EURAPMON has completed several actions in order to reach the objective of work package 2: A comprehensive inventory of existing monitoring for and with raptors in Europe.
Work packages 2 (inventory of existing monitoring) is closely connected to work package 3 (assessment of user needs) and 4 (prioritisation) which all contribute to deliver EURAPMON objective 2: “to establish consensus on Europe-wide priorities for monitoring for and with raptors, based on comprehensive inventory of existing monitoring, and of needs of key users (policy makers, risk assessors, environmental managers)”.
In order to produce an inventory of existing monitoring we conducted two questionnaire based surveys: one of existing monitoring of contaminants in raptors (monitoring with raptors) and one of monitoring of raptors to support raptor conservation (monitoring for raptors).
We have appointment of National Coordinators whose role is to facilitate a high response rate within their respective countries.
The results of the questionnaire are published here as an inventory of the existing monitoring schemes of contaminants in raptors. You can download an Excel sheet that contains the findings of the project (as of 9 November, 2012) including an overview of monitoring schemes, their purpose, types of samples collected and a list of monitored contaminants.
The collated information was also be discussed at a EURAPMON workshop in Amsterdam in November 2012 and has been summarised in a scientific paper that examines current practices and gives recommendations as to how pan-European monitoring could be developed and the benefits it could deliver. The paper is currently under review process.
We organised two dedicated workshops: at the first workshop in Murcia in February 2012 participants shared and discussed overviews of existing monitoring for raptors in 26 countries. Papers derived from this workshop providing an overview of monitoring in 25 European countries were published in a special issue of Acrocephalus (Issue 33) which are now available on EURAPMON webpage (bottom of this page).
At the second dedicated workshop in Murcia in May 2013 a critical review was made of the inventory data gathered from a questionnaire survey. During workshop sessions, participants explored and agreed approaches to filling the current gaps in inventory coverage and contributed to the content of the subsequent review paper for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal which is now in preparation.
Acrocephalus special issue, volume 33, number 154/155, pages 141-336: