BiodivERsA Policy Briefs
Policy briefs to reach out to the policy makers
BiodivERsA partners are pleased to announce the publication of the first two BiodivERsA policy briefs. The work, coordinated on behalf of BiodivERsA by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, has procured IUCN Europe – Brussels, to act as interpreters/intermediaries in the dissemination of key BiodivERsA-funded research results to policy-makers, linking the new knowledge to major European policies.
The first policy brief (available here) focuses on Wildlife diseases, highlighting their increase and the threat they pose to Europe’s biodiversity, and proposing policy recommendations using the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) fungus as an example. The 4-page brief is building on the BiodivERsA-funded RACE project (see project page here), lead by Dr. Matthew Fisher, whom has carried out research on the Bd fungus and has quantified its threat in Europe while improving knowledge on the key causes of its spread. One of the final outcomes of the project is a European Threat Abatement Plan soon to be released. The alarming data revealed by the project show the need to address the problems posed by the increasing spread and impact of wildlife diseased in Europe by developing and adopting adequate policy action for which the brief proposes precise recommendations. As warned in the briefing, a new fungal disease was recently discovered on fire salamanders in the Netherlands, indicating the immediate relevance of the recommendations.
The second policy brief (available here) is focusing on the conservation of threathened and vulnerable insects in the context of changing land use and climate. This brief builds on the BiodivERsA-funded CLIMIT project (see project page here), lead by Dr. Josef Settele. The brief gives some specific recommendations to contribute significantly to reaching the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, and to fulfill the obligations in the EU Habitats directive. Appropriate adaptive management measures, in particular those integrating ecological knowledge and promoting habitat patches and heterogeneity plus connectivity in the landscape, are highlighted as beneficial to insect conservation.
These two policy briefs are part of a series of briefings produced by BiodivERsA aiming to inform policy makers on key results of selected BiodivERsA funded projects, and to provide them with specific recommendations. They also illustrate the high pertinence of BiodivERsA’s work, and of the research it funds across Europe.