Conservation case study workshop

The second workshop of the “conservation case study” on multifunctional floodplain management took place in Hainburg an der Donau (Austria), 7th-9th of November 2012.

The main goals for the workshop were the discussion of data extraction-issues for the systematic review, to develop a capacity matrix that relates floodplain management-measures to ecosystem services and to organize the working process in the case study.

Please find details in the agenda (attachment).

We agreed at the workshop on the following three main products of the case study:

  1. a report on the definitive matrix "interventions vs. ecosystem services"
  2. the systematic review on the “biodiversity effects of multifunctional floodplain management”
  3. an expert-assessment on “biodiversity effects of multifunctional floodplain management” including country-specific summaries that focus strongly on sources of evidence that are not covered by the SR.

The timelines for the next steps are:

  1. Matrix: until end of December
  2. Expert assessment: country-specific texts until the end of December, overall text until the end of January
  3. Systematic review (mainly done by UNIVIE-team): until the end of February.

Many thanks to the participating experts


If you would like to contribute to the test case, please contact:!

Calendar of biodiversity-related events 2013 - continuously updated

Please feel free to let us know about any events that you want the biodiversity community to be aware of, and we will add them to the table:

Please click on the event to be directed to the according website.

 Date Event
January 9-13th  6th International Biogeography Society Conference, Miami, Florida (USA)
January (20) 21st-26th  IPBES 1, First Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany. 
January 23-25th  Climate and beyond: Knowledge Production about Planet Earth and the Global Environment as Indicators of Social Change, Bern, Switzerland. Organized by Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
February 4-7th  UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, Fortaleza, Brazil. Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas
February 13-16th  PAGES 4th Open Science Meeting, Goa, India.  The Past: A Compass for Future Earth
February 15th (TBC)  1st Global Meeting of Indigenous Peoples Forum, Roma, Italy. Organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Develpoment (IFAD)
February 28th - March 1st EPBRS workshop on European Biodiversity Research Strategy 2020, Brussels, Belgium
March 3-14th  CITES-COP 16, Bangkok, Thailand. 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna (CITES)
April 15-18th  ALTER-Net Conference, Ghent, Belgium. Science underpinning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.
April 15th-19th  IGBP Scientific Committee Meeting, Bern, Switzerland.
April 23rd-24th BiodivERsA stakeholder engagement workshop, Peterborough, UK
May 13-16th  HydroEco'2013, Rennes, France. 4th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology: Emerging patterns, breakthrough and challenges.
May 15-17th EPBRS meeting, Ireland
May 17-20th  19th International Conference of the EBCC (European Bird Census Council) in Cluj, Romania
May 21-24th  Biohydrology 2013, Landau/Pfalz, Germany. Water for Life.
May 21-24th  GWSP international conference, Bonn, Germany. Global Water System Project conference entitled: Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System
May 22nd  International Day of Biodiversity (Green Week, Brussels)
June 19-22nd  Birdlife international World Congress, Ottawa Convention Centre, Canada
June 26-30th  IAVS 2013,Tartu, Estonia. 56th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science
July 21-25th  ICCB 2013, Baltimore, USA, The 26th biennial International Congress for Conservation Biology.
August 4-9th  98th ANNUAL MEETING ESA, Minneapolis, USA. Ecological Society of America. Sustainable Pathways: Learning From the Past and Shaping the Future
August 18-23rd  11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years, London.The theme of the Congress is advancing ecology and making it count.
September 9-12th  IALE 2013 European Congress, Manchester, UK. Changing European Landscapes: Landscape ecology, local to global
October 3-4th


Identifying knowledge gaps for the Climate Action and Resource Efficiency Challenge in Horizon 2020

2nd International conference in Denmark (Aarhus)

October 4-10th  WILD 10, Salamanca, Spain. 10th World Wilderness Congress. Make the world a wilder place.
October 6-11th  5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
October 21-25th  3rd International Marine Protected Area Congress, Marseille, France.



Report of the IPBES briefing session "Reconnecting science to policy: Why? What? How?” available

The short report (in English and French) as well as the full report of the briefing session "Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) - Reconnecting science to policy: Why? What? How?", hosted by MEP Gaston Franco and organised by the EP Intergroup "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" are available here and on the EBCD website.

European Wildlife Network

A network of knowledge for the management of wild mammals and birds in Europe

The EWN aims to be a network of professionals involved in wildlife management, wildlife - human interactions, policy/decision making and research to:

1)      Bridge the gap between managers and researchers
2)      Disseminate existing and emerging knowledge through the network
3)      Identify knowledge gaps for the sound management of European wildlife

Anyone with a professional interest in issues related to the management of wild mammals and birds in Europe, that agrees with their mission, is welcome to join! Membership is free of charge.

Biodiversity research back on the agenda - VIDEOS release

The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform are pleased to announce the release of two videos that aim to put biodiversity research back on the agenda: 


Biodiversity Research, a key to our future 

Video featuring prominent biodiversity scientists explaining how and why biodiversity research should be back on the agenda of the Heads of States and European institutions. 


Biodiversity Research, an answer to societal issues

Video on concrete examples of how biodiversity research can help solving societal issues such as resources management, public health, climate change, species adaptation and poverty reduction.



Press Release on the release of the videos



For more information on the contents of these videos, please contact Estelle Balian: 


For any technical question on how to download/ embed the videos on your website, please contact Angélique Berhault: 

Thank you for mentioning the following credits when using these materials: 

Video produced by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform for the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS)