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Extraordinary Inspire4Nature Supervisory Board Meeting

Inspire4Nature’s Supervisory Board held an extraordinary remote meeting on the 20th April 2020 to discuss the effects of the ongoing covid19 pandemic on the project.

The Supervisory Board is the decision-making body governing the Inspire4Nature Consortium, responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the project. It is composed of one member of each participant organisation, as well as two representatives of the fellows as observers. This extraordinary meeting was convened to discuss how the ongoing covid19 epidemic is affecting the project, including effects on the fellows’ individual training programme and consequences for the project-wide training programme.

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2nd Inspire4Nature Supervisory Board Meeting

The second meeting of Inspire4Nature’s Supervisory Board took place on the 28th September 2019 in Rome, hosted by Sapienza Università di Roma.

The Supervisory Board is the decision-making body governing the Inspire4Nature Consortium, responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the project. It is composed of one member of each participant organisation, as well as two representatives of the fellows as observers. The agenda of this second meeting focused on: overview of progress in the training programme, open access, financial management, discussion of the next training session and upcoming project deliverables.

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3rd Inspire4Nature Training Session

The 3rd Training Session – “Theory and practice of assessing species extinction risk” – trained fellows on the process of assessing species’ risk of extinction using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.

The fellows first learned about the key concepts, categories and criteria in a IUCN Red List Assessor Training Workshop. They then applied their new knowledge and stills by participating in the IUCN Red List Assessment of Southern European Freshwater Fishes workshop, supporting experts in freshwater fishes coming from across Europe.

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2nd Inspire4Nature Training Session

The 2nd Training Session – “Theory and practice of identifying globally important sites for biodiversity conservation” – was dedicated to training fellows on the process of identifying Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), using the Global Standard for the identification of KBAs.

Besides the 15 fellows, the session brought together external scientists specialised in different taxonomic groups of the Greek biota as well as KBA experts.  The programme included:

  • Criteria for identifying Key Biodiversity Areas, and guidelines for the implementation of the criteria and the delineation of KBA sites;
  • Background to the biodiversity, important sites and conservation areas of Greece;
  • A visit to a NATURA 2000 site in Rhodes Island;
  • A workshop on the practice of identifying KBAs for Greek species;
  • Fellows’ joint project work.

The training session took place from the 3-12 April 2019, at the beautiful Hydrobiological station of Rhodes (Greece), a historic landmark and a research unit of our host organisation, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).