A grant to further improve the capabilities of the EBP project

      A new LIFE grant will help to further improve the capabilities of the EBP project during the next years.

      The project, entitled “Improving the capabilities of the EuroBirdPortal project in order to boost its contribution towards EU policy objectives under the Birds Directive and the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy", in short "LIFE EBP reinforcement" (project 101104367 — LIFE22-PLP-ES-EBP reinforcement), main aim is to improve the quantity and quality of bird-related data in Europe to enhance their contribution to EU policy objectives under the EU Birds Directive and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

      To do so, the EBP will closely work with the two other EBCC projects (the European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (EBBA2) and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS)), as the combination of their different datasets and know-how will certainly increase the overall value of the policy relevant outputs. 

      Specifically, the main objectives of project are:

              1) Improving the geographical coverage and the overall quality of the bird-related data collected in Europe by increasing participation, data collection and use of more structured data collection protocols, particularly, in SE and E Europe.

              2) Adding all the species recorded in Europe to the EuroBirdPortal (EBP) data flow making full use of the EBP data standard and updating the EBP viewer accordingly.

              3) Producing two demonstrative outputs that showcase how the improved capabilities of the EBP project could be applied to help implement key EU Biodiversity Strategy goals.

              The project has a duration of three years and a half (July 2023 to December 2026) and an overall cost of 1.110.605,44 €, of which 90% (999.544,89 €) are financed by the European Union.

              The LIFE EBP reinforcement will be coordinated by the Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre (CREAF) and has nine associated beneficiaries: the Catalan Ornithological Institute (ICO), the Czech Society for Ornithology (CSO), the Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (SOVON), the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), the Ornithological society "Naše ptice" (OD NASE PTICE), the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR), the Center for Protection and Research of birds of Montenegro (CZIP) and the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS).

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