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8.3 The WEB and IT for nature

5 June 2015 - 11:30-13:00  

This session looks at the exciting possibilities opening up for collecting and presenting citizen science online, explores cutting-edge information systems and examines how online information about nature conservation can better meet the needs of administrations, business and the public. One presentation will show how data fed in by numerous individual bird-watchers can be combined to create a real-time picture of bird migration as it takes place. Another presentation takes us through the latest technological possibilities from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, and a further one provides insights into how nature conservation web portals are evolving to better serve everyone.

This session will be followed by a presentation by Gabriel Gargallo between 13.00 and 14.00 of the aims of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) and the ambitious work that is being undertaken by this organisation in the large scale monitoring of European birds in time and space. Two well-established EBCC projects, the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) and the new European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA2) will be described and the new EBP introduced as the perfect companion to the previous two. PECBMS, a joint initiative with BirdLife International, monitors breeding population trends across Europe, using large-scale and long-term common breeding bird surveys and developing indicators of the general state of nature, while EBBA2 will produce a precise snapshot of the breeding distribution of all European bird species for the whole continent and for a specific time window (2013–2017). We will show how the EBP project will allow gathering complementary information to PECBMS and EBBA2 by focussing on the study of continental-wide seasonal changes in bird distribution as well as those temporal changes taking place too fast as to be properly tracked by more traditional monitoring projects. Finally, we will give an overview of planned EBCC future developments to further improve bird monitoring and, hence, the management and conservation of bird populations in Europe.


Gabriel Gargallo, Catalan Ornithological Institute (ICO)

Jan Bliki, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Raymond Harris, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College London


Dr Micheal O'Briain, Deputy Head of Unit, Nature, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

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