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Biodiversity information system for Europe – BISE

BISE is a partnership between the European Commission (DG Environment, Joint Research Centre, Eurostat) and the European Environment Agency (EEA). It incorporates the network of the European Clearing House Mechanism. Its overall objective is to build a single point of access to data and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe.

European Environment Agency (EEA)

The EEA’s work on biodiversity covers the collection and processing of biodiversity data, the development on monitoring indicators and the carrying out of assessments designed support Europe’s and the EU biodiversity policies. Full details are available on the EEA website.

European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity

The ETC/BD is an international consortium working with the European Environment Agency under a framework partnership agreement. The main tasks of the topic centre are to assist the EEA in its task of reporting on Europe's environment by addressing state and trends of biodiversity in Europe and to provide the relevant information to support the implementation of the EU nature and biodiversity policies. It also helps to build capacity for reporting on biodiversity in Europe, mainly through the European Information and Observation Network (Eionet)

Natura 2000 viewer : interactive map and search facility

The Natura 2000 viewer is an interactive map facility that allows one to search for, and locate, any one of the ca 26,000 Natura 2000 sites present in the EU.

Environment in DG Research

The EU supports biodiversity research under it 6th and 7th EU Framework Progammes. European research is directed towards assessing and forecasting changes in biodiversity and understanding the dynamics of ecosystems, particularly marine ecosystems. This link provides access to t EU funded biodiversity research projects.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

TEEB is a major international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions moving forward.

Convention in Biological Diversity - CBD

Member States' Nature Conservation websites