BID-REX Interregional thematic workshop - MATCHING INFORMATION TO NEEDS
Creating adequate policies to protect natural areas and biodiversity requires the adequate mobilisation of consistent, relevant and structured biodiversity information aimed at guiding decision-making. BID-REX aims to enhance natural value preservation through improved regional development policies by creating/reinforcing the link between relevant biodiversity data and conservation decision-making processes. More specifically, it aims to facilitate the use of biodiversity information and increase the impact of ERDF allocation in the preservation of the European natural heritage by providing decision-making processes with appropriate biodiversity information.
We need the best available evidence with which to answer a set of specific questions:
- evaluating policies and the fulfilment of goals established in strategic documents and regulations.
- understanding of the links between biodiversity (species/habitats) and the condition of the ecosystem (vitality, resilience and productivity) and between the condition of the ecosystem and its capacity to deliver ecosystem services.
- understanding past and potential future change in a key thematic or sectoral field.
At the interregional seminar in Wallonia in February, we addressed the subject of information needs for decision-making and identified the strengths and weaknesses in this area.
This second workshop will focus on analysing how information can help to satisfy the needs identified and whether the information we currently generate meets those needs or not. We will start from the basis of weaknesses and strengths and proposals for improvement identified in the first workshop.
Key stakeholder representatives will exchange experiences and views of how biodiversity and environmental information is generated in different contexts ranging from citizen science platforms to research environments. How information is collected, maintained and validated will be explored and successful experiences documented and structured to serve as a basis for new developments in other regions.
The workshop will develop around three subjects:
- The information we have, is it fit-for-use based on our requirements?
- Information needed to respond to the obligations contained in the regulations, strategic documents and policies
- Innovation opportunities: new tools for the capture and understanding of the information
On the first day (June 14th) the best practices and needs identified as priorities in each region will be presented to all attendees. On the second day (June 15th) debates will take place on all three subjects simultaneously; that is, each participant must choose which discussion group (1, 2 or 3) wants to attend.The presentations on the 14th will serve to focus the discussions on the 15th and can be of two types:
- Good practices: A good practice is a process or methodology that has been shown to work well, succeeds in achieving its objective(s), and therefore can be recommended as a model. An explanation of the greatest difficulties experienced in putting them into practice and how these have been overcome is highly recommended.
- Needs: It is about exposing what you want to do and you do not know how or putting questions on the table for further discussion.
10:00-10:15 The BID-REX project: where we are. Gerard Bota. Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
PRESENTATIONS OF GOOD PRACTICES AND NEEDS
11:15-13:00 BLOCK 1: The information we have, is it fit-for-use based on our requirements?
- Using different types of data for creating protected area conservational priorities. Karin Gabrovšek, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (PDF, 3 MB)
- Cartography of habitats in Catalonia at different scales: a useful tool for making decisions in nature conservation. Current status and future perspectives. Estela Illa (Grup de Geobotànica i Cartografia de la Vegetació, Universitat de Barcelona) (PDF, 6 MB)
- From biodiversity data to biodiversity audit: metodology from UK implemented in Slovenia. Nataša Mori, National Institute of Biology. (PDF, 6 MB)
- Compilation of existing information on herpetofauna and entomofauna in the Basque Country. Alberto de Castro. Aranzadi Sicence Society (PDF, 1 MB)
- Good data?...so what? Another challenge: structuring database. Annick Terneus and Luc Derochette. Service publique de Wallonie (PDF, 2 MB)
14:00-15:00 BLOCK 2: Information needed to respond to the obligations contained in the regulations, strategic documents and policies
- SISEBIO. Global Monitoring Program of Biodiversity in Catalonia. Pau Sainz de la Maza Marsal. Government of Catalonia (PDF, 1 MB)
- Matching information to needs – on the challenges of fitting "square pegs into round holes". Corinne Martin, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (PDF, 1 MB)
- Evaluation of the Habitats of European Interest and reporting under the art.17 of the Habitats Directive in the Basque Country. Iñaki Aizpuru. IHOBE. Basque Government (PDF, 7 MB)
- Monitoring of agroenvironmental scheme in Wallonia : data management and sharing. Julien Piqueray, Natagriwal asbl (PDF, 1 MB)
15:00-16:30 BLOCK 3: Innovation opportunities: new tools for the capture and understanding of the information
- Citizen science and decisions making in the Basque Country. The ornitho.eus project. Juan Arizaga, Aranzadi Sciences Society (PDF, 873 KB)
- Valuing biodiversity spatial data in Catalonia: from raw data to decisions. Dani Villero, Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (PDF, 3 MB)
- The Biodiversity Approach: evidence based conservation management of N2K. Paul Dolman UEA (PDF, 3 MB)
- EFAs as a new integrated tool to support biodiversity. Zoltan Karacsonyi. Centre for Environmental Management and Policy University of Debrecen (PDF, 307 KB)
- Collection of databases for the creation of a tool for conservation of biodiversity. Lorenzo Federiconi. Marche Region (PDF, 3 MB)
BLOCK 1: The information we need
BLOCK 2: Data and information - Access and identification
BLOCK 3: New sources of raw data
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
BLOCK 1: Driving forces - new processes
BLOCK 2: How to value the information
BLOCK 3: Predictive and interpretive and data processing tools
BLOCK 1: Decision making
BLOCK 2: Evaluation and impact
BLOCK 3: Potential application in decision making
15:30-16:30 Conclusions (PDF, 3 MB)
16:30-17:00 Closing. Hungary