Standards to protect fauna and flora

Human activities have a huge impact on biodiversity. Almost every human action has consequences for the fauna and flora  on earth. Our plants and animals have come under enormous pressure in recent decades, and the phenomenon is even accelerating. It is high time that all stakeholders worldwide take action to take biodiversity into account in their activities.

Belgian standards committee NBN/I331 is developing new biodiversity standards. Do you have expertise in this field? Then join this standards committee now.

 

What is biodiversity?

The term biodiversity refers to the diversity of life on earth. At every level, from genes to ecosystems. Biodiversity not only comprises the species of plants and animals we consider rare or endangered, but every living thing, from human to microbe.

Biodiversity also includes the evolutionary, ecological and cultural processes that sustain life.

 

Why is biodiversity so important?

Rich biodiversity is important to the world. It ensures that we, as humans, can continue to use nature to meet our needs. And do not harm nature in the process.

This is why at a European level, the European Commission drew up a biodiversity strategy for 2030: a comprehensive, ambitious long-term plan to protect nature and halt the decline of ecosystems.

At a global level, preserving and restoring biodiversity directly contribute to two United Nations sustainable development goals or SDGs : SDG 14 ‘Life below water’ and SDG 15 ‘Life on land’.

Standards and biodiversity

The international ISO/TC 331 standards committee  is currently working on a number of international standards, specific guidelines, tools and recommendations for the preservation of biodiversity.

The technical biodiversity committee focuses on:

  • terminology
  • measurements, data, monitoring and evaluation
  • restoration, conservation and protection
  • organisations, strategies and sustainable use

Through the Belgian NBN/I331 committee NBN offers an exceptional opportunity to closely follow and contribute to these developments. Anyone (any company, any organisation or any individual) in Belgium can join NBN/I331.

 

Contributing to standards development works to your advantage

 

  1. You will be the first to know  about future developments and trends that strengthen your organisation's competitiveness. At an international, European and national level. Do you want to be ahead in your field and ahead of your competitors? Then become an expert in our national committee.
     
  2. Early access to such strategic information gives you the opportunity to anticipate  future changes.
     
  3. You exert influence during the standards development process. Your organisation can protect its investments in products, research and development. Whatever you do, you ensure that your interests are safeguarded in international, European and national standards.
     
  4. You build a network with everyone who is working towards creating a global and regional framework in your field. A standards committee is the ideal place to make new contacts. And to exchange ideas with people who, like you, are shaping the future of your field.
     
  5. You learn and exchange knowledge. The people who sit on standards committees are experts in their field and have in-depth knowledge. They share this knowledge and learn from each other. What if you are on a committee yourself? Then you gain a great deal of knowledge first hand. And you get a comprehensive overview of all the underlying aspects of a certain field.

Who can become a biodiversity expert?

Preservation of biodiversity concerns everyone. Any Belgian organisation and any individual person can join the Belgian biodiversity standards committee. Knowledge of standards or the NBN is not necessary but knowledge of biodiversity is required. Think of large and small companies, NGOs, consultants and researchers, consumers, authorities and regional or national agencies, financial institutions, retailers, water, gas or electricity companies, etc.

When do the biodiversity standards committees meet?

The Belgian NBN/I331 committee meets a few times a year. The next meeting will take place on 28 November 2022.

The international ISO/TC 331 committee meets once or twice a year. Next meeting: tbc

Will you become an expert?

Are you interested in joining the biodiversity standards committee? 

  • Please contact Alexandre della Faille (NBN-project manager) via alex.dellafaille@nbn.be.
  • Or join the next 'Discovery Webinar' where you can find out more about standardisation and how it works (+/- 40 min).
  • More information  about ‘becoming an expert in a standards committee’ is also available on this webpage.