What is biodiversity?
"Biological diversity" means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems."
New MedWet tools for inventorying, assessment and monitoring of wetlands now online
The MedWet Web Information System (MedWet/WIS) is now o¬nline offering access to the newly updated MedWet tools for inventory, assessment and monitoring of wetlands. The MedWet/WIS has been designed to support the effort of Mediterranean countries towards the creation of a common knowledge base for Mediterranean wetlands. The system offers stakeholders from a variety of bodies including policy makers, wetland managers and researchers access to information o¬n the location, ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance of wetland ecosystems. By offering differentiated degree of access rights to different user groups the system ensures regulated use of data o¬n wetlands while the system ensures safe exchange of information through the MedWet Inventory Data Sharing Protocol.
The MedWet Web Information System has been developed in the framework of the MedWet CODDE project co-funded by the INTERREG III C Sud Programme.
To use the MedWet WIS simply visit this address: http://www.wetlandwis.net/
2nd national report on the implementation of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) in Greece (reporting period: 2001-2006)
In the framework of the implementation of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC), the submission of the 2nd national report (reporting period: 2001 – 2006) to the European Commission, through the IT Tool, has been completed.
SEBI 2010 Phase II
The first phase of work ended with the launch of the EEA technical report “Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010: Proposal for the first set of indicators to monitor progress in Europe”.
At the meeting in Paris on 4th July, the SEBI 2010 coordination team discussed options for the substance and organizational structure of the next phase of work. It was agreed that the current groups should be closed since their work is substantially completed and three new working groups should be established with chairs and coordinators involved in the first phase of work to provide continuity into the second phase of work.
Biodiversity Protection – Beyond 2010
2010 will be a major milestone for biodiversity policy both in the EU and globally. It will be the year of the full evaluation of the delivery to the EU Biodiversity Action Plan and as well the UN International Year for Biodiversity. Thus it is time to take a stock on where we are and to start framing the post-2010 biodiversity vision and preparing the strategy for the period being ahead of us. The European Commission organizes a major conference on 'Biodiversity Protection – Beyond 2010' on 27-28 April 2009 in Athens, Greece convening all the main actors engaged in the development and implementation of EU biodiversity policy together with international institutions and globally recognized experts. For more information, follow the link to the event of the conference, or visit the website of the EC DG Environment.
Workshop on "National & Local Wetland Inventories in the Service of Mediterranean Wetland Assessment and Monitoring: The Serbian Case"
The workshop is organised by the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade and the Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY), and will take place at the premises of the Faculty of Biology in Belgrade on 28 September 2007.
It is targeted to the national and local authorities, to the scientific community and to other stakeholders interested in wetland conservation and management. The workshop aims to promote the wetland inventory actions in Serbia and to link them with the MedWet Initiative’s efforts to building up an overall picture of the status and trends of the wetlands in the Mediterranean region. Serbian decision makers and stakeholders will be encouraged to force and support inventory, assessment and monitoring actions in the country, and share the inventory data they hold through the MedWet Web Information System. Results of the capacity building in the MedWet inventory method and tools, that was carried out by EKBY for Serbian scientists, will be presented and follow up activities will be proposed in view of contributing inventory actions in the country and the Pan Mediterranean wetland inventory overall.
It is implemented in the frame of the International Development Cooperation Programme "Training in wetland inventory using modern technology" that is financed by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department (Hellenic Aid).