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EUMON: EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest


To halt the decline of biodiversity by 2010 is one of the most important objectives of the European Community Biodiversity Strategy. Despite of considerable effort was put into conservation of threatened species and habitats on European and national level in recent years, no monitoring system that is able to check whether this goal has been reached, is implemented. The reason for this is not a lack of methods to measure biodiversity or missing monitoring programs, but a lack of a EU framework, that standardize, focus and coordinate existing monitoring programs towards this objective. The EUMON project will provide this framework by comparing existing methods and monitoring schemes of species and habitats of community interests. The most successful methods in terms of cost effectiveness, regional robustness will be selected and tested for their European wide applicability. EUMON will pay special attention that existing monitoring programs can incorporate these methods and will give recommendation how new and successful monitoring programs can be established. Special consideration for implementing monitoring programs will be paid by studying the social effects of monitoring regimes, because the relationship between amateurs and professionals are meant to be most important for implementing a successful monitoring regime. The establishing of the NATURA 2000 network is one of the main actions on a EU level to halt biodiversity loss. Therefore it is a prerequisite to evaluate its ability to maintain biodiversity. Additionally EUMON will develop methods to name the responsibility of EU Member states for the species and habitats of Community interests living under their protection. For information and to give policy advise a comprehensive database on monitoring schemes and recommended methods will be made accessible by an internet portal to the end users - scientists, policy makers, decision makers and nature conservators on EU, national and regional levels

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