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  1. Updated version of the EASIN website is online

    04 May 2016 The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) Team is glad to announce that the new EASIN website is ready and online! The new website, which was built using cutting-edge technology, allows for a more efficient flow of data and inform ...

    04 May 2016

  2. 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

  3. EcoSummit 2016

    29 Aug 2016 to 01 Sep 2016 'The 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016- Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, will take place at The Corum Convention Centre, Montpellier. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen ...

    11 March 2016

  4. Mapping recreational visits and values of European National Parks by combining statistical modelling and unit value transfer

    Recreation is a major ecosystem service and an important cobenefit of nature conservation. The recreational value of National Parks (NPs) can be a strong argument in favour of allocating resources for preserving and creating NPs worldwide. Managing NPs to ...

    16 June 2016

  5. An indicator framework to help maximise potential benefits for ecosystem services and biodiversity from ecological focus areas

    Ecological focus areas are one of three greening measures that were introduced into the European Common Agricultural Policy by the reform in 2014, with the aim of enhancing the ecological function of agricultural landscapes. However, there are concerns th ...

    15 June 2016

  6. A habitat quality indicator for common birds in Europe based on species distribution models

    The EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy requires gathering biodiversity information to monitor progress towards reaching its main targets. Common species are good proxies for the diversity and integrity of ecosystems, since they are key elements of the biomass, ...

    12 June 2016

  7. 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

  8. Preserving regulating and cultural Ecosystem services: degradation and conservation status

    For many years humans have benefited from provisioning services such as meat from wild animals, raw material and livestock grazing; regulating services such as water and climate regulation; supporting services such as soil fertility and cultural services ...

    28 May 2016

  9. One Ecosystem: Innovation in ecology and sustainability research publishing

    One Ecosystem is an innovative Open Access scholarly journal which provides a forum for studies in the field of ecology and sustainability. In addition to conventional research papers, the journal welcomes contributions documenting the entire research cyc ...

    27 May 2016

  10. 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

  11. Are generalist parasites being lost from their hosts?

    In a recent paper, Farrell et al. (2015) investigated patterns of host-parasite co-extinctions in mammals (terrestrial carnivores and ungulates). The Authors compared the proportion of single and multi host parasites found, respectively, on vulnerable and ...

    15 May 2016

  12. Integrated weed management systems with herbicide-tolerant crops in the European Union: lessons learnt from home and abroad

    Conventionally bred (CHT) and genetically modified herbicide-tolerant (GMHT) crops have changed weed management practices and made an important contribution to the global production of some commodity crops. However, a concern is that farm management pract ...

    15 May 2016

  13. ESTIMAP

    ESTIMAP is a set of separate process-based models that assess the supply, demand and flow of different ES, for use within a GIS. Currently there are eight models for assessing air quality regulation, protection from soil erosion, coastal protection, water ...

    14 May 2016

  14. 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

  15. Scoping report on the potential impact of on-board desulphurization on the water quality in SOx Emission Control Areas

    The input of acid substances (like SO2) into the sea has been recognized as an environmental issue that needs to be considered in terms of ocean acidification; acid inputs and techniques to deal with them have implications for member states' obligati ...

    13 May 2016

  16. Mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in enlargement countries

    26 Jan 2016 to 28 Jan 2016 The aim of this workshop is to take stock of the progress made in enlargement countries on mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services, to analyse gaps in knowledge and to initiate training activities on mapping and ...

    09 October 2015

  17. JRC and U.S. Geological Survey boost cooperation in earth sciences

    06 Jan 2016 The JRC and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have now concluded a comprehensive agreement to further scientific and technical exchange and increase the knowledge and capabilities of the JRC and the USGS in the field of earth sciences. New are ...

    06 January 2016

  18. Assessing water ecosystem services for water resource management

    Ecosystem service concepts can offer a valuable approach for linking human and nature, and arguments for the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. Despite an increasing interest in the topic, the application for water resource management has ...

    04 May 2016

  19. Using pan-tropical biomass maps to improve IPCC Tier 1 default level emission factors – a case study for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

    The IPCC proposes three Tier levels for greenhouse gas emission monitoring with a hierarchical order in terms of accuracy as well as data requirements/complexity. While Tier 1 provides default above-ground biomass (AGB) values per ecological zone and cont ...

    01 May 2016

  20. JRC Thematic Report: Science for environmental sustainability

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service, supports EU Member States in implementing environmental policies and participates in international efforts to promote the sustainable use of resources and improve land-us ...

    01 May 2016

  21. 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

  22. Deep Sea – Close Kin: A Genetic Approach for Improved Fisheries Management

    Deep-sea fish stocks consist of species that live at depths of greater than 400 metres. While being important for EU fisheries, this natural renewable resource is particularly vulnerable to over-fishing, as many deep sea species are slow-growing and commo ...

    19 June 2016

  23. Spatial distribution of marine ecosystem service capacity in the European seas

    Practitioners and policy makers at European Union (EU) and Member States level are increasingly seeking spatially-explicit ecosystem service information to use in decision-making and the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Whilst under ...

    17 April 2016

  24. 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 ...

    08 June 2016

  25. Report on the Kick-off workshop of the Network of Experts for ReDeveloping Models of the European Marine Environment

    The ‘Kick-off workshop of the Network of Experts for ReDeveloping Models of the European Marine Environment. Eutrophication modelling and Descriptor 5 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive’ was held on 20-21 January 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, jointly ...

    20 April 2016