Leader Asko Lõhmus
The key question how biodiversity can be integrated with models of economic development still has no satisfactory answer. We are aware of the huge variation of biotic responses to anthropogenic pressures, but there is currently no framework to incorporate these variations into simple environmental management decisions. FIBIR members have recently been involved in several discussions of environmental & conservation strategies and policies in Estonia, as well as in studies focusing on biodiversity monitoring and management under different land use conditions. We would like to integrate the groups of FIBIR studying different organisms in order to develop general principles of biodiversity monitoring and sustainable management.