Major steps towards forecasting global biodiversity change
After two international workshops with world-leading experts, the EU horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B project, coordinated by Daniel Kissling of the University of Amsterdam, has made a major step towards building essential biodiversity variables to quantify global biodiversity change for conservation management and environmental policies.
The future of biodiversity is of fundamental importance for society and humanity, but how we can assess and forecast biodiversity change at a global scale remains a major challenge. Over the last few years, scientists have agreed upon a set of key variables to describe biodiversity, so-called Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), with the aim to monitor and measure biodiversity change. However, these EBVs are not yet widely tested because biodiversity data have been historically collected for different scientific purposes and it is not easy to combine and process different datasets to become relevant for measuring and understanding biodiversity change.
By organising international workshops with world-leading experts, the EU horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B, ‘GLOBal Infrastructures for Supporting Biodiversity research’, brings together international biodiversity scientists with experts from biodiversity research infrastructures and legal and policy backgrounds to advance the global implementation of EBVs.
‘It is really exciting to develop with experts from all over the world the steps needed to address this global environmental challenge', says Dr. Daniel Kissling, associate professor at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (UvA-IBED) and scientific coordinator of the GLOBIS-B project.