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mariajo I am a researcher at the University of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain), involved in a project beginning at the moment, dealing with an update of the available digital vegetation cartography of the region, using the habitat classification system provided by EUNIS. We are still in the first stages, but we foresee that certain habitat types in the region might not be included in the current online version of the classification (which I assume is the latest accepted). Just to work in the right direction from the very beginning, and searching through EUNIS webpage,

I found some indications in this sense in this document, available online: Moss D (2008) EUNIS habitat classification - a guide for users, and specifically in page 26: "Adding new habitat types to the EUNIS habitat classification". I paste below:
"An undertaking such as the development of a pan-European habitat classification will never be complete, since new research, inclusion of new reference material or extension of the geographical area covered will reveal more detailed habitat types which are not included in the current version of the classification. For this reason it is important for users to cite the EUNIS version date when the classification is used in their project. As mentioned above, the classification is designed to allow flexibility in admitting new habitat types, but it is also hoped that there should be stability in the existing classification, at least to level 3. The developers of the classification at the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity have set out a number of principles which should be respected when the classification is expanded. These are available on request (email with ‘EUNIS habitats’ as the subject). Users are strongly recommended to consult the Topic Centre when they wish to add new habitat types for use in their own particular applications. For example, in the study for the Veliko ratno ostrvo island near Belgrade illustrated above, the authors have included F9.4 [Amorpha fruticosa] scrub (this is an alien invasive plant). However a search of the EUNIS website will show only three level three habitats in F9 Riverine and fen scrubs: F9.4 was added by the authors of this study. It would be quite possible for researchers working on different riverine systems in another part of Europe also to add their own new F9.4 – and confusion would soon result. The preferred action would be to discuss the new habitat type with the Topic Centre’s experts who would then advise on how to code the new habitat type, and include it in the next published version."

Following these indications, I wrote a message to that email address last week, asking for the the principles which should be respected in case the classification is expanded, and asking some additional questions. I didn't get any answer, but since that document is several years old, I wonder if the contact email is not the same now, or if I should contact with somebody else among the developers of EUNIS to discuss these topics. Could you help me with this?

Thanks very much in advance for your attention!
All the best,

Mariajo Bañuelos
University of Oviedo - Spain

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Jun 09, 2017 02:59 PM

Mamun Hello Sir/Madam,

Hope you are doing well. I am Md.Mamun and Pursuing Master's course in Chungnam National University,Daejeon,South Korea under the Dept. of Biodiversity and Environmental Ecology.

I am new in research. I want to work on Risk assessment of invasive fish species , Species distribution modelling,Ecological Niche modelling, Habitat suitability Index.

I am facing many problems in my research. I am trying to know the working interface of MaxEnt,GARP,DIVA _GIS,MoDEco,Q-GIS,R programming.

I have species occurrence data with longitude and latitude. I can input this data and see my occurrence points in south korean river.

However, I also have water quality parameter data in the same occurrence points like DO,pH,water Temperature,Chl-a,Po4,SS, TN,TP,BOD,COD,EC,TDN etc.

I saw many website and papers they worked with species occurrence points with temperature ,precipitation, elevation and all of the software have same working interface.

However, I want to work on species occurrence points with my water quality parameters data and i want to present it in map. i can do with species occurrence points and see my data in map. But i do not know how can i show my water quality parameters data in the same map with same coordinate systems. I did not find any solutions.

Please give me some suggestions , recommendations. I am waiting for your favor response.

Sorry for any inconvenience .

Best regards

Chungnam National University,Daejeon,South Korea
Master's Degree
School of Bioscience and Biotechnology
Environmental Ecology Lab,305-306

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Oct 20, 2016 01:34 PM


Please help; Community at Risk
We are a small community in the south west of Ireland and our coastal community is in the verge of disaster due to coastal erosion and tidal flooding. Can someone
inform us how we can get some financial help to do some urgent dune restoration and preservation works. This is in a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protected Area. The local council have no money to repair damage to dunes or protect from tidal flooding.
Where do we apply for funding, what programme?


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Mar 15, 2016 03:22 PM
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Dec 18, 2015 03:11 PM

collopa Thank you for your effort to define a High Nature Value of European forests as part of the study on forest naturalness, but as almost all forests in Europe are no longer primary or even secondary forests - how can we define indicators valid across Europe while only ~ 4% of the European forests can be considered as natural?
The purpose of the HNV concept seems to be designed "to better safeguard natural and semi-natural areas supporting great diversity of species and habitats". Yet most European forests are replanted ones by mankind, so what could we measure in terms of indication of naturalness (1st what do we understand by "naturalness")?
As I understand the report the focus seems to be more on forestry activities in Europe, which can also have negative impacts on biodiversity as unsustainable forest operations can lead to forest degradation and loss of biodiversity. The HNV indicator is defined by IEEP as an HNV for farmland process, to also target: "all natural forests and those semi-natural forests in Europe, where the management (historical or present) supports a high diversity of native species and habitats."
That means 4% (at best) as natural forests, thus an inventory of the biodiversity of those forests should be done to base the HNV criteria upon. The report assimilates also semi-natural forests (still to be clearly defined) as included. The report also states:" If only one or a limited number of indicators are used, erroneous conclusions may be drawn". Yet the assessment of HNV is based on 5 indicators: "naturalness (still to be defined); the degree of human influence on the ecosystem; accessibility (expressed by the steepness of terrain and thus how accessible the forest is for management); growing stock (the volume of living trees); connectivity (forest availability and distance between patches of forests i.e. the extent to which the landscape facilitates or impedes the movement of species)."

The criteria include: "rare or threatened species, endemic species"; what is the definition in this context of endemic species for forest semi-natural? How can we be sure that the species have not been imported with planted trees 4/5 centuries ago and as then have disappeared in the rest of Europe?
Thank you in advance for clarifying these points for me.

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Sep 12, 2014 10:12 AM