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Subject: News, and an Electronic conference, on Biodiversity and Research
From: "Mark J. Costello" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Apr 1998 21:47:54 +0000

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Some news which may interest you:

1. A European Science Foundation study group has recently produced a plan
for marine biodiversity research. It is available on the web at:

2.  The Communication of the European Commission to its Parliament
concerning how the Convention on Biological Diversity would be implemented
by the European Union is available at
This is a most important document and covers all sectors, including research.
An email conference to discuss this communication will be starting soon (See
point 4 below).

3. The European Commission environmental research section of DGXII funded a
Working Group on Research and Biodiversity (EWGRB) in 1997 which produced a
report available on the world wide web. This report is being used to direct
research funding on biodiversity in  Europe.  Information is available on
the web at
There was limited marine and freshwater input to this group. However it is
still possible to contribute to its debate through an electronic conference
which has led on from the EWGRB to start shortly (see point 4 below). I will
be chairing the 'fisheries' section but the scope of this is as wide as we
wish, i.e. all marine activities which may be affected by or may be effected
by fisheries.  Offers of contributions are very welcome.

4. An electronic conference to discuss biodiversity research needs is to be
held from 4 May until 16 June 1998. One can participate by

(a) joining an email discussion group (i.e. a 'listserver' where messages
sent to a single address are automatically bounced back to all persons who
have 'subscribed').
You can subscribe to the email listserver by sending the message SUBSCRIBE
BIODIV <first name> <surname> to [log in to unmask], or through the
web site (see below).  You will receive an automatic reply providing
additional instructions.

(b) visiting (reading) the web site <>
and making contributions to the 'discussion Forum'  via this same web site.

5. The European Commission Statistical Office in collaboration with the
 European Environment Agency has produced a suite of indicators of pressures
 on the environment covering all sectors.  A full list of the methodology for
 deriving each indicator is available at Eurostat indicators of pressure on
marine and coastal biodiversity (

good reading

Dr Mark J. Costello,
Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe),
7 Glenmalure Park, Rialto,
Dublin 8, Ireland.
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Tel.  + 353-1- 490 32 37;
Home office - 453 31 95;
Fax  + 353-1- 492 56 94;
Mobile 087 - 239 339 0.

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