The European Observatory of Wildlife (EOW)
“A network of observation points to monitor wildlife at European scale”
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The European Observatory of Wildlife (EOW) pretended role is gaining a general and reliable view on the status and trends of European wildlife populations. In the mid/long-term the observatory will provide access to a broad collection of harmonized comparable data on wildlife, analyses and forecasting population abundance and distribution patterns. Therefore, building up a network of “observation points” is mutually beneficial, applying common population estimation protocols and data collection standards to facilitate harmonization and interoperability.
To maintain a network alive for wildlife monitoring, we will provide sound, independent guidance on methods and protocols for those involved in implementing wildlife monitoring, supporting collaborators (observation points), providing training, and facilitating field design, data processing and analysis.
1. Promoting networking applying harmonized wildlife population monitoring
Initial inclusion of different study areas representing all European countries
2. Improvement of the Observatory
Further, the design of the observatory (nº & distributions of study sites) will be optimized to provide representative unbiased estimates of population trends
3. Trend data for wildlife (terrestrial mammals)
Trend data will be openly published and a forum for partners and collaborators will address developing integrated monitoring
4. Integrated Monitoring
Wildlife monitoring integrates different taxa and ecological variables (integrated monitoring) such as wildlife diseases
Figure above. Initially, the EOW is born prioritizing the initial inclusion of different study areas representing all European countries. Initially, beyond the population data generated by the observation points, it is key to promote networking applying harmonized wildlife population monitoring at European level, as a pilot experience. Further, the design of the observatory (number and distributions of study sites) will be optimized to provide representative unbiased estimates of population trends.