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UNE creates the first Spanish Standardisation Committee on Biodiversity

08/07/2021

The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE has set up a new technical standardisation committee on Biodiversity, CTN 328, making it the first Spanish technical body in this area.

Biodiversity is strategically present in the 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 CTN 328 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. Technical standards promote the ecological transition and harmonise best practices, providing reliable and consensual tools to companies and legislators.

This committee will develop standards with a different approach and scope: from those aimed at assessing biodiversity, whether in a particular area or in specific ecosystems, to the ecological restoration of degraded environments or to determine the net benefit for biodiversity of a given project, to those focused on organisations that provide methodologies for the strategic consideration of biodiversity.

The Spanish committee will monitor the international committee ISO/TC 331 'Biodiversity' and will be the channel for participation and influence in the international standards of Spanish economic entities and sectors, allowing the national reality to be transferred to 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 more than 40 Spanish experts from leading Spanish and international organisations participating. The meeting was attended by sector associations, private companies, NGOs, SMEs and Administration representatives. 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).