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Europe Overseas Roundtable
on Biodiversity and Climate Change
25th of September 2014, Brussels
EEA activities on the EU Overseas
Frank Wugt Larsen ([email protected])
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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The EEA is...
• An agency of the European Union
• Analysing, assessing and providing environmental
information by producing…
• European, regional and global environment–related
data and indicator sets
• Integrated environmental assessments
• Thematic environmental assessments
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EEA Environmental indicators
“The EEA is an important source and custodian of
environment-related data and indicators, and a key provider of
environmental knowledge and information services” (Multiannual
Work Programme 2014-2018)
135 indicators across 13 themes
www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators
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EEA Environmental Assessments
Lots of integrated and thematic assessments….
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A focus on biodiversity in EU overseas
is very timely
EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020: Target 6 on averting global
biodiversity loss.
The International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change,
Guadelope, October 2014.
The European environment — state and outlook 2015 (SOER 2015)
will be published in March 2015. The EEA might include regional
assessments.
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A need to increase the knowledge
base on biodiversity in EU overseas…
Last overview of biodiversity in EU
overseas from 2008…
No common set of biodiversity
indicators for EU overseas...
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EEA contract on technical support on
biodiversity in EU overseas
Consists of 3 tasks:
Task 1: Prepare policy brief on biodiversity in EU overseas
Task 2: Prepare a background report on biodiversity in EU overseas
Task 3: Scoping of potential indicators for regular monitoring of
biodiversity in EU overseas
Biodiversity to be understood in a broader sense (incl. ecosystem
services, preferably also include climate change issues).
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Task 3: Scoping of potential indicators
• Explore the option/feasibility of creating a set of indicators for EU
overseas.
• Analyse existing indicator frameworks (SEBI, BIP & CBD) in
relation to EU overseas – to what extend is it possible to adapt
them?
• Rely on current monitoring and existing data, i.e. start with what is
already readily available.
• Build on existing local and national activities and good practise.
eea.europa.eu
Task 3: Scoping of potential indicators
• Explore the option/feasibility of creating a set of indicators for EU
overseas.
• Analyse existing indicator frameworks (SEBI, BIP & CBD) in
relation to EU overseas – to what extend is it possible to adapt
them?
• Rely on current monitoring and existing data, i.e. start with what is
already readily available.
• Build on existing local and national activities and good practise.
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Streamlining European
Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI )
SEBI – Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators
Initiated in 2005 to select a set of indicators to monitor progress
towards halting biodiversity loss by 2010 in Europe
Partnership between: EEA & ETC/BD, EC, UNEP-WCMC, PEBLDS and
Czech Republic
SEBI built on the conceptual framework provided by the CBD, and
worked with a set of headline indicators within the CBD focal areas
Involvement of nearly 150 experts allowed to develop a set of 26
indicators
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SEBI indicators
1. Abundance and distribution of selected species
14. Fragmentation of river systems
2. Red List Index for European species
15. Nutrients in transitional, coastal and marine
waters
3. Species of European interest
16. Freshwater quality
4. Ecosystem coverage
17. Forest: Growing stock, increment and fellings
5. Habitats of European interest
18. Forest: Deadwood
6. Livestock genetic diversity
19. Agriculture: Nitrogen balance
7. Nationally designated protected areas
20. Agriculture: Area under management practices
potentially supporting biodiversity
8. Sites designated under the EU Habitats and Birds Directives
21. Fisheries: European commercial fish stocks
9. Critical load exceedance for nitrogen
22. Aquaculture: Effluent water quality from finfish
farms
10. Invasive alien species in Europe
23. Ecological Footprint of European countries
11. Impact of climatic change on bird populations
24. Patent applications based on genetic resources
12. Marine Trophic Index of European seas
25. Financing biodiversity management
13. Fragmentation of natural and semi-natural areas
26. Public awareness
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2010 Assessments based on SEBI
indicator set
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Post-2010 policy framework
As the 2010 biodiversity target was not met:
At global level: CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets under 5 Strategic Goals
EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 with 6 mutually supportive
and inter-dependent targets
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The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP)
The CBD-mandated
Biodiversity Indicators
Partnership: promote and
coordinate development and
delivery of biodiversity
indicators in support of the
CBD etc.
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