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Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

Bold and accelerated global action required to meet biodiversity targets by 2020

The fourth edition of the GBO4 is intended to provide a mid-term assessment of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The report shows that there has been significant progress towards meeting some components of the majority of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. However, in most cases, additional action is required to keep the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 on course.

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More investment needed to reach international biodiversity targets by 2020

A study published in Science on 2 October 2014 reveals that, despite some progress, more needs to be done to reach an internationally agreed set of biodiversity targets by 2020.

To assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, experts used a broad range of data on biodiversity and human indicators, many of these drawn from the BIP suite of global indicators. They then projected these trends to assess the state of biodiversity in 2020.

As shown in the Science paper, increased pressures on biodiversity suggest that the situation is worsening. The consumption of natural resources is increasing. Decreasing wetland extent and declining coral cover reflect large-scale habitat loss. At current rates, Aichi Biodiversity Targets to halve the rate of natural habitat loss and sustainably harvest all fish stocks will not be achieved - but there remains sufficient time to change this outcome.

To read the paper click here.

 

"Developing indicators for national targets as part of NBSAP updating: Examples of the Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework in Practice"

Posted 21st August 2014

This document, produced as a contribution to the NBSAP Forum, gives a number of worked examples of developing biodiversity indicators for countries’ NBSAPs. It aims to show the steps and processes involved in developing one or more indicators that help show progress made towards the achievement of a national target.

The examples and conclusions shown are drawn from the results of a number of BIP workshops around the world.

To read the document, click here.

 

"Key Knowledge for Successful Biodiversity Indicators" now available

Posted 20th August 2014

A new quick reference guide is now available to support the development of successful biodiversity indicators. It complements the document ‘Guidance for National Biodiversity Indicator Development and Use’ which provides more detailed information and examples.

Click here to read "Key Knowledge for Successful Biodiversity Indicators"

 

"Incorporating Indicators into NBSAPs: Guidance for Practitioners

Posted: 13th August 2014

A new guidance document is now available on the use of indicators in the preparation and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). This document is designed to complement the BIP's "Guidance for National Indicator Development and Use", and identifies key considerations and guiding questions for each stage of NBSAP development.

Click here to read the document.

 

BIP Partnership Technical Meeting, 2-4 December 2013 Cambridge

Posted: 22nd January

The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership hosted its Second Annual Partnership Technical Meeting from 2nd to 4th of December 2013 in Cambridge, UK. The meeting offered the opportunity for Partners to present the recent progress on their established and existing indicators; while the BIP was able to seek Partner engagement and suggestions on its role and strategic direction for the future.

The report for this productive meeting is now available to view online.

To see the meeting’s minutes click here

To see the meeting’s annexes click here

Key areas discussed at the meeting include:

  • The role of the BIP in the wider landscape of data and observations – regarding future reporting requirements and addressing indicator gaps;

  • Involvement of global Partners in national indicator support – bridging the gap between the BIP’s work at the global and national levels;

  • Communication strategy, progress and future ideas; and

  • The potential for future collaboration with, and support from, other Conventions and processes.

The discussions during the meeting, along with the decisions made among Partners and with the Secretariat, will contribute to shaping the direction of the Partnership’s role and work strategy for the future. 

 

BIP Partnership Technical Meeting, 2-4 December 2013 Cambridge

Posted: 2nd December

The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership is hosting its annual Partnership Technical Meeting from 2nd to 4th of December 2013 in Cambridge, UK. The meeting offers the perfect scenario to present recent progress and seek Partner engagement on its role and strategic direction for the future. Key areas of discussion are the role of the BIP in the wider landscape of data and observations; involvement of global Partners in national indicator support; communication strategy; and collaboration with other Conventions and processes.

The documents of the BIP Partnership Technical Meeting will be available on the website soon.

 

New publication relevant to Aichi Target 18 now available

Posted:27th November

BIP Partner Terralingua has launched the 2nd volume of the Biocultural Diversity Toolkit - Assessing the State of the World's Languages. This booklet offers information on what is Linguistic diversity and why does it matter, highligthing its relevance to biodiversity conservation. In addition, the Index of Linguistic Diversity (ILD), which is part of the BIP suite of global indicators, is explained in detail. 

To see Terralingua's publication click here

To visit the ILD factsheet click here  

 

2nd Capacity Building workshop for francophone Africa on 'Indicators as part of NBSAP Updating' - workshop report now available 

Posted 24th November 2013

In October 2013, 27 participants from eight countries of francophone Africa attended a workshop on 'Indicators as part of NBSAP Updating. This workshop followed on from the workshop on 'Indicators and Integration of CITES and CMS Objectives as part of NBSAP Updating', held in June 2013. The three day workshop brought together many of the same participants to further develop skills and confidence for indicator development and strengthen the 'community of practice' among practitioners in the region. The workshop report is available here (in French).

 

2nd Capacity Building workshop for the western Balkans region on 'Indicators as part of NBSAP Updating' - workshop report now available

16 participants from seven countries of the western Balkans region attended the three day workshop was held in Kolašin, Montenegro. This workshop followed on from the first workshop on the same subject, held in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina in March this year. For more information on the workshop content and results, please see the workshop report available here.

 

2nd Capacity Building workshop for the western Balkans region on 'Indicators as part of NBSAP Updating' - workshop report now available

Posted: 15th November 2014

16 participants from seven countries of the western Balkans region attended the three day workshop was held in Kolašin, Montenegro. This workshop followed on from the first workshop on the same subject, held in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina in March this year. For more information on the workshop content and results, please see the workshop report available here.

 

BIP hosts side event at CBD SBSTTA 17 in Montreal

Posted: 17th October

The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership hosted a side event at the 17th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), on 14th October in Montreal, Canada. The event proved very popular with over a hundred attendees, who had the opportunity to hear about the progress the Partnership has made at global and national level since CBD COP11. The event also provided the perfect occasion for the official launch of the new edition of the Aichi Targets Passport as well as the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI).

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'Developing Biodiversity Indicators' - 
e-learning module now available online

Posted: 5th November 2013

The BIP is proud to announce the launch of its e-learning module, ‘Developing Biodiversity Indicators’. This module consists of five lessons: the first lesson provides an introduction to the key concepts and definitions, while the next four lessons cover the ‘Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework’. A sixth lesson on ‘incorporating indicators into NBSAPs’ is in development. This lesson will look at key considerations for indicator development at the different stages of the NBSAP updating process.

The module is hosted on The Nature Conservancy’s dedicated e-learning platform,  www.conservationtraining.org, and is free and available to anyone wishing to learn more about developing biodiversity indicators.

 

Expert workshop on enhancing biodiversity data and observation systems.

Posted: 17th October 2013

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) organized an expert workshop on enhancing biodiversity data and observation systems to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020, held on 12th October in Montreal, Canada, prior to the 17th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). Participants analysed tools, products and approaches for the collection, access to, and use of biodiversity data and earth observations and how they can be enhanced to support evidence-based decision-making and planning for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding national targets. Many of the BIP Partners were present at the workshop and there was a specific market based session on how the global indicators can support national level monitoring of the Aichi Targets.

For a more detailed summary of the workshop click here.

 

BIP at CBD SBSTTA 17!

Posted: October 11th 2013

The BIP Secretariat and a number of its Partners will be present at CBD SBSTTA 17 to be held from the 14 – 18 October in Montreal, Canada. As well as holding a side event on Monday 14 October to launch the 2013 edition of the Aichi Targets Passport and provide parties with an update on BIP progress. The BIP will support and follow discussions on implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 (Agenda Item 3). The BIP has already provided inputs on global progress into the official document to support these discussions (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/17/2) and has submitted an addition Information Document on national progress (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/17/INF/9)

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Developing Biodiversity Monitoring Indicators for Uganda: Draft report now available

A draft report produced by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) of Uganda is now available. This report describes the indicator development process and uses a series of biodiversity indicators to demonstrate the status and trends for a range of issues. To view the report, click here.

 

Second Training of Facilitators Global Workshop held in Cambridge, UK

Posted: 9th September 2013

The second global workshop for the BIP's 'Training of Biodiversity Indicator Facilitators' programme has taken place in Cambridge, UK. This three-day training workshop brought together 22 Facilitators from around the world, following on from the first global workshop held in April 2013. The workshop focused on strengthening technical knowledge and skills around indicator development, as well as developing confidence and expertise for facilitating workshops and training courses. There were also many opportunities to share experiences and lessons learned from working as Facilitators in different countries and regions.

 

BIP Indicators for Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Posted: July 24th 2013

 

A new report on 'Statistics and indicators for the post-2015 development agenda' has been published by the UN Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda's Working Group on Monitoring and Indicators. This report discusses indicators for disaster risk and resilience, governance and human rights, inequality, population, rule of law, sustainability and well-being.

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MSC certified fisheries are delivering environmental benefits

Posted: 16th July 2013

The MSC Global Impacts Report 2013, the first of its kind for MSC, highlights some key improvements in certified fisheries practice, commitments to improve practice, and awareness and recognition of the scheme globally. As the Number of MSC certified fisheries is one of the BIP Indicators for Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, to achieve sustainable fisheries by 2020, the BIP is delighted to see a quantitative evaluation of the performance and impacts of the certification scheme.

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CBD National Workshop on Indicators and NBSAP for Iraq takes place

Posted: 10th July 2013

A national workshop for Iraq was held from the 1st to the 4th July 2013 in Amman, Jordan. The workshop focused on the development of Iraq's first NBSAP, since becoming a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2009. It included a day focussed on biodiversity indicator development, led by a representative of the BIP Secretariat and a trained Biodiversity Indicator Facilitator. 

 

Aichi Biodiversity Targets icons now available

Thanks to the collaborative effort of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a set of 20 icons representing the Aichi Biodiversity Targets is now available for use by Parties and organizations.

Download the Aichi Biodiversity Targets icons here

 

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Aichi Targets Passport

The latest instalment of the Aichi Targets Passport is available now to download from iTunes and Google Play. As the flagship publication of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, the Aichi Targets Passport provides annual updates for the global biodiversity indicators brought together by the BIP to monitor progress towards the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the underlying Aichi Biodiversity Targets. 

For each of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, BIP indicators are presented to highlight:

1) what progress has been made towards the targets to date

2) what baselines exist from which future progress can be monitored.

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To download the Aichi Targets Passport app:

iTunes: http://goo.gl/dOWujN

Google Play: http://goo.gl/BN6AfG

To download the Aichi Targets Passport indicator factsheets:

Please click here...



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