JNCC gets everyone on topic


UK hosts management meeting of the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity

Delegates at the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity meeting at Barnsdale Hotel © Maddy Smith/ JNCCA major meeting of experts in Biological Diversity was held in Peterborough last November. Hosted by JNCC, the core of the discussions of the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC/BD) were around work to create a European data centre for biodiversity, building strong partnerships amongst those who can help with data and information gathering, and how to support policy-making decisions, especially action identified under the EU Biodiversity Communication.
This was the second time JNCC had hosted an ETC management meeting, the previous one being held at Battleby in 1998.  Much of the meeting was held at Barnsdale Hall Hotel, on the scenic shores of Rutland Water, one of the UK’s Ramsar sites.
European Topic Centres are institutions/organisations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to execute tasks identified in the multiannual work programme.  There are five topic centres, the other four being on Terrestrial Environment; Water; Resource and Waste Management; and Air and Climate Change. The roles of the ETCs is to:
  • assist the EEA in its task of reporting on Europe's environment by addressing state and trends of biodiversity in Europe;
  • provide the relevant information to support the implementation of environmental and sustainable development policies in Europe;
  • build capacity for reporting on biodiversity in Europe, mainly through the European Information and Observation Network (EIONET).
This was the fourth management meeting of ETC/BD which succeeds the former ETC on Nature Protection and Biodiversity (2001-2004) which itself succeeded ETC on Nature Conservation (1995 - 2000).  Its activities are organised following EEA’s strategy and its geographical coverage has increased to reflect the new members of the EEA and the recent enlargement of the European Union.Rutland Water, a Ramsar site, is noted for its waterbirds and supports an internationally important population of Gadwall © David Kjaer/ naturepl.com
The ETC consortium consists of nine partners who share the responsibility for the work programme. The partners are from France (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle); the Czech Republic (Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic); Estonia (Estonian Environmental Information Centre); Finland (European Forest Institute); The Netherlands (European Centre for Nature Conservation, and Wetlands International); Italy (Istituto Centrale per la Ricerca scientifica e tecnologica applicata al Mare); Slovakia (Institute of Landscape Ecology); and JNCC from  the UK. 
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