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LIFE Euro Bird Portal - Combining and improving online bird portals data to display near-real-time spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution across Europe

LIFE15 PRE/ES/000002


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Contact details:

Project Manager: Nicolas TITEUX
Tel: (+34) 973 48 17 52 - Ext 293
Fax: (+34) 973 48 13 92
Email: nicolas.titeux@ctfc.es



Project description:

Background

All over Europe, ordinary citizens, especially bird watchers, are increasingly contributing to the provision of up-to-date, reliable and policy-relevant data on nature and biodiversity. The vast amount of data collected through the existing online bird portals offers great potential for understanding the temporal and spatial distribution of birds across large areas. Aggregating the existing datasets at EU level in an effective and policy-relevant way is highly desirable and would be of high added value for EU biodiversity policy (in particular Habitat and Bird Directives), but several challenges must be overcome.

A prototype EuroBirdPortal (EBP) was recently developed. It is a common data repository with a demonstration viewer that allows species-specific animated maps of bird migration over Europe to be displayed for the first time. It holds data from each of the existing online bird systems in Europe, but further improvements and adjustments are needed to increase the value, reliability and relevance of this tool throughout the entire EU.


Objectives

The aim of this project is to develop the existing EuroBirdPortal (EBP) demo viewer into a full-fledged web portal displaying reliable Europe-wide patterns of bird distribution in near real time.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Create a new EBP data sharing standard, database repository and data-flow system capable of managing automatically and in near-real-time all data interchange processes between the local online portals and the central databank;
  • Adapt and improve the current EBP demo viewer and the spatial bird distribution models in order to reliably display detailed and up-to-date Europe-wide spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution in near real time;
  • Increase the geographical coverage of the EBP project to include most of the European Union (more than 90% of its territory); and
  • Improve the quality and relevance of the data collected.
  • A complementary objective is to promote ‘citizen science data collection’ on an EU-wide scale; this project is expected to provide a best practice example for compiling and displaying citizen science information on a European level.

    Expected results:

  • The data flow of 12 online systems or, at least, the equivalent to more than 80% of all data collected by EBP partners are automatically connected to the new database repository using the new data sharing standard;
  • The EBP viewer depicts the whole geographic area covered by the project, and includes 100 bird species and ‘average’ maps;
  • The EBP viewer content is updated at weekly intervals and incorporates the new spatiotemporal models of bird distribution;
  • The area covered by the EBP project includes at least 90% of the EU territory;
  • Two reference documents – one on best practices and one on portals quality indicators and benchmarks – are produced;
  • The actions directed to improve data quality and relevance produce an overall significant increase in the percentage of observations submitted to the central database included in complete lists (>10%) and a reduction of 20% of the areas identified as ‘poorly surveyed’; and
  • At least two trials combining EBP data with other sources of bird movement and connectivity information are conducted.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species - Birds


Keywords

migratory species


Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya
Type of organisation Research institution
Description The Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) is a conservation research centre supported by the government of Catalonia. It focuses on monitoring, redesigning and evaluating public policies on the natural environment. It works partly at regional level, but has developed a large set of international activities at EU level in the field of ecological modelling and conservation, particularly regarding the Birds Directive.

Its biodiversity department consists of 23 professionals working on predictive modelling approaches under global change scenarios and on the science-policy interface. They are currently designing the Biodiversity Monitoring System of Catalonia, and its head, Dr Lluís Brotons, is a Spanish representative in the IPBES process, acting as a link between EU and other areas of the world in several working groups.

CTFC has a long proven track record of collaborating with conservation NGOs such as WWF, Birdlife, IUCN at national, Mediterranean and EU level. It has also been a board member of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) for over 10 years. Moreover, the CTFC has worked closely with the Catalan Ornithological Institute (ICO) on the development of the EuroBirdPortal project.

Partners Directorate-General of Telecommunications and Information Society of the Government of Catalonia (co-financer), Spain Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland British Trust for Ornithology, United Kingdom Natagora, Belgium Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, The Netherlands Catalan Ornithological Institute, Spain

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Project reference LIFE15 PRE/ES/000002
Duration 01-JAN-2016 to 31-DEC -2018
Total budget 510,557.00 €
EU contribution 306,344.00 €
Project location Burgenland(Österreich) Niederösterreich(Österreich) Wien(Österreich) Kärnten(Österreich) Steiermark(Österreich) Oberösterreich(Österreich) Salzburg(Österreich) Tirol(Österreich) Vorarlberg(Österreich) Région Wallonne(België - Belgique) Associated Bulgaria (BG)(Bulgaria Balgarija) Severozapaden(Bulgaria Balgarija) Severen tsentralen(Bulgaria Balgarija) Severoiztochen(Bulgaria Balgarija) Yugoiztochen(Bulgaria Balgarija) Yugozapaden(Bulgaria Balgarija) Yuzhen tsentralen(Bulgaria Balgarija) Kontinentalna Hrvatska(Croatia Hrvatska) Mediterr. Croatia (CRO)(Croatia Hrvatska) Kypros / Kibris(Cyprus) Extra-Regio(Cyprus) Mediterr. 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