A new report, published on 29 March by the European regional development fund-supported BID-REX project, From biodiversity data to decisions: enhancing natural value through improved regional development policies, reveals ten key messages to unleash the power of biodiversity information in decision-making.
The findings are the culmination of three years’ work by nine partners from across Europe, and relate to all the key components surrounding data – from collection and management, to its use. This provides data collectors, managers and users with a useful guide on the power of data, what to do with it, and why. One of the key messages, for example, delves into how data can have many lives: “it can be repurposed, adapted and applied for multiple function”, concluding with the adage: “collect once, use many times.”
Gerard Bota, BID-REX Project Leader, said: “This report is a huge milestone, and the direct result of hard work over the last three years. By working with partners across Europe to share concerns, ideas and examples of best practice, we have learnt new approaches to solve common issues. We hope that this document inspires other stakeholders across Europe, helping them to bring biodiversity data and decisions closer together; which is key to conserving nature, both now and in the future.”
UNEP-WCMC provided technical and communications support to the project partners. Matthew Ling, who led the delivery of the report said: “The report provides a practical and easily applicable reference document. It will be useful for anyone working with biodiversity data - from those collecting and providing the data, right up to end users such as decision makers, needing to call upon and apply data in their day to day actions. The regional partners have done an excellent job in encapsulating their collective experience and lessons of how data can be best applied to protect our natural capital.”
To read the report please visit the BID-REX website.