BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES
Biodiversity at all levels is impacted by global-scale drivers of environmental change, such as habitat degradation and loss, overexploitation and climate change. The pressures exerted on biodiversity and ecosystems are likely to increase in future. In addition, feedbacks exists between the response of biodiversity and ecosystems with these drivers of change. Consistent monitoring of biodiversity change to understand the impacts of environmental change, and the resulting feedbacks, as well as use of projections of future biodiversity dynamics can support decision making that is intended to slow biodiversity loss.
bioDISCOVERY seeks to mobilise the scientific community to advance research on monitoring, observation and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystems in order to improve our understanding of how biodiversity and ecosystems respond to environmental change, and to overcome the barriers that impede the use of observations and modelling in management and decision-making.