JRC News

  1. 27 Mar 2008

    “The Assessment of African Protected Areas", an online information system based on the latest advances in satellite technology, monitors trends in fire, vegetation, and rainfall. It allows park managers to compare current fire activity, vegetation growth or rainfall against seasonal norms. This information will help African nations to achieve the goal of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. The assessment system is developed and managed by the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), and measures the pressure, as well as the value of a park in terms of habitat and species.

  2. 23 May 2008

    On the occasion of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability have organised a public awareness event on soil biodiverity.

  3. 15 Feb 2009

    The JRC hosts a symposium on soil biodiversity today, 15 February, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. The session presented an overview of current understanding in the field and attempt to explain the various pressures "life in our soils" is currently under, with an analysis of recent developments that have enhanced our understanding of this crucial, yet unknown ecosystem. The challenges faced by the research community in its support for the sustainable use of this critical, non-renewable natural resource will also be addressed.

  4. 23 Apr 2010

    Thanks to the success of the BioSoil Demonstration Project, JRC scientists have concluded that large scale monitoring of soil conditions and biodiversity in forests is achievable. This goes part way towards fulfilling the main aims of the project: to provide harmonised soil and biodiversity data EU-wide, to evaluate the methodology of European soil and forest biodiversity monitoring programmes, and to provide a baseline to assess future trends in the soil condition and biodiversity of forests in the EU.

  5. 23 Sep 2010

    The JRC published today, for the first time, an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity, in order to guide decision-makers in protecting this crucial resource. The biodiversity within our soils plays a vital role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycle. The atlas brings to the public view the whole range of life in the soil and the crucial role it plays in maintaining other ecosystems. It also highlights areas within Europe where soil biodiversity is most at risk of decline relative to the current situation. The publication provides a comprehensive source of information for researchers, policy makers and teachers.

  6. 18 Feb 2011

    The JRC has developed a digital observatory to monitor protected areas, which are set up to counteract biodiversity loss. In October 2010, the United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity conference of the parties in Nagoya set stringent new targets to be reached by 2020. At least 17% of terrestrial and inland water and 10% of coastal and marine areas have to be protected. In support to these initiatives, the JRC and its partners have developed a Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA), an information system aiming to provide accurate maps, environment indicators and alerts on protected ecosystems. It is facilitating the preservation of life diversity in the planet's marine and terrestrial protected areas.

  7. 13 Jul 2011

    In its proposals for a major reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the European Commission on Wednesday 13 July set out a radical approach to fisheries management in Europe, based on scientific advice. The JRC will further strengthen its role as science provider and continue to assist the Commission on fisheries science and economics, as well as manage an electronic platform sharing Member States fisheries data.

  8. 23 Sep 2011

    For the first time, the JRC exhibited at Ireland's largest agricultural fair, the National Ploughing Championships, held from 20 to 22 September in Dublin. With over 1,000 exhibitors and an attendance of estimated 200,000 participants, this event covered a spectrum of agri-related activities from forestry and renewable energy to animal husbandry and food/feed safety.

  9. 5 Mar 2012

    Low level deforestation and efforts to protect land and habitat have made the Congo basin forest – the world’s second largest - a possible role model for the preservation of other tropical forest regions. The findings were published in a report co-authored by the JRC and launched at the Annual meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) on 1st March 2012 in Douala, Cameroon.

  10. 10 Jan 2013

    According to a JRC co-authored article published today in Nature Scientific Reports, the shark and ray communities in the Adriatic Sea have been highly depleted in recent years, with fishing being a key driver of the decline.