With an overarching goal to facilitate the protection and conservation of Greece’s natural environment and biodiversity, LIFE EL-BIOS aims to:
Design and develop a focal Biodiversity Information System in Greece that will be operated by the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA), following the principles underpinning environmental information systems’ framework at EU level.
Collaborate closely with all relevant stakeholders to integrate all existing biodiversity datasets into a single databank.
Support the development and/or adaptation of national biodiversity indicators:
- based on conservation and policy needs,
- including Earth Observation (EO) based-biodiversity indicators,
- in alignment with the principles of the Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) Framework and the European Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI) Framework.
Develop both the technical structure needed as well as the capacity of central government and de- centralized environmental authorities, for the use, operation, maintenance and updating of the Biodiversity Information System.
Gradually, lead the transition of policy-decision groups towards the adoption of EL BIOS, EO tools and emerging technologies it encompasses, by demonstrating its potential to improve, combine, analyze, and facilitate biodiversity data flow, meta- analysis and timely streaming of output information across environmental actors.
Monitoring biodiversity is essential not only for reporting obligations (EU Nature Directives, CBD etc.), but mainly due to the need to halt biodiversity loss and protect ecosystems (EU BD Strategy 2030).
Conservation depends on how efficiently and effectively nature and biodiversity are managed.
Well- informed and timely decisions require the availability of reliable and spatial explicit information, both from the ground as well as via innovative Earth Observation (EO) and field sensors.