To provide an update on the current and emerging trends in biodiversity the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has assessed 24 different indicators. This aims to provide a clear way to identify and address problems facing biodiversity in the UK. These indicators have been based on a total of fifty measures and the full report can be found here.
A recent study has assessed the value of the Natura 2000 network, a European network of protected wildlife sites, to be €300bn a year. This is the equivalent of 2-3% of the European Union GDP. The estimated value of the site network is far higher than the current funding allocated to preserving the sites, and justifies continued or even increased funding of nature protection at the European scale.
Alan Feest from Ecosulis has been appointed to one of the international study group considering the externalities of the use of water in agriculture and the growth of maize crops. After a series of telephone conferences all the study groups convened at the Stephen Hawking Centre in Cambridge University on Friday 20th July.