JRC News

  1. 22 Apr 2015

    The Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April since 1970, is marked around the globe with initiatives and events on environmental protection. This week the JRC presents its work on soil, which is critical to life on Earth.

  2. 9 Apr 2015

    DOPA Explorer 1.0 is the JRC's latest web-based interface which provides a simple way to explore nearly 16 000 of the world's protected areas.

  3. 4 Mar 2015

    JRC experts co-authored and contributed extensively to the European soil thematic briefing of the European Environment State and Outlook 2015 Report (SOER 2015).

  4. 5 Dec 2014

    Today, 5 December, is World Soil Day, which celebrates the importance of soil as a vital contributor to ecosystems' functioning, food, water and energy security, and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. World Soil Day aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness of their importance in our lives.

  5. 7 Oct 2014

    The JRC has set up the MSFD Competence Centre (MCC) to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In achieving this aim, the MSFD seeks to protect the fragile balance of marine ecosystems, upon which many economic and social activities such as fishing or tourism depend.

  6. 22 May 2014

    The International Day for Biological Diversity, held annually on 22 May, was designed by the United Nations (UN) to promote better understanding of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity, defined as variability among the living organisms on our planet and the ecological complexes of which they are part, is also an important research field for the JRC: a recent JRC co-authored report provides working guidance to EU Member States on how to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services.

  7. 18 Apr 2014

    The JRC released a guidance document for the monitoring of marine litter in European seas. It provides the Member States with recommendations and information in order to support establishing monitoring programmes, a milestone in the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Through the Directive, EU Member States committed themselves to the development of strategies to achieve good environmental status of European seas.

  8. 17 Dec 2013

    The JRC developed a modelling platform to estimate organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils and presented its outcome in the Global Change Biology journal. The platform could serve as a tool to carry out scenario analyses for developing and monitoring European climate change effects and agricultural policies.

  9. 14 Oct 2013

    A recent article by JRC scientists published in the journal Land has mapped and assessed the pollination potential for food crops at European scale. This helps estimate the contribution of wild pollinator insects to crop production and identify landscape areas in Europe with a deficit in potential pollination. Assessing large-scale patterns of the availability of pollination services and identifying potential mismatches with the demand of agricultural crops could be used in EU and national agricultural and biodiversity policies.

  10. 2 Oct 2013

    A JRC co-authored report outlining a framework for better understanding of the world's biodiversity was released today. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook (GBIO) report, compiled by 17 international contributing authors, describes a framework for using the latest communication technologies to share information on biodiversity on a global scale.