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ASSESSMENT OF USER NEEDS (Work Package 3)

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This work package was addressed at several EURAPMON workshops. The expected outcome from WP3 is EURAPMON Outcome 3: A comprehensive assessment of needs of key users (policy makers, risk assessors, environmental managers), including: data required; analysis required; required periodicity of data, analyses, reports; formats information is required in; resource-efficient delivery mechanisms; assessment against these needs of extent to which they may currently be met, opportunities and costs of being better met.

 

RESULTS

A working session entitled User needs at EU level was dedicated to this work package at the Final EURAPMON Conference in Murcia, Spain in March 2015.

This session focused on the needs of EU-level users of raptor research and monitoring data.

This includes users of data arising from (contaminant and other) monitoring with raptors, and users of data arising from (population) monitoring for raptors.

Consideration was given to:

  • needs (notably of the European Food Safety Agency EFSA) relating to EU chemicals regulations for environmental risk assessment of chemicals;
  • needs (notably of Member States for reporting to the European Commission) relating to the EU nature regulations (notably the Habitats and Birds Directive) for the assessment of favourable conservation status of species and habitats.

The consideration of user needs is one of the main objectives of EURAPMON. Indeed, only by making raptor R&M of relevance to a range of end users can we ensure the relevance of our work to society and attract resources to take forward raptor R&M in the future, and catalyse action for the conservation and restoration of raptor populations themselves.

The session included two presentations:

  • A presentation by Dr Jose Tarazona, Head of Pesticides Unit, European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) on the ‘Role of monitoring data with raptors in the EU environmental risk assessment of chemicals: Needs from regulatory scientific assessors.’
  • A presentation by Guy Duke on ‘EU needs in relation to Article 12 of the Birds Directive.’

The presentations were followed by discussion.

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this session was to build understanding among Conference participants of user needs at EU level, and to provide pointers for any EURAPMON follow-on project in terms of potential future network activities that would be most beneficial to EU-level end users.

 

ASSESSMENT OF THE RESULTS AND IMPACT OF THE EVENT ON THE FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF THE FIELD

The workshop session will have heightened awareness in the European raptor research and monitoring community of EU needs in relation to Art. 12 reporting on the Birds Directive, and of EU needs in relation to EU pesticides regulation. This will result in an improved contribution of the raptor research and monitoring community towards meeting these needs in future.

 

You can find the pdf of Final EURAPMON Conference report HERE.