BioScore 2.0 biodiversity impact assessment tool reviewed by end users – report available
On 16 October 2014, on behalf of PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency), ECNC organized and co-facilitated a workshop for the potential users of the BioScore 2.0 tool. The aim of the workshop was to involve a number of key European stakeholders or potential user groups, to communicate with them about BioScore 2.0, to identify their needs and to receive their feedback on a draft version of the revised tool, in order for it to be as widely applicable as possible. Ahead of the workshop the participants received a draft report presenting the BioScore 2.0 tool as well as the summary of the reviews of the tool by three dedicated reviewers.
The potential use of the model was discussed, as well as the options for its improvement. It was concluded that BioScore 2.0 can be a useful tool for policymakers and that it has many different potential uses, such as providing information at European level policymaking, for EU28 or at the biogeographical, national and perhaps even county scale. BioScore 2.0 can help to specify policy options and actions. However, it should be made clear what the model can and cannot do. Numerous options for improvement of the model were discussed, including how to improve the pressures that the model describes, how to improve trust in the model and how to communicate the products which can be derived from the model better. The workshop provided many useful suggestions and practical options with which BioScore 2.0 can be further developed.
The workshop took place in Brussels and was attended by 20 participants, including a representative of DG Environment of the European Commission.
A report of the workshop, containing the minutes and the outcomes as well as all the presentations, can now be downloaded on the right.
For more information please contact Kristijan Čivić.