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ICP Vegetation

The ICP Vegetation was established in 1987 under the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP).The ICP Vegetation is an international research programme investigating the impacts of air pollutants on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation.

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Indicators of Climate Change in the UK

A report to identify a set of indicators which could be used to monitor how the climate of the United Kingdom is changing and how it may be affecting aspects of our lives and natural environment. ECN are able to provide data for many of these variables.

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INTERACT

INTERACT is an infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of 33 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program.

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International Long-term Ecological Research Networks (ILTER)

ILTER is a 'network of networks', a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER's focus is on long-term, site-based research.

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Local Nature Partnerships

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people who aim to help bring about improvements in their local natural environment. There are 48 LNPs across England.

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Marine Environmental Change Network

The Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN) is a collaboration between organisations in England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland collecting long-term time series information for marine waters.

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National Biodiversity Network

The NBN is concerned with making species data available to anyone interested in the UK’s biodiversity. It's aim is simple: capture wildlife data once in a standard electronic form; integrate data from different sources; and use the internet to enable data to be used many times in different ways by as many people as possible. NBN enables access to a wealth of UK biodiversity data via the NBN Gateway.

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National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD)

Air pollution travels over long distances, affects human health, degrades buildings and other man-made structures and adversely affects the natural environment through acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone. The European Community agreed to set emission ceilings through the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) to protect its citizens, its man-made structures and its diverse environments.

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Natural Environment White Paper

The Natural Environment White Paper is a bold and ambitious statement outlining the Government’s vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years, backed up with practical action to deliver that ambition.

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Nature Improvement Areas

Nature Improvement Areas are a new name for the “Ecological Restoration Zones” proposed by the Making Space for Nature review. Information is currently available on the Natural England website. There are 12 NIAs in England.

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Nature's calendar

In autumn 2000 the Woodland Trust joined forces with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to promote phenology to a far wider and larger audience. Almost 50,000 people across the UK are now involved with the Nature's Calendar survey.

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NERC 'soil biodiversity' thematic programme

The NERC programme 'Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function in Soil' was an integrated programme of research on the biological diversity of soil biota and the functional roles played by soil organisms in key ecological processes. It ran from 1997-2004 and was based at Sourhope in Southern Scotland, an ECN site.

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UK Biodiversity Indicators

A series of indicators of biodiversity status and trends, compiled from multiple data sources. ECN provides some of the source data

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UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme

The Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (BMS) was set up in 1976 to provide information on changes in the abundance of butterflies at selected monitored sites throughout the United Kingdom. The BMS has now merged with Butterfly Conservation's co-ordination of 'independent' transects. The resulting UKBMS dataset is an important resource for understanding changes in insect populations. The ECN terrestrial sites form part of the BMS.

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UK Climate Change Risk Assessment: Government Report

The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle. It sets out the main priorities for adaptation in the UK under 5 key themes identified in the CCRA 2012 Evidence Report – Agriculture and Forestry; Business, industries and Services; Health and Wellbeing; Natural Environment and Buildings and Infrastructure – and describes the policy context, and action already in place to tackle some of the risks in each area. It highlights the constraints of the CCRA analysis and provides advice on how to take account of the uncertainty within the analysis.

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UK Environmental Observation Framework (UKEOF)

The UK Environmental Observation Framework (UKEOF) strives to change the way the UK perceives, values, archives and uses information from observation activities by working across public departments and agencies, the voluntary sector, industry and academia.

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UK Eutrophying and Acidifying atmospheric Pollutants (UKEAP)

The UK Eutrophying and Acidifying atmospheric Pollutants (UKEAP) network project combines two Defra atmospheric pollutant monitoring projects which have measured air pollutants at rural sites across the UK over the past two decades. UKEAP sits within the wider framework of UK pollutant monitoring and contributes data to the UK and the international research effort investigating the flow of chemicals in the environment.

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UK National Ammonia Monitoring Network (NAMN)

This network is engaged in monitoring both gaseous ammonia (NH3) and a number of air pollutants with which it reacts. The ECN terrestrial sites form part of this network.

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UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program

The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme is an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme aiming to set a scientific basis for the improvement of the relationships between people and their environment globally. Launched in the early 1970s, it proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building that target the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss.

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