Biotechnological Hub of the NIB (BTH-NIB)

The purpose of the investment project BTH-NIB is the assurance of the appropriate infrastructural conditions for the use of research and developmental opportunities in the fields of operation of the NIB.

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EURAPMON: Research and Monitoring for and with Raptors in Europe, RNP project of European Science Fundation

Project coordinator: Assist. Prof., PhD Al Vrezec

Coordinator for NIB: PhD Irena Bertoncelj

Duration: 1.5.2010 - 31.5.2015

Owls and birds of prey (commonly known as raptors) are top predators with a specific role in ecosystems which makes them susceptible to environmental change and as such useful environmental change indicators. The aim of Eropean Science Foundation  project EURAPMON (Research and Monitoring for and with Raptors in Europe«) is establishing international network and cooperation in research and monitoring of raptor populations (»for« raptor monitoring) and of presence of environmental contaminants (»with« raptor monitoring) in raptors.
Raptor monitoring is already established in some European countries but there is a need to reinforce national and sub-national initiatives and improve coordination at pan-European scale. EURAPMON’s objectives are: (1) to establish a sustainable and resource-efficient Europe-wide network for monitoring for and with raptors, linked to international networks; (2) to establish consensus on Europe-wide priorities for monitoring for and with raptors, 
based on a comprehensive inventory of existing monitoring and of needs of key users (policy makers, risk assessors, environmental managers); (3) to spread best practices and build capacities in Europe for harmonised monitoring for and with raptors; and (4) to build a web-based database, populated with interoperable data on European raptor populations and (contaminant and other) pressures on raptors in Europe, and to produce European- and EU-scale analytical outputs which meet priority user needs.
EURAPMON is funded by 15 European research organizations (including Slovenian Research Agency). Steering Committee includes 15 members and 6 Advisory Experts. At the end of 2012 Assist. Prof. Al Vrezec became the new Chair and Dr. Irena Bertoncelj the new coordinator, both affiliated with National Institute of Biology in Slovenia.
More information about the consortium, activities, results and the contact details of National Coordinators can be found on the project website
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