Between 17 to 19 November 2021, EuropaBON held the first project-organized workshop to demonstrate the operationalization of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and Essential Ecosystem Service Variables (EESVs) for policy through so-called showcases, which are examples that show how EuropaBON could contribute to various major environmental policies of the EU.
The workshop took the form of a hybrid event, where more than 30 people participated online and around 30 more gathered physically at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig, Germany. The three-day event, which was led by the project coordinator Prof. Henrique Pereira and the leader of WP5, Dr. Néstor Fernández, gathered both EuropaBON partners, as well as external members.
The main purpose of the workshop was to bring together researchers involved in the EuropaBON showcases with stakeholders including scientists, data providers and end users of the data products to be developed. Moreover, the event ceased to provide guidance as to how best to produce the EBVs/EESVs for each of the policy showcases. More specifically, the meeting focused on designing workflows from biodiversity observations to biodiversity models and EBVs/EESVs, to supporting policy decisions.
After three days of insightful presentations and discussions, the first EuropaBON showcase workshop was deemed a great success, as it allowed all of the participants to discuss new EBVs and EESVs from various European Directives and biodiversity indicators across these directives for further biodiversity monitoring. Since several partners and some of the invited stakeholders attended this event in-person, this also for the first time provided opportunities for exchanging thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and more personal setting.