2022 EuropaBON Conference
in collaboration with Biodiversa+
Shaping the future European biodiversity monitoring framework
Hybrid conference, November 8th, 2022

About the conference

Shaping the future European Biodiversity Monitoring Framework


Herman Teirlinck building (Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussels)


8 November 2022
9:00 to 19:00 CET


Addressing the challenges and opportunities of integrating biodiversity monitoring information to support public and private policy and decision making in Europe

EuropaBON is partnering with Biodiversa+ for the organisation of this stakeholder conference to bring together the wider biodiversity monitoring community. This event will provide the opportunity for a range of participants from academia, policymaking, NGOs, government and the private sector to get updates, meet and exchange. In particular, all participants will have the opportunity to draft and discuss tasks and modes of implementation of a future European biodiversity monitoring centre.

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In the morning, invited talks and panel discussions will shed light on the use of biodiversity information in decision-making, related challenges as well as good practices. This will cover a range of perspectives from public policy, member states, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, and academia. The afternoon will be divided into two parallel sessions. One session will focus on shaping the future European biodiversity monitoring centre, the other will focus on private sector perspectives.

  • Shaping the future European biodiversity monitoring centre: In this session, EuropaBON will facilitate discussions on the design, tasks and modes of implementation of a future European biodiversity monitoring centre. We invite all participants to discuss these in focused group sessions, both in-person and online. At the end of 2023, EuropaBON will submit a set of proposals for a European-wide biodiversity monitoring centre to the European Commission. This stakeholder conference serves as an initial starting point to discuss these proposals and will allow consideration of participants' feedback in their further development.
  • Private sector perspectives: Facilitated by Biodiversa+, the second session focuses on the use of biodiversity monitoring data in private-sector decision-making. This session will be upon invitation only, and not open for remote participation (closed session). It will aim at discussing the needs of the private sector to use biodiversity monitoring data, exchange best practices and discuss the benefits and opportunities of a pan-European monitoring network.

EuropaBON capitalises on scientific and technological advances to design blueprints for Europe's tailor-made biodiversity monitoring strategy. Biodiversa+ is the new European Biodiversity Partnership supporting excellent research on biodiversity with an impact for society and policy, one of its key objectives being to promote and support transnational biodiversity monitoring in Europe - in close collaboration with EuropaBON. As part of this work, Biodiversa+ aims to reinforce the use of biodiversity monitoring data in decision making.

Participants attending the meeting in person are cordially invited to the cocktail reception on the evening of November 8th.

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

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Programme & Presentations

The conference is split into 2 sessions over one day.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2022

  • Welcome words by the hosts
  • Scientific framing: biodiversity monitoring in Europe (Henrique Pereira, iDiv/MLU) | Download as PDF
  • Integrate actors and refine methods: The need for a harmonized biodiversity monitoring framework in Europe (Vujadin Kovacevic, DG ENV)
  • The Finnish Ecosystem Observatory – challenges and success stories (Päivi Sirki, SYKE) | Download as PDF
  • The Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme – An NGO perspective on biodiversity monitoring (Alena Klvaňová, BirdLife) | Download as PDF
  • Private sector perspective on biodiversity monitoring (Jacob Bedford, UNEP-WCMC) | Download as PDF
  • Meeting the challenges: How EuropaBON and Biodiversa+ collaborate to design a new European biodiversity monitoring centre (Joachim Maes, DG REGIO; Hilde Eggermont, Biodiversa+) | Download as PDF
  • Roundtable discussion (Jan-Erik Petersen, EEA; Tim Hirsch, GBIF; Richard Gregory, RSBP): The need for a European biodiversity monitoring centre


  • Parallel session 1: Shaping the future European biodiversity monitoring centre.Participants will split up into small groups both in-person and online.
    • 13:00 – 14:00 Brainstorming and prioritising the technical mandate and tasks for the future European biodiversity monitoring centre.
    • 14:00 – 14:30 Discussing governance options of the biodiversity monitoring centre.
    • 14:30 – 15:00 Break
    • 15:00 – 16:00 Roles of actors, deployment and road map to 2030, building on existing networks and data flows.
    • 16:00 – 17:00 Reporting back in plenary
    • 17:00 – 17:15 Closing of the day
  • Private sector perspectives on the use of biodiversity monitoring data. This workshop is on invitation only, organised by Biodiversa+.

Social event: cocktail reception in the garden of Herman Teirlinck building.


Thursday, 12th May

Introduction to Essential Biodiversity Variables

Improving on measurement of target biodiversity metrics

  • Breakout sessions: Genetic composition, Species population and abundances, Community diversity, Trait diversity (morphology, movement, phenology), Ecosystem functioning, Ecosystem structure

Session summaries and general discussion


Friday, 13th May

Recap of keypoints from Days 1 and 2

General discussion of key points to emphasise for novel methodology implementation: practical needs, areas of concern, unaddressed gaps