policy needs, stakeholder engagement and biodiversity data assessment

9:00 - 9:20 WP2 Introduction: Policy needs and stakeholder engagement (Aletta Bonn, UFZ/FSU/iDiv)
9:20 - 9:40 WP3 Introduction: Assessment of key biodiversity data provision (CREAF)
9:40 - 10:00 Reporting back on homework assignments

  • What are important policy needs and drivers that will influence or change the use and delivery of biodiversity monitoring over the next five to ten years?
  • What data flows are needed now and in the future to fulfill policy goals?

Coffee break

Breakout Session 1: Visions for EuropaBON – impact, obstacles and key policy questions

Coffee break

Breakout Session 2: Breakout by policies and respective data ‘wishlist’

Lunch break

Reporting back & discussing

Summary & Close


Friday, 28th May - Working Sessions: WP4 and WP5

9:00 - 13:00 EuropaBON: Mapping the European biodiversity monitoring landscape and how it can inform European policy (with a focus on EBVs and EESVs) via showcases

9:00 - 9:15 WP4 Introduction: Co-design for the future monitoring of biodiversity (W. Daniel Kissling, UvA)
9:15 - 9:30 WP5 Introduction: Showcasing Essential Biodiversity Variables for European policy assessments (Néstor Fernández, MLU/iDiv)
9:30 - 11:00 Interactive break-out session 1

Coffee break

Interactive break-out session 2

Summary & Close