[Gbif-europe] CESP idea: EU reporting on Biodiversity

Dag Endresen dag.endresen at nhm.uio.no
Wed Jan 18 10:59:20 CET 2017

Hi Andre,

Your proposal touch on issues that have been on my mind as well.

In my view the landscape of EU reporting requirements have some similarities with the reporting requirements in thematic communities such as the plant genetic resources community, that might be informative here.

Each genebank institute face multiple reporting requirements to different international information systems (FAO, Genesys, EURISCO, CWR Atlas etc) - and each international information system expects different reporting formats. In addition each international information system need to spend substantial resources to integrate information from a diverse landscape of genebank institutions.

The agrobiodiversity community has already explored some pilot studies to integrate GBIF data flow pathways. See as example the report from the GBIF Agrobiodiversity task group [1] and my slides from the European genebank ICT meeting in 2014 [2]:

[1] http://www.gbif.org/resource/82283
[2] http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.10865.28006

It is a good idea to prepare a GBIF mentoring proposal where a group of (European) Nodes mentor each other based on experiences with EU reporting - and report back to the Nodes committee. GBIF Norway would be interested to join such an activity.

Best wishes

Dag Endresen, Ph.D.
Node manager, GBIF Norway

From: Gbif-europe <gbif-europe-bounces at biodiversity.be> on behalf of André Heughebaert <a.heughebaert at biodiversity.be>
Sent: 17 January 2017 12:01
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Subject: [Gbif-europe] CESP idea: EU reporting on Biodiversity

Dear European Node Managers,

I want to share my idea for a 2017 mentoring project around GBIF role in EU reporting mechanisms, current state and perspectives.

EU reporting on Biodiversity issues is often a grey zone for us as GBIF nodes are rarely directly involved in the reporting mechanisms.

The aim of this project would be to inventorize how these national reports are made (Birds/Habitats Directives, Water Framework Directive and IAS Regulation) and how GBIF nodes could potentially help and facilitate these national reports?

In a first phase, each participant will separately:

  *   Study national biodiversity reporting process
  *   Identify stakeholders and existing data flows
  *   Assess the role of GBIF Node in this process, if any
  *   Identify new potential Data Publishers

In a second phase, the project will :

  *   Compare national processes and summarize best practices
  *   Investigate how GBIF could ease EU reporting in various countries
  *   Recommend changes to GBIF tools/procedures, if needed

If you're interested by such proposal, or if you think it is worthless effort, please contact me.
To all, my very best wishes for 2017,
Ir Andre Heughebaert
Belgian Biodiversity Platform<http://www.biodiversity.be>
+32(0)2238 3796
Av. Louise 231 Louizalaan
B-1050 Brussels ORCID 0000-0002-7839-5300<http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7839-5300>
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