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Biodiversity impact assessment using species sensitivity scores

Biodiversity indicators and monitoring frameworks are currently developed at global and European levels. A key tool for monitoring progress in achieving the EU target to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010 is the recently endorsed set of EU headline biodiversity indicators. A requirement by the EU is to complement the indicator set and the development of biodiversity monitoring frameworks with tools that are able to assess the impacts of Community policies on biodiversity in a cost-effective way.

The BioScore project will satisfy this requirement by developing a tool for linking pressures from policy sectors to the (change in the) state of biodiversity as measured by the presence and abundance of individual species. The tool to be developed will be a database that will contain information on the ecological preferences of individual species in relation to individual sectoral pressures and relating to selected Community policies as well as the EU headline biodiversity indicators. This tool will be applied for assessing impacts and the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation policies based on historic data as well as for forecasting future impacts based on existing scenario studies. The results of these assessments will be presented in European maps. The BioScore tool will be integrated into existing biodiversity monitoring frameworks and incentives for uptake will be formulated. Furthermore, the tool will be made freely accessible on the Internet.

Expected project outcomes:

  • assemble the necessary knowledge base (policy, science, data) for developing the tool
  • build a cost-effective impact assessment tool in the form of a European species database with sensitivity scores
  • apply the tool for the purpose of assessing the impacts of EU policies on biodiversity
  • apply the tool for analysing the effectiveness of European policy responses
  • apply the tool for modelling European-wide scenarios for selected drivers (e.g. forestry and climate change)
  • integrate the knowledge gained from developing and testing the tool on species sensitivities into an existing common monitoring framework to assess the impact of selected pressures on biodiversity
  • propose incentives for a wide uptake of the tool.

Further Information

Project Duration
Project Duration
February 2009

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