By detailing national reporting processes and data flows in several European Union member states, this project will explore how changes to GBIF tools and procedures could streamline and improve biodiversity reporting across the region. The project team will identify and summarize best practices and share the resulting recommendations with both the GBIF Secretariat and other European Nodes.
This project will start by documenting both the biodiversity reporting mechanisms and the partners' experiences in Belgium, France, Ireland, Norway and Portugal. This review of various processes is expected to lead to proposed best practices and recommendations while improving understanding of stakeholder needs and procedures for data and decision-making.
Following an informal kickoff meeting with the project partners in Helsinki, the first project workshop was held in Brussels in October 2017 assessing nationally how EU reporting works based on a common methodology. The second project workshop was held in Paris in May 2018 comparing the five national use cases.
The GBIF nodes has conducted interviews to describe the different use cases as the project moves towards the second phase. This includes a comparison of national assessments to extract best practices and give recommendations to GBIF Secretariat and European Nodes.
Information produced as part of the project has been stored using the Open Science Framework, which has proved a beneficial repository for accessible data.
The project is now working on gathering more national use cases.