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  1. Water biodiversity

    Freshwater ecosystems are among the most degraded and threatened ecosystems at the global scale. Given the likelihood that demand for available water resources in Europe and worldwide will increase in the future, water ecosystem services need to be protec ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Sustainable management of natural resources in ACP countries

    According to the United Nations, at least 17% of the Earth’s surface waters and 10% of coastal and marine areas should be protected. The current 13 000 protected areas are insufficient to ensure the survival of the Earth’s biodiversity. EU development pol ...

    02 September 2015

  3. Agricultural biodiversity

    Agricultural land covers almost half of Europe’s territory. Technological development, mechanisation, agro-chemicals and genetic research have led to structural modifications in farming practices and put pressure on the environment, leading to soil deplet ...

    04 April 2016

  4. Ecosystems and biodiversity

    As biodiversity is coming under serious pressure, with around one in four species currently threatened with extinction, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious EU Biodiversity Strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in th ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Crop yield forecasting

    Crop yield forecasts and crop production estimates are necessary at EU and Member State level to provide the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) decision makers with timely information for rapid decision-making during the growing season. Estimates of cr ...

    25 February 2016

  6. The nursery function in ecosystem services and biodiversity

    29 Apr 2016 A recently published JRC paper examines the conceptual, biophysical and economic interpretations of the role of nursery habitats in the ecosystem services literature. It concludes that the nursery function should be considered as an ecosystem ...

    29 April 2016

  7. State of the World’s Plants Symposium 

    11 May 2016 to 12 May 2016 The State of the World’s Plants Symposium will accompany the launch of a ground-breaking new report highlighting the global status of plants, to be released on 10 May 2016. An annual review of the major issues affecting plant di ...

    04 April 2016

  8. An integrated EU policy for the Arctic adopted

    27 Apr 2016 The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region. The European Union will step up its existi ...

    27 April 2016

  9. A new indicator maps and quantifies invasive alien species in the Mediterranean

    22 Apr 2016 A newly developed index identifies areas of the Mediterranean Sea which are most affected by non-native, invasive alien species introduced through the Suez Canal, by aquaculture or through shipping. The top invaders appear to be algae, accordi ...

    22 April 2016

  10. US-IALE Annual meeting

    02 Apr 2016 to 07 Apr 2016 The United States- International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) 2016 Annual Meeting, organised by the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center and the Southern Research Station of the USDA Forest Servic ...

    11 March 2016

  11. US-EPA Training course

    01 Apr 2016 IES scientist Peter Vogt has been invited  to conduct a full-day workshop on JRC image analysis software GuidosToolbox and discuss further application of related JRC image analysis products into EnviroAtlas products of the United States Enviro ...

    11 March 2016

  12. GuidosToolbox: Analysis of Pattern, Connectivity, Fragmentation, Cost, and More

    31 Mar 2016 The Geospatial Forum brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and students of the geospatial sciences in an exciting, weekly series of lively presentations and facilitated discussions of frontiers in geospatial analytics for solu ...

    11 March 2016

  13. IUCN World Conservation Congress

    01 Sep 2016 to 10 Sep 2016 Held once every four years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, b ...

    11 March 2016

  14. JRC and IPBES, success and missed opportunities

    04 Mar 2016 The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its first deliverable, the Summary for policymakers of its Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, at its fourth ...

    04 March 2016

  15. When human needs meet beetle preferences: tenebrionid beetle richness covaries with human population on the Mediterranean islands

    1. Human presence can affect biodiversity in many ways. If anthropization is one of the major drivers of species extinctions, at the same time, human-induced increases environmental heterogeneity may also increase species richness. 2. In many cases, howev ...

    30 April 2016

  16. Monitoring forest habitats: Projects and tools from local to global scales

    12 Jan 2016 to 13 Jan 2016 On Tuesday, 12 January 2016, Peter Vogt will give a scientific seminar at St Andrews University on JRC research and products for biodiversity and forest monitoring. The seminar, entitled Monitoring forest habitats: Projects and ...

    05 January 2016

  17. Science for environmental sustainability – new thematic report

    04 Feb 2016 The JRC has released a new report on environmental sustainability providing a broad overview of its activities in this area. Science plays an important role in informing European policies to meet the sustainability challenge and is also becomi ...

    04 February 2016

  18. Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society

    13 Dec 2015 to 16 Dec 2015 This year's British Ecological Society (BES) annual meeting will be held in Edinburgh from 13 to 16 December.  The oldest ecological society in the world, the BES runs several major scientific meetings for ecologists each y ...

    11 December 2015

  19. Mapping the impact of alien species on marine ecosystems: the Mediterranean Sea case study

    Aim To develop a standardized, quantitative method for mapping cumulative impacts of invasive alien species on marine ecosystems. Location The methodology is applied in the Mediterranean Sea but is widely applicable. Methods A conservative additive model ...

    17 April 2016

  20. Potential threats to soil biodiversity

    12 Jan 2016 A recently published JRC article maps the potential threats to three categories of soil biodiversity(namely soil microorganisms, fauna and biological functions) in the EU, and gives guidelines for identifying soils that are potentially at risk ...

    12 January 2016

  21. Valuing the non-market benefits of estuarine ecosystem services in a river basin context: Testing sensitivity to scope and scale

    A large scale contingent valuation survey is conducted among residents in one of the largest river basins in Portugal to estimate the non-market benefits of the ecosystem services associated with implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (W ...

    07 April 2016

  22. Framing the concept of Satellite Remote Sensing Essential Biodiversity Variables: challenges and future directions

    The concept that satellite-based variables are key components to a unified and global biodiversity monitoring strategy has gained traction in recent months yet a definitive and agreed list of these variables still remains elusive. The growth of interest i ...

    09 April 2016

  23. European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN): enlargement and training

    09 Feb 2016 to 10 Feb 2016 Invasive alien species (IAS)- i.e. species that are not native to Europe and have a severe negative impact on native flora and fauna- are one of the main pressures on biodiversity in the EU and at global level. The workshop will ...

    19 November 2015

  24. Invasive freshwater species in Europe’s lakes and rivers: how do they come in?

    13 Nov 2015 A JRC-led article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European lakes and rivers. Germany, the UK and It ...

    13 November 2015

  25. Policy impacts on regulating ecosystem services: looking at the implications of 60 years of landscape change on soil erosion prevention in a Mediterranean silvo-pastoral system

    Context. Policy decisions form a major driver of land use change, with important implications for socially and environmentally susceptible regions. It is well known that there can be major unintended consequences, especially where policies are not tailore ...

    03 March 2016