The great Capricorn beetle is extinct on the Swedish mainland, but is considered a key species. It creates habitats for other species, supports natural decay of old trees, and offers an important food source for other animals. LIFE is reintroducing the beetle as part of a project to improve the conservation status of degraded wooded pastures and meadow habitats.
A recent JRC study reveals that from 2010 to 2018, countries made significant efforts in shifting their national biodiversity conservation strategies in favor of more and better connected protected area systems, in line with the Aichi Target 11.
Rivers in Europe are so congested with concrete obstructions like weirs, bridges and other man-made barriers that they no longer flow freely, which harms the wider environment. Removing these blockages could restore these vital aquatic ecosystems to their former glory.
A study of two forest ecosystems in Spain has found that land-cover maps of watersheds, ecosystems hosting key interactions between vegetation, wildlife, and water, are made more accurate by the inclusion of LiDAR data — a type of remote sensing that pulses laser light at a target to measure vertical distances for use in 3D-mapping an environment.
To estimate the losses of wild pollinators across Great Britain, a study mapped records of 353 wild bee and hoverfly species, collected across the country from 1980 to 2013. It found that a third of species decreased, while a tenth increased.
Soil biodiversity, soil quality, and soil health are integral to protecting the natural environment. Soils are crucial to food production and human well-being, as highlighted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The abundance of soil biota is of great importance for the provision of associated ecosystem services (ES) and fundamental driver of self-regulation in soil.
Birds and butterflies are sensitive to environmental change and their population numbers can reflect changes in ecosystems as well as in other animal and plant populations. Trends in bird and butterfly populations can, therefore, be excellent barometers of the health of the environment. The status of birds and butterflies has been the subject of long-term monitoring in Europe, much of it via voluntary effort. Both species groups have a strong resonance with the interested public and are good examples of how the power of citizen science can be released through effective targeting.
This workshop in Athens aims to bring together experts and managers to present and discuss best practices, available methods and tools for managing direct impacts on seagrass meadows, as well as explore funding opportunities for the implementation of concrete conservation actions at local and regional scales.
Tapping into the genetic diversity contained within the seeds of wild relatives and forgotten crop plants could help farmers decrease their dependency on global agribusiness and grow food better suited to local conditions.
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission to a question (Rule 130) by Margrete Auken (Verts/ALE) on ‘Commission assessment of progress in curbing biodiversity loss and meeting objectives and obligations under the Birds and Habitats Directives’.
As climate change worsens, natural disasters like forest fires are becoming more destructive. Firefighters and other emergency service providers often feel outmatched. An EU-funded project is helping these first responders improve their coordination and equipment to keep Europeans safe.
A recent JRC-led article found that the number of alien/non-indigenous marine species in EU Member States were strongly underestimated in initial reports, and calls for greater coherence in monitoring practices and guidelines for determining the status of specific species groups.
In a new JRC-led article, leading global scientists bring existing environmental footprints into a single environmental footprint family that can be used to more accurately assess, and identify ways to ensure, local and planetary environmental sustainability.