Two more gaps in our knowledge of biodiversity in the EU are being addressed: the results of the first Cencus of Marine life and the European Atlas of soil biodiversity have been recently made available. At the same time, the 2010 assessment of the EU Biodiversity Action Plan has been completed by the European Commission and the European Parliament Council has endorsed the EU strategic objectives for the upcoming 10th Conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Two of the big unknown elements of biodiversity, marine life and soil biodiversity are being approached at the European level. The Results from the First Census of Marine Life (http://origin.coml.org/) and the European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity (http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/library/maps/biodiversity_atlas/) are now available.
The EU Biodiversity Action Plan, adopted in 2006, is the main policy document addressing biodiversity loss in the EU. The 2010 assessment of the responses to biodiversity policy is published by the European Commission, DG Environment, 08/10/2010: 2010 Assessment of EU Biodiversity Action Plan (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/comm2006/index_en.htm)
The EU strategic objectives for COP10 have now been endorsed by the European Parliament (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-TA-2010-0353+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN)