'Beyond 2010' conference report available
The report of the conference Beyond 2010: strategies for understanding and responding to long-term trends in UK biodiversity, co-organised by ECN (CEH) and the Natural History Museum, is now available. You can download the report from here.
The UK boasts a rich history of biological and ecological surveying, monitoring and research, but very few monitoring programmes have been maintained for long enough to provide definitive data on long-term trends and provide the necessary guidance for future management. Those that have survived face an uncertain future, particularly in the current economic climate, while developments in scientific understanding and instrumentation reveal new areas of concern and opportunity where monitoring should play an important role in the future.
Through a series of talks from invited speakers, the conference - which attracted 125 delegates - aimed to:
consider current and likely future national requirements for biodiversity monitoring and research;
demonstrate the ways in which long-term studies have contributed to our understanding of key biodiversity-related issues;
illustrate through case-studies the challenges faced in improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of measurements; data processing, interoperability and analysis; and the communication of results;
explore opportunities to improve monitoring capability through recent developments in science, instrumentation, and public participation, and
consider the potential for synergies between programmes and future directions for this area of research.
Although the emphasis was on the UK, the conference was of international relevance, since many of the issues discussed are essentially global and often the solutions require international cooperation
The conference report is written by the principle organisers of the conference, with input from the speakers and conference Advisory Board members. It summarises the presentations given during the event as well as key points made by delegates during discussion sessions. The authors hope that the report provides a useful perspective enabling the development of more integrated biodiversity monitoring and research in the UK and elsewhere.
Report details: Sier, A.R.J., Monteith, D. and Brooks, S. (2011) Beyond 2010: Strategies for understanding and responding to long-term trends in UK biodiversity: Conference report. 42pp (unpublished report)
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