European biodiversity indicator process revitalized
During a small meeting of representatives of the European Environment Agency and its Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, the SEBI process was given new life. SEBI is the process of Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators that was launched around 2005 to help monitor progress in achieving global and European 2010 biodiversity targets. A set of 26 indicators was developed that was used in a European biodiversity baseline in 2010. A number of the indicators, available on BISE, have been updated since that time.
The team meeting at the EEA in Copenhagen on 3 December 2015, including ECNC as one of the initiators and coordinators of SEBI, reviewed the current policy context and needs, and how the indicator set can be used in future. Steps were agreed to review the set to ensure it is fit for purpose for monitoring progress in achieving the EU 2020 biodiversity target and related policy goals. In 2016, a review and updating process will be developed, as well as a governance plan to ensure a smooth flow of indicator development and use.