Increasing the policy impact and effectiveness of biodiversity monitoring in Europe: current state and gaps.
In an effort to increase the policy impact and effectiveness of biodiversity monitoring in Europe, EuropaBON is thrilled to announce the project’s first policy brief. Supported by our IIASA team, the document provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of biodiversity monitoring and offers recommendations for improving it.
According to the brief, the current biodiversity monitoring system in Europe is fragmented, lacking in standardisation, and insufficiently resourced. This hampers efforts to accurately assess the state of biodiversity and devise effective conservation strategies. The brief argues that a more cohesive and standardised monitoring system is needed, along with greater investment in monitoring infrastructure and capacity building.
The brief also highlights the potential of new technologies, such as remote sensing and citizen science, to improve biodiversity monitoring. These tools can help to fill gaps in data collection and enhance the accuracy of monitoring efforts.
The EuropaBON project is calling for greater collaboration among stakeholders, including policymakers, scientists, and citizens, to create a more effective and sustainable biodiversity monitoring system in Europe. The brief emphasises the need for a long-term commitment to monitoring and conservation efforts, given the urgent threats facing Europe’s biodiversity.
Overall, the policy brief offers a roadmap for improving biodiversity monitoring in Europe, highlighting both the challenges and opportunities involved. With concerted effort and investment, the EuropaBON project believes that Europe can build a more robust and effective system for monitoring and conserving biodiversity, helping to ensure the survival of the continent’s unique and valuable natural heritage.
The full policy brief can be found here.