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Board and ExCo meetings

Board and ExCo meetings

In order to constantly improve collaboration within the EBCC network, to strengthen the contact with all national delegates, and to clarify their role within EBCC, the delegates should regularly be provided with topical information. Among other things, this may include updates on EBCC contacts, general information on EBCC work and a “things to do as a delegate” list. Short captions of these points can already be found on this webpage. What was lacking so far was an overview of the activities of the Board and the topics currently under discussion in EBCC Board meetings. The posting of the EBCC Board minutes will close this gap and hopefully provide a thorough insight into EBCC’s work and profile.

Chairman´s report

Report for September 2013 – September 2016

Annual General Meetings (previously called Board Meetings)

Agendas of Board Meetings (previously called ExCo Meetings)

Board of the European Bird Census Council

List of the EBCC Board members elected for the period 2013-2016 and the observers of EBCC Board:

Ruud P.B. Foppen

Chairman
Head of Research Department at SOVON – Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology
P.O. Box 6521
NL-6503 GA Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)649390514
Fax: +31 (0)247410410
E-mail: ruud.foppen@sovon.nl

David G. Noble

Vice-Chairman & Secretary
Principal Ecologist – Monitoring at British Trust for Ornithology
GB-IP24 2PU Thetford, Norfolk
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01842 750050
E-mail: david.noble@bto.org

Anny Anselin

Chief Editor of Bird Census News & Treasurer
Research Institute for Nature and Forest
Kliniekstraat 25
BE-1070 Brussel
Belgium
Tel: + 32 (0)2 525 02 07
E-mail: anny.anselin@inbo.be

Oskars Keišs

Delegate Officer
Laboratory of Ornithology, Institute of Biology
University of Latvia
Miera iela 3
LV-2169 Salaspils
Latvia
Tel: +371 6794 5393
Email: oskars.keiss@lu.lv

Lluís Brotons

Data Request Officer
Biodiversity & Landscape Ecology Lab
Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya
Ctra. antiga St. Llorenç km 2
ES-25280 Solsona
Spain
Tel: +34 973481752 – Ext. 278
E-mail: lluis.brotons@ctfc.es

Verena Keller

Chair of the EBBA2 Steering Committee
Swiss Ornithological Institute
Seerose 1
CH-6204 Sempach
Switzerland
Tel: +41 41 462 97 20
E-mail: verena.keller@vogelwarte.ch

Henning Heldbjerg

Bird Census News editing team
DOF – BirdLife Denmark
Vesterbrogade 138-140
DK 1620 Copenhagen V
Denmark
Tel: +45 33283827
E-mail: henning.heldbjerg@dof.dk

Mikhail Kalyakin

Zoological Museum of Moscow Lomonosov State University
Bolshaya Nikitskaya Str., 6
125009 Moscow
Russia
Tel: +7 495 629 49 08
Mobile: +7 916 322 85 47
E-mail: kalyakin@zmmu.msu.ru & kalyakin@rambler.ru

Danae Portolou

Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS)
Themistokleous str 80
10681 Athens
Greece
E-mail: dportolou@ornithologiki.gr

Aleksi Lehikoinen

Finnish Museum of Natural History
P. Rautatiekatu 13 (P. O. Box 17)
FI-00014 Helsinki
Finland
Mobile: +358-45-1375732
E-mail: aleksi.lehikoinen@helsinki.fi

Observers:

Iván Ramírez

Head of Conservation for Europe and Central Asia
BirdLife International
Wellbrook Court
Girton Road Cambridge
CB3 0NA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1223 279834
E-mail: ivan.ramirez@birdlife.org

Mark Eaton

Bird Census News editing team
Principal Conservation Scientist
Species Monitoring & Research, Conservation Science
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
The Lodge
GB- SG19 2DL Sandy, Bedfordshire
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1767 693455
E-mail: Mark.Eaton@rspb.org.uk

Szabolcs Nagy

Senior Biodiversity Officer
Wetlands International
PO Box 471, 6700 AL
Wageningen
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 628 55 48 23
E-mail: szabolcs.nagy@wetlands.org

Petr Voříšek

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme & European Breeding Bird Atlas coordinator
Czech Society for Ornithology
Na Bělidle 34
CZ-150 00 Prague 5
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 212 465
E-mail: EuroMonitoring@birdlife.cz

Jana Škorpilová

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme technical assistant
Czech Society for Ornithology
Na Bělidle 34
CZ-150 00 Prague 5
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 212 465
E-mail: skorpilova@birdlife.cz

Delegate Newsletters

In order to improve communication between the Board and the Delegates, a short newsletter with information on major projects, conferences and other events will be regularly produced and distributed to all Delegates, starting in 2008. Most information is described in more detail elsewhere on the EBCC website. Previous newsletters can be viewed below.

How does EBCC operate?

1. The role of the EBCC Board

The day-to-day management of EBCC business and affairs is undertaken by a Board.The governance of EBCC is defined by the EBCC Articles of Association (see the EBCC homepage). The role of the Board is to advance the agreed aims of EBCC as best it can in a professional and progressive fashion within budget and other constraints, and as guided by the views of the national Delegates. Members of the Board are drawn from a range of different organisations in Europe, but each acts on the Board in a personal and voluntary capacity.

The Board is composed of up to ten people: a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and up to six ordinary members. The Board meets twice a year, usually in spring and autumn to discuss and manage EBCC business and affairs. Board members may reasonably request reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs in attending these meetings if they have no such funds available to them from other sources. A number of observers, nominated by the Board, also attend these meetings from organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology, SOVON Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, and BirdLife International. Observers act in an advisory capacity, linking the work of EBCC to ongoing activities and programmes. These individuals have no voting rights on the Board.

The Board is elected by the General Meeting of the Association, which is composed of two Delegates from each European country within the network. Delegates are ratified by the General Meeting following discussion and recommendations from relevant national organisations, institutes and experts within each country. The General Meeting formally takes place every year, but the Delegates normally only convene every three coinciding with EBCC´s major international conferences. At the GM, the Board presents a summary of its work since the last conference and a financial report. It also suggests and seeks venues for future conferences, and it raises constitutional matters and any other relevant issues, which may be voted upon. The Board is renewed by vote of the GM at three year intervals. In normal circumstances, the current Board would make a recommendation as to the composition of a new Board, but Delegates can also suggest new Board members. Each Delegate has a single vote at the GM.

2. The role of the national Delegates

The two nominated national Delegates per country play a central role in the operation of EBCC. Their role is to advance the agreed aims of EBCC as best they can in a professional and progressive fashion within budget and other constraints, and as guided by the Board. In brief, the role of the Delegate is to further the aims of the EBCC both at a national and international levels by representing national views and communicating them to the Board, by disseminating relevant EBCC news and information within countries, and by engaging actively in EBCC initiatives.

At the same time as Delegates are expected to contribute in various ways, the idea is of course, that the Delegates and the countries they represent should benefit from sharing ideas and knowledge from like-minded experts from other European countries.

Guidelines for selecting and appointing new Delegates are defined within the Articles of Association, as are procedures for replacing those who wish to stand down and those Delegates who are not able to engage actively with EBCC.

Delegates are encouraged to cooperate actively with the work of EBCC in some of the following ways:

  • Attending the EBCC´s international conferences (including the General Meetings), workshops and meetings – all are high priority
  • Actively engaging with EBCC projects and working groups in a positive and participatory fashion
  • Providing news and annual updates of relevant national monitoring/atlas projects for the EBCC website and Bird Census News
  • Promoting EBCC´s aims and good reputation when appropriate opportunities arise, at both national and international levels
  • Maintaining regular contact with the EBCC Delegate Officer and informing them any changes in contact or other details.
  • Responding in a timely fashion to requests from EBCC, that is, from the Board and EBCC initiatives
  • Suggesting new areas and initiatives for development of monitoring work

In those circumstances where existing Delegates are unable to engage with the work of the EBCC in the ways described above (for whatever reason), then the Board would seek to find suitable replacements in discussion and agreement with relevant national contacts.

Dr. Ruud Foppen
Chairman, European Bird Census Council &
Head of Research Department
SOVON – Dutch Centre for field ornithology

On behalf of the Board of the European Bird Census Council.

Draft agenda 24th EBCC ExCo Meeting in Prague

ExCo & Observers:

David Gibbons, Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Ansellin, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Loranzo Fornasari, Przemek Chylarecki, Ward Hagemeijer, Juha Tiainen, David Noble (Observer BTO), Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor), Des Callaghan (Observer BirdLife International), Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitations to: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey) & Petr Vorisek (Coordinator: Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring, Prague)

Apology received from Alexander Mischenko

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo on
  3. Delegate List
  4. Financial report
  5. Bird Census News
  6. Foundation status
  7. Website
  8. Relevant developments within ETC, NPB and EEA
  9. Hungarian Conference 2001
  10. Turkey Conference 2004
  11. Parnu Conference Proceedings
  12. Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring
  13. Recent Data Requests

A.O.B.
Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory 12 September 2002

25th EBCC ExCo Meeting, SOVON, Beek-Ubbergen

Attending: David Gibbons (chair), Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Anselin, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Przemek Chylarecki, Ward Hagemeijer, Lena Lebedeva, David Noble (Observer BTO), Observer BirdLife International, Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitation: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey)

Apologies: Juha Tiainen, Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor) & Petr Vorisek

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo
  3. Turkey Conference 2004
  4. Financial report – paper tabled
  5. Bird Census News
  6. Delegate List
  7. Foundation status – paper tabled
  8. Website
  9. Links with European Topic Centre on Nature Protection and Biodiversity and European Environment Agency
  10. Succession planning
    • Discussion of ExCo succession in 2004
  11. Hungarian and Parnu Conference Proceedings
  12. Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring project – two papers tabled
    • Prague workshop September 2002
    • Monitoring session at EOU
  13. Recent data requests
    • Marc Metzger, Pam Berry, Ian Owens, Carsten Rahbek
  14. Any Other Business – Report from Ian Burfield on Birds in Europe II project
  15. Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory Wednesday, May 07, 2003

23nd EBCC ExCo Meeting in Brodowin

ExCo & observers:
David Gibbons, Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Ansellin, Alexander Mischenko, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Loranzo Fornasari, Przemek Chylarecki, Ward Hagemeijer, Juha Tiainen, David Noble (Observer BTO), Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor), Des Callaghan (Observer BirdLife International), Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitations to: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey) & Petr Vorisek (Coordinator: Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring, Prague)

  1. Chairman’s welcome & apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo:
    Royalties from the European Atlas. Action: David Noble to check BTO’s view.
    Monies owing to EBCC. Action: Richard Gregory to phone Pam Berry to check on outstanding funds.
    Publishing Atlas information on the web. Action: Des Callaghan to discuss with Martin Sneary.
    Feedback to EOU. Action: Martin Flade to contact organisers of Saxony conference & to volunteer a symposium.
  3. Hungarian Conference 2001.
    Update from Tibor on proceedings etc.
  4. Turkey Conference 2004.
    Action points: David to invite Uygar to spring 2002 ExCo (see agenda item 14). Martin & Tibor to provide checklists of the sorts of thing that conference organisers should consider. Martin & Tibor to provide mailing lists from Cottbus and Hungarian conferences, respectively, and Richard to provide delegates mailing list (see agenda item 6).
  5. Foundation status
    Action: David to amend draft following ExCo’s comments and to highlight any outstanding issues which require further discussion. Ward to try to find a friendly advocate to help us pursue this work (see attached paper).
  6. Delegate List
    Action: Richard to circulate delegates letter asap. Subsequently to hand over relevant files to Martin.
  7. Website
    Action: David to register suitable domain name. David to contact Les to see if he is interested in developing EBCC’s site.
    Action: over next 2 months all to consider potential new names for the EBCC.
    Action: all to provide information outlined (see attached paper) to David Gibbons. Tibor Szep to present Hungarian monitoring scheme website at next ExCo.
  8. Financial report
    See attached report
  9. Bird Census News
  10. Parnu Conference Proceedings
  11. European Common Bird Monitoring
    Report from Petr Vorisek (see attached paper)
  12. Birds in Europe II
    Report from Des Callaghan (see attached paper)
  13. Monitoring in Africa
  14. Recent Data Requests
  15. A.O.B.
  16. Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory 20 March 2002

26th EBCC ExCo Meeting, Kayseri

Attending: David Gibbons (chair), Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Anselin, Ward Hagemeijer, Tibor Szep, David Noble (Observer BTO), Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitation: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey)

Apologies: Lorenzo Fornasari, Lena Lebedeva, Juha Tiainen, Przemek Chylarecki, Martin Flade, Petr Vorisek, Ian Burfield (Observer BirdLife International),

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo
  3. Turkey Conference 2004
  4. Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring project
  5. Financial report – paper tabled
  6. Bird Census News – paper tabled
  7. Delegate List- paper tabled
  8. Foundation status
  9. Website
  10. Succession planning
  11. Venue and date of the next EBCC Conference
  12. Hungarian & Parnu Conference Proceedings – paper tabled
  13. Recent data requests
  14. Any Other Business – Birds in Europe II update – paper tabled
  15. Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory Wednesday, September 17, 2003

DRAFT AGENDA

Attending:
David Gibbons, Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Ansellin, Alexander Mischenko, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Loranzo Fornasari, David Noble (Observer BTO), Przemek Chylarecki & Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor)

Apologies received from:
Ward Hagemeijer, Juha Tiainen, Des Callaghan (Observer BirdLife International), Ruud Foppen

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of last meeting of ExCo
    Royalties from the European Atlas
    Action: Ward and David Noble to discuss with SOVON and BTO
    Monies owing to EBCC
    Action: David, Ward, and Richard by BirdLife, by ETC/NC and Pam Berry
    Monies owned by EBCC
    Action: Martin would clarify the situation with DDA
    Publishing Atlas Information on the web
    Action: Des Callaghan to discuss with Martin Sneary
    Position of Treasurer
    Action: David to talk to Juha
    Feedback to EOU
    Action: David to go back to Jacques Blondel – see attached email correspondence
  3. Hungarian Conference 2001
    Report on Conference Proceedings and any other issues
  4. Turkey Conference 2004 – see attached email correspondence
  5. Foundation Status – paper attached
  6. Delegate List
  7. Web site – see attached email correspondence
  8. Financial Report
  9. Bird Census News
  10. Parnu Conference Proceedings
  11. European Common Bird Monitoring – verbal update
  12. Recent data requests
  13. Any other business

Executive Committee of the European Bird Census Council

EBCC Executive Committee (ExCo) and observers at Brodowin,
Germany, in
April 2002

center
From left to right are:
Tibor Szep (ExCo member), Petr Vorisek
(Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring coordinator), Lorenzo Fornasari
(ExCo
member), Alexander Mischenko (squatting; ExCo member, now retired),
Ruud
Foppen
(Observer, SOVON), David Gibbons (EBCC Chairman), Przemek
Chylarecki

(ExCo member), Richard Gregory (EBCC Secretary), Des Callaghan
(Observer,
BirdLife; now retired), Juha Tiainen (ExCo member), Anny Anselin
(EBCC
Treasurer and Bird Census News editor), Martin Flade (EBCC Delegate
Officer), David Noble (Observer, BTO).


EBCC Executive Committee (ExCo) and observers at Tuzla Lake,
Turkey,
September 2003

From left to right are:

Ruud Foppen (Observer, SOVON),
Anny
Anselin
(EBCC Treasurer and Bird Census News editor), Tibor Szep
(ExCo
member), David Gibbons (EBCC Chairman), Ward Hagemeijer (EBCC
Vice-Chairman), Richard Gregory (EBCC Secretary), David Noble
(Observer,
BTO), Uygar Ozesmi (Organiser of Bird Numbers 2004, EBCC’s Turkish
conference).