Action points from the EUNIS Habitat classification meeting,
October 2011
Revision and development of the current version of the classification
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revisit the marine classification and consider if the classification should
recognize a biogeographical division
Terrestrial and freshwater habitat types:
As a short term improvement, revisit archaic language in levels 4-6, and
check cross references are coherent,
In the longer term, consider developing level 4 (& 5?) rather than using the
Palaeaeartic classification
propose a solution to the problem of lakes Lakes level 3 going into
terrestrial level 4
repeat the exercise done on marine habitats by EUSeaMap cross tabulating
parameters and checking the classification is complete for the terrestrial
habitats
update the syntaxa/EUNIS cross-walks
develop links to WFD typologies
Update, maintenance and development of the EUNIS Web tool
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make crosswalk to the EEA European forest classification available
update links to Annex I Interpretation manual
show the distribution of habitat classes at level 3 based on work done by
Dorian Moss
make a summary of the 2011 IT and content developments
Improve facility for making comments on the classification
Consider adding a Bern Convention Resolution 4 entry point in the “Habitat
search tool”
Governance of the classification:
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Prepare proposal for EIONET
Identify contact points for national classification systems in EIONET and in
other countries where relevant
Investigation and preparation of data sets for use
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Habitat types in Natura 2000 & Emerald sites: Take account of introduction
of the new SDF & probable updating of habitat data, then links to sites and
habitats will need to be updated.
Detection of habitat change or change in habitats quality (from Article 17
reporting), might be possible, with link to monitoring structures in place
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Generation of large data sets by up scaling from research data, relating to
prediction of change: possibilities to be investigated by EEA contract in
2012.
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Further develop cross-walks between EUNIS habitat classification and
methodologies – methodologies are also defining which classifications to use.
Communication of our work in progress
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To EIONET Biodiversity NRC meeting ( end October 2011) and BISE/CHM
meeting ( November 2011)
To the EU FP 7 research project KNEU (November 2011)
A more extended presentation to EEA staff of the various products
originating from the European Vegetation Survey, including (a) the Overview
of European Vegetation & Crosswalk to EUNIS, (b) the map of the natural
vegetation of Europe, (c) the Global Index of Vegetation Databases and (d)
SynBioSys Europe ( early 2012, possibly January) .
To the European Vegetation Survey (EVS) core group, February 2012 in
Brno, and the next EVS meeting in Vienna, May 24-28, 2012.
At the meeting in San Sebastian organized by MESH (April 2012) (Doug
Evans, ETC/BD invited)
Task
Activities
Who will
clarify and
propose next
steps
Priority
Revision and
development of the
current version of the
classification (marine)
Revisit the marine classification
consider a biogeographic division
ETC-BD
High
Revision and
development of the
current version of the
classification
Review and improve archaic language
in level 5-6
(terrestrial and
freshwater habitat
types )
Update, maintenance
and development of
the EUNIS Web tool
EEA
DG Env
ETC-BD
High
CoE
Propose a solution to the problem of
lakes: lakes level 3 going into
terrestrial level 4
repeat the exercise done on marine
habitats by EUSeaMap cross
tabulating parameters and checking the
classification is complete for the
terrestrial habitats
Revisit the syntaxa/EUNIS crosswalks
ETC-BD
(with EVS)
Medium
Develop links to WFD typologies
(expected to be available summer
2012 )
ETC-BD?
Medium
Make crosswalk to the EEA European
forest classification available
EEA
High
ETC-BD
High
2013?
Make a summary of the 2011 IT and
content developments
Improve facility for making comments
on the classification
Governance of the
classification
Prepare governance proposal for
EIONET countries consultation
EEA
Identify contact points for national
classification systems in EIONET
(All major revisions and new versions
should go to consultation with
EIONET and CoE)
Investigation and
preparation of data
sets for use
Take account of introduction of the
new SDF & probable updating of
habitat data;
Detection of habitat change or change
in habitats quality (from Article 17
reporting), possible link to monitoring
structures
Show the distribution of habitat classes
at level 3.
Generation of large data sets by up
scaling from research data, relating to
prediction of change: possibilities to be
investigated by EEA contract in 2012.
Further develop cross-walks between
EUNIS habitat classification and
methodologies – methodologies are
also defining which classifications to
use.
Communication of
our work in progress
EEA
DG ENV EEA
ETC-BD
EEA
EEA possibly
using a
contractor – if
budget allows
To EIONET Biodiversity NRC
meeting (end October 2011) and
BISE/CHM meeting (November 2011)
EEA
To the EU FP 7 research project
KNEU (November 2011)
EEA
Write up the report of the EUNIS
meeting to discuss in EIONET
Working meeting with relevant EEA
staff: extended presentation of the
various products originating from the
European Vegetation Survey,
including (a) the Overview of
European Vegetation & Crosswalk to
EUNIS, (b) the map of the natural
vegetation of Europe, (c) the Global
Index of Vegetation Databases and (d)
SynBioSys Europe (early 2012,
possibly January). How to combine
ETC-BD
EEA
Long
term
with EUNIS?
To the European Vegetation Survey
(EVS) core group, February 2012 in
Brno, and the next EVS meeting in
Vienna, May 24-28, 2012.
ETC-BD
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Action points from the EUNIS Habitat classification meeting