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 25th of May.

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

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Confirmed Speakers and Chairs

Confirmed speakers and chairs 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

Aletta Bonn

Professor of Ecosystem Services, iDiv

Confirmed speakers and chairs 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

European Environment Agency (EEA)

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

Anne Lyche Solheim

Senior researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Program & Presentations

Program and documents from the workshop

Download Program as PDF

Download Recordings - 26th May


Wednesday, 26th May - High-level Policy Event

Welcome and Introductory Talks
(Chair: EuropaBON Project Coordinator - Henrique Pereira, iDiv/MLU)

9:00 Welcome - Henrique Pereira (iDiv)
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 Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity - Giovanni De Santi (Director, JRC.D – Sustainable Resources)
9:30 Presentation of EuropaBON - Henrique Pereira (iDiv)

Policy Needs and Targets at EU-level (Chair: Joachim Maes, JRC)

09:45 DG Agriculture - Pierre Bascou (Director, DG AGRI.DDG2.D - Sustainability and income support)
09:50 European Environment Agency - Riyong Kim (Head of the Natural Capital and Ecosystems Programme)
09:55 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 – (Chair: Anne Lyche Solheim, NIVA/ETC-ICM) [Philippe Tulkens (Acting Head of Unit, DG R&I - Climate and Planetary Boundaries) replaces John Bell, Jan-Erik Petersen (Head of Spatial Assess-ment Team, EEA) replaces Riyong Kim]

Coffee break

Policy needs and targets at the national level (Chair: Aletta Bonn, UFZ/iDiv)

11:00 Germany - Alfred Herberg (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation - Section Conserva-tion, Development and Sustainable Use of Nature, Head)
11:05 Portugal - Nuno Banza (Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, President)
11:10 Slovenia - Teo Hrvoje Orsanic (Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, Director)
11:15 Finland - Kristiina Niikkonen (Ministry of the Environment, Senior Ministerial Adviser)
11:20 - 12:00 Round table discussion: Challenges, opportunities and needs (Chair: Aletta Bonn, UFZ/iDiv) [Mário Reis (Director of Conservation & Monitoring Division, ICNF) replaces Nuno Banza]

Lunch break

Coffee break

Future opportunities and concluding remarks (Chair: Jessi Junker (iDiv/MLU)

15:15 Reinforcing pan-European biodiversity monitoring activities through synergies between the Biodiversity Partnership and EuropaBON – Xavier Le Roux (European Co-funded Partnership on Biodiversity)
15:25 Summary and outlook - W. Daniel Kissling (UvA)
15:40 Concluding remarks - Jessi Junker (EuropaBON Scientific Coordinator, iDiv/MLU)


Download Recordings - 27th May


Thursday, 27th May - Working Sessions

Introduction (Chair: Ian McCallum, IIASA)

9:00 - 9:15 User and policy needs - feedback from survey (Aletta Bonn, UFZ/FSU/iDiv)
WellSorted results
9:15 - 9:30 Linking data to policy: needs, gaps and challenges (Lluis Brotons, CREAF)

Breakout Session 1A - User and Policy Needs
(Chairs: Aletta Bonn & Hannah Moersberger, UFZ/FSU/iDiv)

~8 breakout groups with chairs working on questions related to policy, monitoring, road-blocks and change

Coffee break

Breakout Session 1B- User and Policy Needs
(Chairs: Aletta Bonn & Hannah Moersberger UFZ/FSU/iDiv)

Breakout groups continue discussion on questions from above

Coffee break

Plenary (Chair: Aletta Bonn, UFZ/FSU/iDiv)

Reporting back to plenary

Lunch break

Plenary (Chair: Lluis Brotons, CREAF)

Explain breakout groups & aims

Breakout Session 2 - Linking data to policy: schemes, gaps and challenges

Breakout groups discussing linking data to policy under the three main policy frameworks

  • Habitats Directive (Chair: Francisco Moreina, CIBIO)
  • Birds Directive (Chair: Sergi Herrando, CREAF)
  • Water Framework Directive (Chair: Pedro Beja, CIBIO)
  • Water Framework Directive (Chair: Leonard Sandin, NIVA/ETC-ICM)
  • Bioeconomy (Chair: Cesar Capinha, IGOT UL)
  • Restoration & Climate (Chair: Tom Breeze, UREAD)

Coffee break

Plenary (Chair: Alejandra Moran-Ordonez, CREAF)

  • Reporting back to plenary (Group Chairs)
  • Description of input materials for Day 3 (Maria Dornelas, USTAN)

Summary & Farewell (Henrique Pereira, EuropaBON Project Coordinator – iDiv/MLU)

Download Recordings - 28th May


Friday, 28th May - Working Sessions

Plenary EuropaBON: Mapping the European biodiversity monitoring landscape and how it can inform Eu-ropean policy (with a focus on EBVs and EESVs) (Chair: Néstor Fernández, MLU)

9:00 - 10:00: How EBVs and EESVs can inform European policy needs

Coffee break

Breakout Session 1 - Identifying and specifying EBVs and EESVs for policy needs (Chair: Néstor Fernández, MLU)

Each group discusses ideal EBVs and EESVs datasets for specific directives:

  • Habitats Directive (Chair: Helge Bruelheide, MLU)
  • Birds Directive (Chair: Lluis Brotons, CREAF)
  • Water Framework Directive (Chair: Jannicke Moe, NIVA/ETC-ICM)
  • Bioeconomy (Chair: Cesar Capinha, IGOT UL)
  • Restoration & Climate (Chair: Carlos Guerra, iDiv)
  • Cross-cutting Policy (Chair: Maria Dornelas, USTAN)

Coffee break

Plenary (Chair: Maria Dornelas, USTAN)

Reporting back to plenary by group chairs

Lunch break

Plenary (Chair: W. Daniel Kissling, UvA)

Explain breakout groups & aims (W. Daniel Kissling, UvA)

Breakout Session 2 - Towards the co-design of EuropaBON (Chair: W. Daniel Kissling, UvA)

Question: How can we co-design the future biodiversity monitoring in Europe?

  • Observations: Do we need more monitoring/observation/data? What kind? Which data? (Chair: Maria Dornelas, USTAN)
  • EO/Models: How can EO & modelling help fill gaps? (Chair: Bruno Smets, Vito)
  • Technologies: Which novel technologies (e.g., cameras and sound devices, eDNA etc.) could fill which gaps? How could those be operationalized? (Chair: Cher Chow, USTAN)
  • Data mobilization: how can data sharing be improved? Which incentives are needed? (Chair: Tom Breeze, UREAD)
  • Cross policy-integration: are there similar gaps across different policies/directives (Chair: Joachim Maes, JRC)

Coffee break

Plenary (Chair: W. Daniel Kissling, UvA)

Reporting back to plenary by group chairs

Summary & Farewell
(Henrique Pereira, EuropaBON Project coordinator – iDiv/MLU)