4 August 2021. The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, has set up a new technical standardisation committee on Biodiversity, CTN 328 This is the first body of its kind in Spain to create standards that help to protect biodiversity and the environment, as well as promoting the ecological transition in Spain.
The CTN 328 has been formed with the aim of adopting international standards that popularise best practices to protect and promote the national environmental wealth, as well as transferring the Spanish vision to influence future international standards in this field. It is aligned with European and national ecological transition policies and is a key element to be considered for measures aimed at economic recovery.
Within this framework, the new standardisation committee will be responsible for developing standards that will effectively respond to the challenges of society and organisations in the field of biodiversity and will be key tools for supporting it with a holistic and comprehensive approach. The standards on which it will be working in the future will deal with, among other things, establishing the best way forward for the ecological restoration of degraded environments, setting objective methodologies for measuring biodiversity, and determining the net benefit for biodiversity of a given project in this area.
The Spanish committee will monitor the international committee ISO/TC 331 'Biodiversity' and will transmit the Spanish reality and viewpoint to international organisations to influence the creation of ISO standards. UNE, the Spanish standardisation body, carries the voice of experts from Spanish companies to European and global standardisation forums.
The CTN 328 has started with a high degree of interest, with the participation of more than 40 Spanish experts from leading Spanish and international organisations, including: private companies, NGOs, SMEs and representatives of the Public Administration. In addition, the activity will be coordinated with recognised agreements and institutions as IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) or CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity).
Technical standards promote the ecological transition and harmonise best practices, providing reliable and consensual tools to companies and legislators. More information in the Report on the Support of Standardisation in the Ecological Transition.