GEO BON Implementation Committee and Advisory Board meeting

July 7, 2017

From June 26th to 28th, GEO BON held the in-person meeting of its Implementation Committee and Advisory Board in Leipzig, Germany. Following the change in the structure of the network in the summer of 2016, this meeting was the occasion for the working groups, BONs, and task force leads to

Mike Gill and Henrique Pereira elected as GEO BON co-chairs

July 7, 2017

The GEO BON Secretariat is really happy to inform you that Henrique Pereira (iDiv) and Mike Gill (Polar Knowledge Canada) have been unanimously elected as co-chairs of GEO BON for a 3-year term by the Implementation Committee and Advisory Board of GEO BON, during the in-person meeting held in Leipzig

A roadmap for the mobilization of structured biodiversity data

July 2, 2017

Data sharing is becoming common practice in some scientific fields, as exemplified by massive data repositories such as GenBank and a trend to open access publishing of scientific research. GBIF and DataOne are examples of such initiatives relevant for ecology and conservation biology, yet while both are widely accepted and

EU BON session at the European GEO Workshop

July 1, 2017

How Ecosystem and Biodiversity data and knowledge can support the GEO objectives: EU BON’s session at the European GEO Workshop The 11th European GEO Workshop took place between 19-21 June 2017, in Helsinki, Finland, bringing together European stakeholders interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of

Formally ended, EU-funded FP7 EU BON continues to live through its results

July 1, 2017

Coming to an end, after 4.5 years of hard work and dedicated research, the FP7-funded project EU BON ‘European Biodiversity Observation Network’ (www.eubon.eu) leaves behind a basket of results to support the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) and assists researchers in their future studies. Among the major outcomes of the project

Symposium on the Mobilization of Structured Biodiversity Data

June 28, 2017

The plenary will be on LIVE STREAM available via the following instructions: You can view the talk with the following link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/data-mobilisation Login with your name or nick name. Please notice, required is a web browser with Flash. For more information, please see the Agenda and the Info Brochure produced

Optimized monitoring sites for detection of biodiversity trends in China

June 26, 2017

Properly designed monitoring networks can generate data to understand status and trends of biodiversity, and to assess progress towards conservation targets. However, biodiversity monitoring is often affected by poor sampling design. We proposed an approach to choosing optimized monitoring sites among large areas.

Building capacity in biodiversity monitoring at the global scale

June 23, 2017

Human-driven global change is causing ongoing declines in biodiversity worldwide. In order to address these declines, decision-makers need accurate assessments of the status of and pressures on biodiversity. However, these are heavily constrained by incomplete and uneven spatial, temporal and taxonomic coverage.

An operational definition of essential biodiversity variables

June 19, 2017

The concept of essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) was proposed in 2013 to improve harmonization of biodiversity data into meaningful metrics. EBVs were conceived as a small set of variables which collectively capture biodiversity change at multiple spatial scales and within time intervals that are of scientific and management interest. Despite

A view on biodiversity within environmental impact assessment in the Global South

June 12, 2017

The KLIMOS platform and the CEBioS programme (hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation published a study on the situation of biodiversity in environmental impact assessment in the context of development cooperation. In particular, the authors investigated how biodiversity is framed, and