Work packages 2 (inventory of existing monitoring), 3 (assessment of user needs) and 4 (prioritisation) are closely interdependent and together 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).”
The expected outcome from WP4 is EURAPMON outcome 4: “Achievement of broad Europe-wide consensus on priorities among participant groups, including on: priority species for monitoring for and with raptors; priority scales for monitoring; priority geographic areas; preferred periodicity for monitoring; priority parameters to monitor; priority contaminants to monitor (and priority tissues to sample); priorities for methodological harmonization/ standardization; priority needs for skills, facilities; priority user-oriented outputs at European and EU scales.”
Resources to carry out monitoring of raptors are always limited therefore prioritization of species for inclusion is needed. A range of possible theoretical criteria for selection were discussed at EURAPMON workshop in Murcia in May 2013. These include: global responsibility for species; suitability for habitat change detection; suitability as biodiversity indicators; contaminant influence; specific threats to raptors; sensitivity to climate change. Practical criteria were also considered: existing monitoring coverage; and ease of monitoring of certain species.
At a joint session of for and with raptor monitoring groups we discussed a preliminary list of priority species for contaminant monitoring (separate lists for widespread and threatened species). Context of suitability (ecology and life history, distribution, conservation status, feasibility of monitoring/sample collection and resource needs) was considered. The for raptor monitoring group prepared a preliminary list of priority species for the monitoring of contaminants, drawing on knowledge of existing European monitoring coverage from the inventory of raptor populations status and trends monitoring.
For more information please see the full workshop Report.