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1 Biodiversity research at the Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University and the Bioplatform project by Eduardas Budrys,

2 Vilniaus Universiteto Ekologijos institutas (EI) Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University (IEVU) Akademijos 2, Vilnius LT-08412, LITHUANIA Tel./Fax

3 Vilniaus Universiteto Ekologijos institutas (EI)

4 Dept. of Ecological Physiology, Ethology and Parasitology Dept. of Terrestrial Ecosystems Dept. of Aquatic Ecosystems Structure Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University

5 Dept. of Terrestrial Ecosystems Major research trends Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University sensitivity, vulnerability, adaptation and microevolution of terrestrial ecosystems and their constituent parts under the impact of global climate change and anthropogenic load

6 Major research trends Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University functioning, adaptation and evolution of aquatic ecosystems under the impact of global climate change and anthropogenic load Dept. of Aquatic Ecosystems

7 Major research trends Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University physiological and ethological mechanisms of animal population management; diversity of parasitic organisms and their functions in ecosystems Dept. of Ecological Physiology, Ethology and Parasitology

8 Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University All departments of IEVU conduct research into processes & functions of various ecosystems, consequently, research into biodiversity that implements these processes & functions of the ecosystems

9 Basic facilities GIS group: computerized geographical information system for digitized and remote sensing data analysis, used for ecosystem and habitat diversity studies Molecular laboratory: equipment for isoenzyme, DNA and RNA sequencing, PCR, and other molecular diversity research Research vessel: studies of Baltic Sea and Curonian lagoon ecosystems Microscopes, other laboratory and field research equipment, etc. Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University

10 Important collections more than 10,000 slides of blood Protista (probably unique in the Eastern Europe) collection of parasitic Plathelminthes insect collection – more than 500,000 specimens collection of Lithuanian mammal sculls etc. Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University

11 Publications, issued by the Institute of Ecology Publishers  Acta Zoologica Lituanica (4 issues/year) 60-70% of articles deal with biodiversity  Monographs and other books (1-2/year) ca. 90% concern biodiversity Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University

12 Participation in FP5 Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University BEEP: Biological Effects on Environmental Pollution in marine coastal ecosystems FAME: Development, evaluation and implementation of a standardized fish-base assessment method for the ecological status of European rivers FaEu-NAS: Fauna Europaea extension to NAS countries Bioplatform: European Platform for Biodiversity BIOFORUM-NAS: European Biodiversity Forum – implementing the ecosystem approach ENBI: European Network for Biodiversity Information

13 Recent cataloguing (and in some cases status assessment) of Lithuanian Fauna: Biodiversity research Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University Parasitic Protista Helminths Crustacea Odonata Lepidoptera Trichoptera Hymenoptera Diptera Cyclostomata Pisces Amphibia Reptilia Aves Mammalia

14 E.g., recent descriptions of new species from Europe (valid names according to Fauna Europaea draft database 2004) S. Pakalniškis: 22 new species (Diptera: Agromyzidae) A. Jakimavičius: 10 new species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) V. Jonaitis: 6 new species (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) Biodiversity research Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University

15 Partnership in the FP5 Bioplatform project Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University The goal of the Bioplatform project is: to support the "European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy" (EPBRS)

16 Participation at EPBRS conferences Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University 2001 Sweden: Sigtuna Belgium: Brussels 2002 Spain: Almeria Denmark: Silkeborg 2003 Greece: Mythimna Poland: Bialowieza Italy: Florence 2004 Ireland: Killarney

17 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy EPBRS is an European forum for scientists and policy makers to ensure that research contributes to halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010

18 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy EPBRS an informal platform to exchange views and ideas to develop a biodiversity research strategy for Europe The bi-annual EPBRS meetings have been systematically linked to the EU presidency

19 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy EPBRS ensures the information flow between science and policy between all states associated to the running Framework Programme and the European Commission

20 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy EPBRS is a self-sustaining platform where scientists, policymakers & stakeholders exchange views and combine forces to plan, implement and exploit the research needed to reduce biodiversity loss and underpin the conservation and sustainable use of the components of biodiversity in Europe

21 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy EPBRS …and produces recommendations addressed to EC and other responsible science policy authorities

22 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy Impact and influence is only possible if EPBRS produces useful results

23 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy Mission components of ERA for biodiversity research discussion on the EC biodiversity priorities dissemination of best practices information on national biodiversity activities networking that leads to long-term co-operation stimulation of partnership within countries comparison of experiences regarding the role of science in the implementation of EU directives opportunity for EC and national officials to communicate on emerging decisions etc.

24 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy Membership at the EPBRS meetings Ideally the delegations should be composed of a senior scientist working in the field of biodiversity who has responsibilities related to policy making, and a policy-maker with responsibilities for biodiversity research wherever possible members should be selected from national delegations to CBD SBSTTA* meetings *Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

25 European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy EPBRS collaborates with the national biodiversity platforms: Austrian Network Environmental Research Belgian Biodiversity Platform Czech Bioplatform Finnish Biodiversity Research Programme FIBRE French Institute of Biodiversity Hungarian Biodiversity Platform Irelands National Platform for Biodiversity Research Scottish Biodiversity Forum Swedish Biodiversity Centre Swiss Biodiversity Forum UK Biodiversity Partnership etc.

26 National Biodiversity Platforms general aims  raise the effectiveness of national biodiversity research: define a national biodiversity research strategy implement interdisciplinary research programmes that involve natural and social scientists improve the exchange of information between national researchers and policy makers identify gaps in knowledge, to establish plans to fill them  encourage European cohesion in biodiversity research: help to link the national biodiversity research activities to international ones bring out the strong points of national research, transfer knowledge locally, regionally and, through the EPBRS, throughout Europe

27 National Biodiversity Platforms general activities participation in the establishment of priorities for national research programmes in biodiversity dissemination of biodiversity research results in political, administrative and scientific communities focusing attention of scientists on key scientific problems of public interest collaboration with the national Clearing House Mechanism meetings and seminars between scientists and stakeholders information exchange with corresponding national platforms in other countries participation in the CBD process, ENBI, GBIF, DIVERSITAS, etc.

28 National Biodiversity Platforms partners and participants Participants normally include natural and social scientists representing nationally important research organisations key individuals from policy-making organisations such as ministries and funding agencies. It is also often helpful to include natural history museums, botanical gardens the national environment agency or its equivalent national biodiversity research networks relevant national non-governmental organisations industry and private companies

29 National Biodiversity Platforms partners and participants Typically: a forum where scientists and policy makers meet periodically to discuss the preferred strategic direction for biodiversity research. In some cases: salaried staff seconded from appropriate institutions. It may be a permanent network of interested organisations, with a secretariat. As a minimum, it is sometimes possible that a single dedicated and highly motivated individual may be able to undertake many of the core tasks of the platform.

30 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum Lithuanian Biodiversity Research Forum / Network / Centre / Group (5/2/1/1)  Would it be useful? All respondents of questionnaire: yes (9/9)  Organisation: informal network: 3/9 working group at the Academy of Sciences: 2/9 program of the Lithuanian Science and Studies Foundation: 2/9 public institution: 1/9 department of the Ministry of Environment, responsible for the national CHM: 1/9

31 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum aims  to participate in formation of the national biodiversity research strategy yes  to coordinate biodiversity research at the national level yes, but depends on organization  to rise public awareness and promote knowledge of biodiversity values yes

32 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum objectives  to participate in formation of the national biodiversity research strategy to define the national biodiversity research priorities, ensuring discussion of scientists, policy- makers and stakeholders yes to help responsible policy-makers and practitioners to understand the science-based requirements of biodiversity research yes to ensure participation of researchers in defining of scientific aspects of the biodiversity conservation yes to promote development of the national biodiversity research programs in consistency with the international ones yes

33 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum objectives  to coordinate biodiversity research at the national level to inform researchers, policy-makers and practitioners about biodiversity-related projects yes to identify gaps in knowledge of the country’s biodiversity, to promote projects to fill them yes to ensure that of researchers in defining of scientific aspects of the biodiversity conservation yes to promote development of the national biodiversity research programs in consistency with the international ones yes

34 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum objectives  to rise public awareness and promote knowledge of biodiversity values to promote dissemination of biodiversity research results to policy-makers and practitioners responsible for conservation yes, but respecting IPR to promote awareness of society of biodiversity (scientific, social, ethical etc.) values, the CBD and importance of science input to its implementation yes to inform researchers about the achievements and priorities of biodiversity research in the other European countries and co-ordinate research effort with them yes to promote best national biodiversity research and conservation practices at European level yes

35 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum activities  website with working documents and links to Lithuanian, European and world resources on biodiversity information, etc. yes  development of biodiversity research programs 6/9  electronic conferences 4/9  yearly conferences/workshops 7/9  electronic bulletin 6/9

36 Lithuanian biodiversity research forum funding  resources of forum partners 3/9  funding by projects of partners & their consortia 3/9  inter-institutional program of the Lithuanian Science and Studies Foundation, developed during /9  support by participants – sponsors 3/9

37 Ačiū! Thank you! Eduardas Budrys,


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