Two new tools for supporting biodiversity policies in Europe are launched during the Green Week in Brussels by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency: the EU 2010 Biodiversity Baseline report and the Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE)
The Biodiversity Baseline provides some basic facts and figures of species, habitats, ecosystems and ecosystem services in Europe in 2010, upon which new targets can be discussed and measurements of progress can be made.
BISE is the single entry point for biodiversity information at European level, linking several information sources in support of the knowledge base. It is organised in five entry points: Policy, Topics, Data, Research, and Countries & networks. One main element of the BISE Data section is the Biodiversity data centre on species, habitats and protected sites in Europe. The European Biodiversity CHM network is integrated within BISE, in support of the CBD.
Both tools will be further developed to improve the science/policy interface and respective discussions at the forthcoming 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (October 2010, Nagoya, Japan).