June 05, 2010
New Biodiversity Protection tools
The opening session of the annual Green Week conference in Brussels saw the unveiling of two new weapons to step up the fight against biodiversity loss: a ''baseline'' to measure progress and failures and a Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE). The European Environment Agency (EEA) and European Commission have developed these tools as part of the International Year of Biodiversity.
One of the principal reasons cited for Europe's failure to halt biodiversity loss by a 2010 target date has been the persistence of gaps in available knowledge. The new baseline tool is intended to solve that problem by providing policymakers with a comprehensive snapshot of the state of play across the Union. Its framework should allow for robust linkages to be made between different forms of validated data on species numbers, habitats status and ecosystem services. Species and habitats information will be organised into main ecosystem types (coastal, wetlands, grasslands, forests etc.) and updated annually.
BISE will provide a centralised online platform designed to facilitate access to existing information about nature and biodiversity, presenting data in a far more comprehensive manner than before. As well as information about EU policy and legislation in the area of nature, it provides a wealth of material about the state of the EU environment and ecosystems and the threats they face, ongoing research in biodiversity, and access the state of biodiversity reporting in Member States in order to encourage greater levels of cooperation.
Posted by iroronan at June 5, 2010 05:32 PM
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