Date: 25 November 2022
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 2022 around 30 key actors within Finnish nature monitoring gathered together to discuss different topics. The participants represented e.g. the Finnish Environmental Institute, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Aalto University and University of Helsinki. There was 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 was heard when Andrew Gormley illustrated with examples how they keep track of the state of the environment in New Zealand.
9:00 – 9:45 Introduction to the workshop
9:45 – 10:15 Coffee & discussion
10:15 – 11:30 Experiences of developing monitoring programs
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:15 Greetings from the BIOMONITOR project
13:15 – 14:45 Coffee & discussion
14:45 – 15:00 Closing remarks
Date: 18–19 November 2021
REC, in cooperation with the Finnish Ecosystem Observatory (FEO), organized a two-day event (in Finnish).
During the workshop, researchers from the REC research team presented the broader perspective that emerged from monitoring different species groups. What can we learn from combining different observations?
On Friday the 19th, a panel session with the Finnish Environment Minister Emma Kari took place at the Science Corner (Helsinki). The topic was "Monitoring Finland's nature - how to monitor, compile and take into account living capital?".
Date: 4 December 2020
REC and the Forum for Environmental Information organised an event open to everyone (in Finnish) in December 2020, presenting recent research about drastic changes in Finnish nature. The significance of the research results and the use of the information were discussed together with the Minister of the Environment Krista Mikkonen, decision-makers and practitioners.
Date: 14 February 2019
Information about the past is stored in long-term data collected from nature, and the Big Data era constantly provides us with new information on current changes. Recent methodological developments including remote sensing and social media can complement time-series data to help truly understand how and why biodiversity is changing.
The event included a panel discussion with scientists, industry and policymakers to tackle key questions such as: What is ecology, where can we see it and why should we care? What ecological information is needed to support decision-making and sustainable bioeconomy? Can computer simulations replace long-term data as funding levels are declining? We invited the audience to pose critical questions as well!