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01 Sep 2014
 # 01/09/2014 Job announcement - EU Nature Directives Reporting Officer - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION EXTENDED until 19 September, 12.00 am

The ETC/BD is seeking an 'EU Nature Directives Reporting Officer' for its office in Paris. The position starts as early as possible before end 2014. For further details (more...)
25 Jul 2014
 # 25/07/2014 ETC/BD Newsletter

The July 2014 edition of the ETC/BD newletter is now available The newsletter aims at providing information on activities led by the Consortium in the framework of the multi-annual European Environment Agency’s Strategy 2014-2018. The newsletter is produced 2 times a year at regular intervals. (more...)
02 Jun 2014
 # 02/06/2014 The public consultation on species and habitats conservation status under Art. 17 of the Habitats Directive is open!

Based on the Member States data and assessments reported for the period 2007-2012, the EEA and its ETC on Biological Diversity have produced assessments for each biogeographical or marine region at the EU level based on a methodology agreed with the Member States and the European Commission. A public consultation on these assessments (more...)
26 May 2014
 # 23/05/2014 Revamped versions of BISE and EUNIS portals launched

In support to the High level Conference on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) in Europe held in Brussels on i.e 22/05/2014, Biodiversity day, the BISE portal was upgraded and updated, providing access to information on initiatives on mapping ecosystems and their services (more...)
26 Feb 2014
 # 26/02/2014 Terrestrial habitat mapping in Europe: an overview

There is a long history of mapping both habitats and vegetation, using both field and remote sensing methods in Europe and, largely due to the 1992 EU Habitats Directive, there has been a marked increase in habitat mapping of large areas in the European Union over the past 25 years. This report, initiated by (more...)
13 Feb 2014
 # 13/02/2014 Job announcement - Agriculture and Forest Ecosystems Officer

The ETC/BD is seeking an 'Agriculture and Forest Ecosystems Officer' for its office in Paris. The position starts in June 2014. For further details (more...)
09 Jan 2014
 # 09/01/2014 Birds in the European Union - Reporting under Article 12 of the Birds Directive

Member States have started delivering their reports as required by Article 12 of the Birds Directive. Eighteen Member States delivered by the agreed deadline (31st December) while another country has delivered more recently. The ETC/BD maintains a scoreboard (more...)
19 Dec 2013
 # 19/12/2013 ETC/BD Newsletter

The December 2013 edition of the ETC/BD newletter is now available The newsletter aims at providing information on activities led by the Consortium in the framework of the multi-annual European Environment Agency’s Strategy 2009-2013. The newsletter is produced 2 times a year at regular intervals. (more...)
17 Jul 2013
 # 15/07/2013 ETC/BD News letter

The July 2013 edition of the ETC/BD newletter is now available The newsletter aims at providing information on activities led by the Consortium in the framework of the multi-annual European Environment Agency’s Strategy 2009-2013. The newsletter is produced 2 times a year at regular intervals. (more...)
02 Jul 2013
 # 02/07/2013 Article 17 Deliveries

Member States have started delivering their reports as obliged under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. By the deadline of the 1st of July nine Member States had delivered. The ETC/BD has created a scorebord to provide an overview of the state of play of the reporting. (more...)
01 Jul 2013
 # 01/07/2013 Pozdraviti Hrvatsku (Welcome Croatia)

Pozdraviti Hrvatsku (Welcome Croatia) Croatia joined the EU on the 1st July bringing the number of EU Member States to 28 and adding to the EU’s biodiversity. To reflect this, there have been some additions to the annexes of the Habitats Directive with 2 new habitats added to Annex I and 14 species to Annexes II & IV. Further details are given in the latest Natura 2000 newsletter. Descriptions of the new habitats are included in the latest edition of the Interpretation manual of European Habitats. (more...)
21 May 2013
 # 21/5/2013 New edition of the Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats now available

A new edition for the EU28 has just been published following its approval by the Habitats Committee last month. The major changes are the addition of 2 new habitats requested by Croatia ('32A0 Tufa cascades of karstic rivers of the Dinaric Alps' and '6540 Sub-Mediterranean grasslands of the Molinio-Hordeion secalini') and a revision of habitat 8140 Eastern Mediterranean screes to cover variation in the west Balkans. The opportunity has been taken to correct EUNIS habitat codes for marine habitat types and to make some other minor corrections. (more...)
30 Jan 2013
 # 30/1/2013 French translation of the EUNIS classification

The MNHN has just published a tanslation into French of the EUNIS habitat classifications. The ETC/BD Director Dominique Richard provided a foreword. (more...)
17 Dec 2012
 # 17/12/2012 ETC/BD Newsletter

The December 2012 ETC/BD newletter is now available. (more...)
07 Nov 2012
 # 06/11/2012 CDDA 2012 data available

The latest version of the nationally desinated protected areas in Europe (the CDDA dataset) is available on the EEA data service . The site contains the database, the GIS data and the QA/QC reports (more...)
23 Oct 2012
 # 23/10/2012 EEA Protected Areas report

The EEA has just published 'Protected Areas in Europe- an overview'. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of protected areas and aims to assist policy makers and the wider public in understanding the complexity of the current systems of protected areas. This report was the result of several months of collaborative and very productive work amongst the ETC/BD and the EEA. (more...)
22 Oct 2012
 # 225/10/2012 Environmental indicator report 2012

See how the work on Article 17/ Natura 2000/SEBI/ Baseline and in general BDC content is being used for EEA key products such as this Environmental indicator report (more...)
16 Oct 2012
 # 16/10/2012 Satisfied with the EEA? Take the survey to have your say

Satisfied with the EEA? Take the survey to have your say. The EEA is about to undertake a thorough evaluation of its work and services. This is done to assess how effective and efficient the Agency is (more...)
20 Sep 2012
 # 20/09/2012 'Streamlining European biodiversity indicators 2020: Building a future on lessons learnt from the SEBI 2010 proces

The EEA have recently launched 'Streamlining European biodiversity indicators 2020: Building a future on lessons learnt from the SEBI 2010 process". Sophie Conde from the Core Team, Ben Delbaere, Lawrence Jones-Walters, Amor Torre-Marín (all from our partner ECNC) were the key contributors to this report. (more...)
24 Jul 2012
 # 24/07/0212 Paper on Connectivity & Connectedness of Natura 2000 sites published

Members of the core team have recently published a paper on aspects of Natura 2000. ‘Connectedness and connectivity of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas across country borders in the European Union’ by Otars Opermanis Brian MacSharry Zelmira Sipkova, together with Ainars Aunins from the University of Latvia, and published in Biological Conservation examines network connectedness and connectivity across national boundaries. (more...)
17 Jul 2012
 # 17/07/2012 ETC/BD Newsletter

The July 2012 ETC/BD newletter is now available. (more...)
17 Jul 2012
 # 17/07/2012 ETC/BD Newsletter

The July 2012 ETC/BD newletter is now available. (more...)
22 May 2012
 # 21/05/2012 Happy 20th Birthday of the Habitats Directive

The 21st of May is the the 20th anniversary of one of the key instruments in nature conservation in the EU the Habitat Directive. (more...)
06 Jan 2012
 # 06/01/2012 CDDA 2011 data available

All the publicly available data on nationally designated areas is available on the EEA data service . The site contains the database, the GIS data and the QA/QC reports (more...)
05 Jan 2012
 # 05/01/2012

The Service du Patrimoine Naturel (SPN) of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle is searching for an intern to help with its programme of habitat mapping (CARHAB), in particular to assist with a survey of current experience across Europe and to prepare a review of national or regional habitat mapping in Europ (more...)
14 Dec 2011
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14 Dec 2011
 # 14/12/2011-ETC/BD Newsletter

The December 2011 version of the ETC/BD newsletter is now available. (more...)
14 Nov 2011
 # 14/11/2011- Reference Portals for the Reporting Tools (Art.17 & Art 12)

Two reference portals have been created to help in reporting under Article 12 of the Birds Directive and Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. (more...)
07 Nov 2011
 # 07/11/2011- Emerald Seminar on the Balkans

An Emerald seminar was held at Bar, Montenegro, in November to assess the proposals for Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCI) from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, there were also representatives from Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/99. The meeting was hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro. (more...)
01 Aug 2011
 # 01/08/2011-New Standard Data Form

On the 11th of July 2011 an updated version of the Natura 2000 Standard Data form (SDF) was adopted. (more...)
22 Jul 2011
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09 Feb 2011
 # 09/02/2011- Natura 2000 and agriculture

Many of the habitat types noted on Annex I of the Habitats Directive are dependent on agriculture to a greater or lesser extent. In 1998 Ole Osterman published a list of such habitats. With the addition of new habitats and redefinitions of existing habitats due to the EU expanding from 15 to 27 Member States, his list has become dated. The ETC-BD has updated this list and it is now available on the 'online first' page of the journal 'Biodiversity & Conservation' . (more...)
21 Jan 2011
 # 21/01/2011 Emerald Seminar

The ETC/BD and the Council of Europe are organising a ‘Preparatory Biogeographical seminar of 6 West Balkan countries’. This seminar will take place in the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris on 26 and 27 January. The meeting will be chaired by Dr Jan Plesnik (AOPK), Chair of the Bern Convention Standing Committee. (more...)
21 Dec 2010
 # 21/12/2010-ETC/BD Newsletter

The December 2010 version of the ETC/BD newsletter is now available. (more...)
30 Nov 2010
 # 30/11/2010 State and Outlook of the Environment report launched by EEA

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released it 4th State and Outlook of the Environment report, SOER 2010, on the 30th of November. The report is a comprehensive assessment of how and why the environment of Europe is changing and what we are doing about it. (more...)
19 Oct 2010
 # 19/10/2010 CDDA data available in protectedplanet

The most recent version of the World Database on Protected Areas and its sister website protectedplanet were updated on the 19th of October to include the latest set of boundaries from the Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA). (more...)
28 Sep 2010
 # 28/09/2010- 10th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The tenth and final message on 'Cultural landscapes and biodiversity heritage' was released in late September. (more...)
26 Aug 2010
 # 26/08/2010- 9th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The ninth message on 'Coastal ecosystems' was released in late August. (more...)
28 Jul 2010
 # 28/07/2010- 8th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The eighth message on 'Mountain ecosystems' was released in late July (more...)
28 Jul 2010
 # 28/07/2010-ETC/BD Newsletter

The latest (July 2010) version of the ETC/BD newsletter is now available. (more...)
01 Jul 2010
 # 01/07/2010-7th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The seventh message on 'Agricultural ecosystems' was released in late June (more...)
28 Jun 2010
 # 28/06/2010-Marine Biogeographical meeting

A biogeographical seminar covering the Black Sea, Mediterranean and seas around Macaronesia was held in Brindisi in June; (more...)
03 Jun 2010
 # 03/06/2010-About the ETC/BD

For Green Week 2010 the ETC/BD prepared a leaflet giving an overview of the activities undertaken by the ETC/BD (more...)
01 Jun 2010
 # 01/06/2010-Biodiversity Baseline for Europe

The 'Biodiversity baseline' was unveiled at the opening session of the Green Week conference in Brussels. The 'Biodiversity baseline' for Europe provides a series of facts and figures on the different components of biodiversity. The ETC/BD was heavily involved in the production of this baseline. (more...)
01 Jun 2010
 # 01/06/2010-The Biodiversity Information System for Europe

The Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE) a key instrument to ensure the provision of information relating to Biodiversity in Europe, was officially launched at the opening session of Green Week on the 1st of June. (more...)
25 May 2010
 # 25/05/2010-6th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The sixth message on 'Urban ecosystems' was released in late May (more...)
21 May 2010
 # 21/05/2010-International Biodiversity day, 22 May 2010

Since 2000 the 22nd of May has been proclaimed by the UN to be the International Day for Biodiversity, in addition this year 2010 has been designated the International Year of Biodiversity by the UN which makes the 22nd of May 2010 a very special day for biodiversity. (more...)
21 May 2010
 # 21/05/2010-Green Week

The Green Week Conference organised by European Commission is the largest annual conference on European environmental policy. This year, in keeping with 2010 being the International Year for Biodiversity, the focus is on biodiversity. The event is held in Brussels from the 1st to the 4th of June. (more...)
20 May 2010
 # 20/05/2010-The Living Façade at the European Environment Agency

As part of the programme of events for International Year of Biodiversity 2010, the EEA is installing a living facade on the front of the Agencys headquaters in Copenhagen. (more...)
20 May 2010
 # 20/05/2010-PhD course on “International forestry and global issues

Doug Evans from the ETC/BD participated in the PhD course on “International forestry and global issues” held in Nancy, France on May 17-21. The course was organised by the French Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) together with the European Forest Institute (EFI). (more...)
09 Apr 2010
 # 09/04/2010-5th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The fifth message on 'Forest Ecosystems' was released in early April (more...)
07 Apr 2010
 # 07/04/2010-Biodiversity Campaign launched by the European Commission

The European Commission has recently launched a Biodiversity campaign. Check out the link in the main body of the story or join the 'Biodiversity community' on facebook. (more...)
22 Mar 2010
 # 22/03/2010-4th message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The fourth message on 'Marine Ecosystems' was released in mid March (more...)
09 Mar 2010
 # 09/03/2010-3rd message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The third message is on 'Freshwater ecosystems' (more...)
09 Mar 2010
 # 09/03/2010-SCALES

Isabelle Le Viol and Doug Evans of the Core Team attended the SCALES meeting held in early March in Barcelona. (more...)
31 Jan 2010
 # 31/01/2010-2nd message for 2010 released

The EEA's '10 messages for 2010' will highlight one theme per month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The second message is on 'Protected areas'. (more...)
28 Jan 2010
 # 28/01/2010-Latest Newletter

The Dec 2009 ETC/BD newletter is now available. (more...)
28 Jan 2010
 # 28/01/2010-UNESCO Biodiversity Science-Policy Conference

The ETC/BD gave two talks at the UNESCO IYB Biodiversity Science-Policy Conference held in Paris. (more...)
27 Jan 2010
 # 27/01/2010-Article 17

Article 17 of the Habitats Directive requires that every 6 years Member States prepare reports to be sent to the European Commission on the implementation of the Directive. The Article 17 report for the period 2001-2006 for the first time includes assessments on the conservation status of the habitat types and species of Community interest. You can find the composite report ... (more...)
27 Jan 2010
 # 27/01/2010-Birds Directive

A new version of the Birds Directive (2009/147/EC) now exists which replaces the previous 1979 version. The 2009 Birds Directives replaces the 1979 version of the Birds Directive (79/409/EEC), Annex VII of the 2009 Directive gives a correlation table between the 1979 Directive and the 2009 Directive. (more...)
27 Jan 2010
 # 27/01/2010-10 messages for 2010

To celebrate the launch of the International Year of Biodiversity on 11 January, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is commencing a series of concise, thematic assessments of biodiversity, entitled '10 messages for 2010'. The first of these '10 messages for 2010' presents the interaction between climate change and biodiversity (more...)
27 Jan 2010
 # 27/01/2010-Natura 2000 viewer launched

DG Env has launched a Natura 2000 viewer (more...)
27 Jan 2010
 # 27/01/2010-CDDA data available

All the publicly available data on nationally designated areas in Europe (ECDDA) are available on the EEA webservice. (more...)
02 Jan 2010
 # 02/01/2010 2010 International year of Biodiversity!

2010 International year of Biodiversity! (more...)