Lessons learnt from EDIT - linking taxonomy and conservationPresentation Transcript
Lessons learned from EDIT - linking taxonomy and conservation CHRISTOPH L. HÄUSER Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity christoph.haeuser@ mfn-berlin.de ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
The (unique ?) EDIT experience ...!
EDIT = Towards The European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy
- a « network of excellence » supported by the European Commission
funded by the EC (FP6) for 5 years (2006/07 – 2010/11)
coordinated by the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (Prof. Simon Tillier)
with the objectives to:
reduce fragmentation and transform taxonomy into an integrated science
integrate (European) taxonomic institutions and capacities towards a trans-national entity
create a European virtual centre of excellence to reduce the taxonomic impediment, both for biodiversity research and conservation
European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy
EDIT operational organization
EDIT achieving institutional integration:
Maintain organisation with front office and staff (= CETAF )
Sustain joint activities and initiatives, at institutional levels:
Board of Directors (BoD) – CETAF General Meeting
Directors of Collections Committee (DoCC) – NCB + MfN
EDIT WP7 objectives Strengthening the input of scientific taxonomic expertise in Europe for biodiversity conservation programs and management, especially for inventories, assessments, and monitoring of biodiversity; Furthering development and promotion of standards, techniques and methodologies for cost efficient biodiversity assessments including a new approach for an "All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory & Monitoring" (ATBI+M) program; Establishing a European expert task force for undertaking and supporting biodiversity inventories, assessments, and monitoring activities
EDIT WP7 „Applying Taxonomy to Conservation“
Objectives of EDIT Workpackage 7 (WP7)
Applying taxonomy to conservation
Mobilising taxonomic expertise
Accessibility of biodiversity data for „protected areas“
Implementation of the objectives => ATBI+M ”All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories + Monitoring” “ large-scale field inventories to record all biodiversity”
WP7 (ATBI+M) approach
establishes EDIT ATBI+M pilot sites for areas of conservation concern in and outside Europe in need/want of inventory data
organizes and supports teams of taxonomic experts for field work to update/complete inventories and undertake monitoring at pilot sites
tests and develops new standards , protocols , and tools for efficient field recording techniques (automated geo-referencing, field-based ID techniques, GUIDs for records & specimens, etc.)
delivers primary occurrence data as digital records (compatible with BioCASE/DiGIR/TAPIR protocols) hosted in openly accessible web-based information systems ( GBIF: www.gbif.net ) for current and future use
EDIT WP7 – « field recording » manual Las Palmas, 25-27 January 2009
EDIT ATBI+M sites operate now in 4 selected protected areas Slovakia Germany Mercantour National Park Alpi Marittime Nature Park UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald Italy France Gemer Region (3 PAs): Muránska Planina, Slovenský Raj, Slovenský Kras
Field work Data recording Output Workflow: conventional
Workflow: ATBI + M Data recording
Standardised Excel data sheets
for taxonomic data (species)
Workflow: ATBI + M, field tools Data recording with ArcPad
Workflow: ATBI + M Central database … . towards (global) data integration Data cleaning Data export
ATBI+M Mercantour / Alpi Marittime (since 2007): > 180 taxonomists > 5.700 species ATBI+M Gemer Region (since 2008): > 50 taxonomists > 2.500 species ATBI+M - Participation & Results
EDIT ATBI+M data portal
ATBI+M - Field Manual
Principles of large biodiversity inventories
Records and data management
Bioacoustics, Camera-trapping, DNA-barcoding
Habitat oriented methods
Forest canopy, soil & litter, limnology, marine
Taxa oriented methods
Fungi, bryophytes, higher plants, invertebrates,
arthropods, insects, vertebrates ...
Find here the tips & tricks to optimise your field work http://www.abctaxa.be/
ATBI+M – Outreach
ATBI+M – Public outreach presentations BioBlitz Repubblica August 2008
Challenges remaining ….
(personal) concerns with free / open sharing of data / information
reaching & convincing the audiences / stakeholders / users!
reducing the fragmentation / proliferation of data sources!!
sustaining the – virtual - infrastructure and contents!!!
ViBRANT kickoff meeting, MNHN, Paris 20-21 January 2011
Ongoing biodiversity observations >100.000 new data records every day ?!
Three take home messages – from EDIT - for ViBRANT: = measures for success !?!
S cience infrastructure : research = discovery / generation of new data / information / knowledge
O utreach: increase the partner / stakeholder / user community for the network = good communication!
S ustainability: ensure long-term usability and usefulness of the infrastructure & products (> 3, 5, 10 years ….)!
ViBRANT kickoff meeting, MNHN, Paris 20-21 January 2011
Many thanks to:
funding organizations: EC (DG RTD)
all EDIT partners + colleagues, especially those participating in WP7 (ATBIs+M), in particular:
Anke Hoffmann, Alexander Kroupa, Andreas Kunkel, Christiane Quaisser, Mark-Oliver Rödel: MfN, Berlin
Merijn Bos, Jutta Eymann , Fabian Haas , Joachim Holstein, Carlos Monje, Martin Nebel, Monika Pfeffer, Marcus Preussing, Axel Steiner : SMNS, Stuttgart
Walter Berendsohn, Agnes Kirchhoff, BGBM, Berlin; Klaus Riede: ZFMK, Bonn
Eduard Stloukal, Katharina I + II, Comenius University, Bratislava
Pierre Commenville, Marie-France Leccia: Parc national du Mercantour
Marta De Biaggi, Luca Giraudo, Patrizia Rossi: Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime
Philippe Bouchet, Vanessa Demanoff, Simon Tillier: MNHN, Paris
many other partners & colleagues, in particular:
Swen Renner , Peter Herkenrath: BirdLife International
Samy Gaiji, Nick King, David Remsen: GBIF Secretariat, Copenhagen