BIOMONITOR workshop on Friday 25th November

A BIOMONITOR workshop will be organized on Friday 25th November 2022. The project is a part of the Ministry of the Environment’s biodiversity research program BIOMON that aims to develop long-term data and monitoring methods.

BIOMONITOR is a project funded by the Ministry of the Environment’s and it aims to develop Finnish species and biotopes long-term data and monitoring methods from a nature conservation perspective. During the workshop organized 25th of November around 30 key actors within Finnish nature monitoring gather together to discuss different topics. The participants represent e.g. the Finnish Environmental Institute, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Aalto University and University of Helsinki. There will be discussions about Operation Blueberry, bird line counting and pollinator monitoring as well as greetings from the BIOMONITOR project itself. Also a talk from New Zealand will be heard. Andrew Gormley will illustrate with examples how they keep track of the state of the environment in New Zealand.


9:00 – 9:45 Introduction to the workshop

  • Jarno Vanhatalo: The BIOMONITOR project and its objectives
  • Anna-Liisa Laine: Monitoring Biodiversity indices
  • Joona Lehtomäki: The social need for biodiversity monitoring: what are Finland's/EU's goals and needs for biodiversity monitoring?

9:45 – 10:15 Coffee & discussion
10:15 – 11:30 Experiences of developing monitoring programs

  • Andrew Gormley: How is the New Zealand monitoring programme structured?
  • Aleksi Lehikoinen: How was the Finnish bird line counting network planned?
  • Mikko Kuussaari: How was Finnish pollinator monitoring planned and implemented?
  • Tiina Tonteri: How was Operation Blueberry planned and implemented?
  • Katja Holmala: The future of game monitoring - visions and challenges

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:15 Greetings from the BIOMONITOR project

  • Elina Numminen: Analysis of the line counting network of Finnish birds
  • Emy Guilbault: Drivers of Finnish moth communities and implications for monitoring

13:15 – 14:45 Coffee & discussion
14:45 – 15:00 Closing remarks

  • Jarno Vanhatalo

15:00 – 15:30 Sparkling wine