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

Liam Lysaght llysaght at biodiversityireland.ie
Thu Jan 19 17:32:27 CET 2017

Dear Andre and colleagues,
I think your idea for 2017 has great merit. There must surely be greater opportunities for the Nodes of EU countries to contribute to EU reporting. My only observation is, I wonder might an inventory of the three policy instruments you mention (Birds/Habitats Directive, Water Framework Directive and IAS Regulations) be too big a task (initially at least)?
Also, because there has already been reporting cycles for the the Birds/Habitats Directive and Water Framework Directives, reporting process are probably well established within existing statutory bodied.  However, as the IAS Regulation is a new instrument, the reporting processes are still being worked on in each Member State, and this includes links with GBIF, I wonder would it be sufficient and/or productive to only carry out the inventory for how the IAS Regulations are reported upon? This might result in real and immediate opportunities for improvimg reporting roles for the Nodes.

Just a thought.

Very best wishes,

From: Gbif-europe [mailto:gbif-europe-bounces at biodiversity.be] On Behalf Of André Heughebaert
Sent: Tuesday 17 January 2017 11:02
To: gbif-europe at biodiversity.be
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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