The diversity of Biodiversity Monitoring: aims, approaches, innovations, and policy contexts
Convened by: Stefan Schindler, Marcus Hedblom, Gabriela Hofer
Biodiversity Monitoring is the book-keeping of planetary wellbeing. The main aim of the symposium “The diversity of Biodiversity Monitoring: aims, approaches, and policy contexts” is to provide the opportunity for conservation biologists working on biodiversity monitoring to exchange, learn from experiences of others, get updated with newest methodological developments, and discuss synergies and how to reach a stronger policy impact. This is particularly relevant, because biodiversity monitorings are often conceptualized and funded at the national level .
It’s often easier to gather datasets and timelines on drivers, pressures and response than on biodiversity (=states). Despite the strong need for biodiversity monitoring, comprehensive schemes are still rare in Europe and beyond . A huge diversity of foci and approaches bears a high potential, but hampers synergies and opportunities for common analyses and conclusions.
Biodiversity monitoring requires exact repetition of surveys and is thus often considered as too less innovative for high level research. In fact, a high diversity of aims, approaches and recent (technical and statistical) developments (e.g. essential biodiversity variables , citizen science , alternative biodiversity indicators , biodiversity accounting , remote sensing with improved spatial and temporal resolution, or a combination of several novell approaches ) bears the potential for innovative solutions to increase the benefits and reduce the costs of biodiversity monitoring.
This symposium should attract researchers and other conservation biologists for an open discussion of the recent developments and the state of the art. We are aiming at a policy brief and/or an opinion paper.
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