ABOL enters the next stage

Dear ABOL Community

It is our pleasure to announce that the ABOL coordination is funded for another 3 years, so that we can continue to record the Austrian biodiversity and to support the biodiversity community in general. The filling of the reference database is of course still the focus of our activities…
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Species-rich meadow in the Upper Austrian Alpine forelands (c) ABOL
Collecting excursion in the Northern Limestone Alps (c) ABOL
Collection of Pannonian wild bees at the Natural History Museum Vienna (c) NHM

Biodiversity fund - call now open!

As most of you probably know, the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) set up a biodiversity fund of € 5 million to implement the Austrian biodiversity strategy, helping to achieve the Austrian biodiversity goals. A call has just been opened for submitting project proposals, e.g. for monitoring projects!
More information (in German only): https://infothek.bmk.gv.at/biodiversitaetsfonds-ab-sofort-offen-fuer-einreichungen/
Our team is ready to coordinate joint applications.
Screenshot Biodivfonds

National Monitoring Center opened in Leipzig

Meeting the topic above, the National Monitoring Center for Biodiversity (NMZB) in Leipzig, Germany, was recently opened. It aims at creating a network for collecting monitoring data and making data better available. https://www.monitoringzentrum.de/ (in German only)
Such a center would be the order of the day for Austria as well.
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