EBP and data search

[ What is EBP? | Which functionalities does the European Biodiversity Portal provide? | Who is the target audience?| Other data portals]


What is EBP?

The European Biodiversity Portal (EBP) is an online platform, which facilitates the delivery of relevant biodiversity information and analysis to a range of end users (including researchers, policy-level users, other biodiversity stakeholders), thus supporting the biodiversity science and policy interface. The portal provides easy access to insights in biodiversity trends and modelling, through visualisation modules and infographics.


Which functionalities does the European Biodiversity Portal provide?

The portal is the access point to evidence-based solutions and decision-support tools, enabling next-generation data management and the use of biodiversity information at national and regional levels. This online interface offers access to a vast biodiversity data collection for Europe, including existing repositories (LTER, EuMon, GBIF, LifeWatch, DataOne), and new analytical tools and visualizations.

The home page presents general information on the EU BON project, the aim of the portal, news and events. Via menu bar you can enter different sections:

Data section: search interface for species occurrences and datasets. You can search for vernacular or scientific name and narrow a search by appplying bounding box and time constrains.

Analysis section is envisaged as a repository of analysis tools of interest for the final users. Several analysis tools are presented at the moment (read more):

  • GBIF Spatial Dataset Browser helps to identify and access datasets of interest when generating Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) for species distribution.
  • Species richness application utilises GBIF data in order to compute a spatial and temporal distribution of higher taxa.
  • GBIF Species Population Trend helps to analyse species trends in GBIF mediated data.
  • Several use cases illustrating BI data analytics in action.

Services section provides links to EU BON related services:

  • Tools for data sharing is a repository of tools with a description, links and guidelines for each tool
  • Environmental layers
  • Aquamaps for EU BON: standardized distribution maps for over 25,000 species of fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates
  • EU BON GBIF IPT instance: a tool for data and metadata publishing (read more)
  • EU BON Helpdesk: online guide through recent developments by the EU BON project  in the domain of biodiversity information

Products section aims at act as a repository of products and results generated by EU BON partners. It is searchable by target audience and keywords. This section also hosts relevant EU BON infographics, for instance the Species Distribution Models for Biodiversity Monitoring.

The Citizen Science section links to a child site, hosting citizen science related information, listing tools, guidelines and a directory of citizen science data providers. This subsite is an initial prototype of the many subsites configurable in the EBP portal, depending on the final managers’ needs.

Test sites specific section provides information on the EU BON test sites. The proof concept is based on the info from the Doñana Biological Station (Spain). On this page user can find an information on the site itself, maps (heat maps, visualizations), videos,  environmental charts, real time sensor data to compare several variables, and also available biodiversity datasets and some important documents (milestones).


Who is the target audience?

  • The unique combination of user-friendliness, state-of-the-art research analytics and informative visualisation modules, makes the Biodiversity Portal an ideal partner for policy-makers, strengthening the political commitment to biodiversity monitoring and conservation in Europe.
  • The various toolboxes assist scientists and data managers to upload and publish their data, helping to close knowledge gaps and increase the taxonomic, geographic and historic coverage and accuracy of trend forecasting and status evaluations for European biodiversity.


Other data portals


Data accessibility

General Biodiversity Data

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

unrestricted (a), restricted (b)

European Monitoring schemes  (EuMon)

metadata unrestricted, data on request (a)

Data for specific taxonomic groups

Atlas florae europaeae (AFE)

restricted (e)

European Vegetation Archive of European Vegetation Survey (EVS)

restricted (e)


unrestricted (a)

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

unrestricted (a)

European Union data on Habitats Directive Article 17

aggregated data: unrestricted (a), raw data: mostly restricted (e)


unrestricted (a)

Marine and coastal data holdings of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

restricted (b) or (d)

Checklist of Western Palaearctic Bees

restricted (d)

Atlas of the European Bees

restricted (d)

Atlas of European Breeding Birds

restricted (d)

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme

restricted (d)

Genetic datasets

International Nucleotide Sequence Databases (INSD)

unrestricted (a)

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (GenBank)

unrestricted (a)

UNITE community (Database on Genetic Data)

unrestricted (a)

European Nucleotide Archive (ENA)

unrestricted (a)

DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ)

unrestricted (a)

Taxonomic data

Fauna Europaea

restricted (d)

Euro+Med PlantBase

restricted (d)


aggregated data

Environmental data

DataOne aggregated data


partly unrestricted (a), some data restricted (e)

Other data portals


restricted (d)

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

restricted (d)

Catalog of Fishes (CofF)  
Catalogue of Life  

Accessibility of datasets surveyed in the EU BON gap analysis:

(a) raw data can be downloaded under an open license or waiver

(b) raw data can be downloaded under a restrictive license (e.g. non-commercial, research only)

(c) raw data can be downloaded, but without a license (re-use must be requested)

(d) raw data cannot be downloaded but the data can be browsed online

(e) raw data cannot be accessed