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This report has been produced in the frame of the indicator work-package of the project EON2000+ that was funded under the 5th Framework Programme of the EC.

Following a short review of policy instruments related to Biodiversity and Nature protection and their respective objectives, the report identifies and list European sets of indicators available for policy-making and reporting. The implementation of such indicators requires investigations at different spatial and temporal scales and involves the participation of different types of organizations. To contribute to move towards implementation, user-specific demands and objectives, data needs and knowledge gaps have been addressed. This resulted in splitting the target user group for biodiversity indicators into two sub-groups:
(1) policy-makers at European level who evaluate the progress made towards objectives set in policies and measures
(2) implementers and managers acting at local and regional levels who provide data to higher decision making levels and implement EU instruments at the site level.

Information needs and associated indicators requirements have been investigated on the basis of case studies for the second user group. The focus was on reporting and managing protected areas like Natura2000 at the local and regional levels. Templates have been defined to collect the indicator related information. The relevance and contribution of such indicators to the implementation of available European indicator set has been addressed. The implementation of indicators was then focussed at the local level, on the spatial component.

Additional information

Authors: ESTREGUIL C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DESHAYES M, Cemagref-ENGREF, Montpellier (FR);LAMB A, Infoterra Ltd, Leicester (GB);RICHMAN A, Environment Agency of England and Wales(GB);SELL E, University of Trier, Trier (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20861 EN (2004), 69 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
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