GEO BON newsletter - May 2015
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1 News from the GEO BON Secretariat
2 GEO BON Projects
3 Other news from our network

1 News from the GEO BON Secretariat
Welcome Helen Matthey
by Christian Langer
Helen Matthey, a Linguist / Latin American Scientist, is replacing Ariane Korn during her parental leave as a multilingual secretary at the GEO BON Secretariat since the beginning of May.
She is assisting Henrique Pereira and Jörg Freyhof with their working groups and among other things, she is responsible for the supervision of the budget and the organisation of their meetings and workshops with all its correspondence.

New webpage online
by Christian Langer
GEO BON is excited to announce the launch of its newly designed webpage, which went live in April 2015 and is located at:

The site’s home page welcomes visitors with a clean uncluttered design. It has been our primary goal in developing this new site to include easy navigation to content, applications and products. Our website will be updated on a regular basis, with new application notes and other new content. Still there is a lot to do to have all the content ready and all our GEO BON products in place. Watch the new GEO BON website growing and see our regularly updated news section.
2 GEO BON Projects
GEO BON workshop: Towards a global system for assessing, monitoring and reporting on biological invasions
by Melodie McGeoch
Invasive alien species of animals, fungi and plants cost the taxpayer billions each year. There is a large European and global awareness that monitoring alien species movements... Read more
BON in a Box workshop in Colombia
by Mike Gill
GEO BON in partnership with Colombia’s Instituto von Humboldt held the first BON in a Box (Biodiversity Observation Network in a Box) regional workshop in Armenia, Colombia. Read more
Arctic BON: progress from the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna´s CBMP
by Courtney Price
The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program’s (CBMP) goal is to facilitate more rapid detection, communication, and response to the significant biodiversity-related trends and pressures affecting the Arctic.The CBMP organizes its efforts around the major ecosystems of the Arctic. It coordinates marine, freshwater, terrestrial...Read more
New online platform for freshwater ecosystems
by Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber
Lakes, rivers and wetlands provide a multitude of services to humanity. They cover a small proportion of the earth’s surface, but support major parts of global biodiversity. Read more
Bridging the gap between biodiversity data and policy reporting needs: An EBV perspective
A new study looks into the Essential Biodiversity Variables as an analytic framework to identify ways in which gaps between biodiversity data and policy reporting needs could be bridged. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Read more
Upcoming EU BON Workshop in Manaus, Brasil 20-24 July
by William Ernest Magnusson
In line with EU BON progresses and aims, a workshop in Manaus, Brasil 20-24 July, is scheduled for a targeted group of representatives of the different EU BON WPs or task....Read more
3 Other news from our network
IPBES Task Force meeting in Bonn, Germany
by Jörg Freyhof
Future Earth - A Symposium on Global Biodiversity Monitoring
by Walter Jetz
Several GEO BON members participated in the IPBES 2nd Meeting of the Task Force on Knowledge and Data in Bonn, April 2015. This meeting was embedded... Read more
From May 4 to May 6 at the Greenberg Conference Center in New Haven Connecticut, sponsored by Future Earth, YCEI,...Read more
Synthesis workshop on Biosecurity in Mountains
by Anibal Pauchard
Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS)
by Christian Hüttich
The aim of this workshop is to explore future risk of invasions of different groups of organisms in mountains by compiling existing data on the distribution of invasive species in major mountain regions around the world. Read more
The Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) – an EU H2020 funded project – starts on 1st June 2015 with a duration of 3 years and is coordinated by Jena-Optronik.
Read more
Wadden Systems Research Centre
by Katja Philippart
by Hassan Moustahfid
In April 2015, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) established the Wadden Systems Research Centre (WSRC). The website of the WSRC ( supplies easy access to those who would like to make use of the expert teams... Read more
United States Integrated Ocean Observing System  (U.S. IOOS®) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) working with Stanford University, University of California in Santa Cruz (UCSC), and the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center Environmental Research Division...Read more
IUCN Red List of Ecosystems workshop
by Miguel Fernandez
Map of Life´s new app: The world´s biodiversity in the palm of your hand
by Walter Jetz
The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems paves the path for a regularly updated monitoring system on global ecosystem distribution and status, an activity... Read more
Never has knowledge of the world’s biodiversity knowledge been more at your fingertips, thanks to a new smartphone app: the Map of Life. Read more
U.S Marine BON Team Meeting Agenda
by Woody Turner
36th ISRSE - International Symposium on Remote Sensing for Environment
by Martin Wegmann
On Friday, April 24, the three U.S. Marine BON projects funded by NASA, BOEM (U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management), NOAA, and Shell Global held an All Hands Meeting in College Park, Maryland, USA.  The agenda and several presentations from the meeting are available at
The 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing for Environment ( took place in May in Berlin. It is with more than 700 participants one of the biggest international remote sensing conferences focusing on environmental applications.
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