TEAM becomes a partner of the BIP
The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) has joined the BIP as its latest new Partner. TEAM is an ambitious program devoted to monitoring long-term trends in biodiversity, land cover change climate and ecosystem services in tropical forests. It currently operates in sixteen tropical forest sites across Africa, Asia and Latin America supporting a network of scientists committed to standardized methods of data collection to quantify how plants and animal respond to pressures such as climate change and human encroachment.
TEAM will bring a new indicator to the BIP suite: the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI). It will help to track progress towards the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and more specifically Aichi Target 12. The indicator will soon be accessible from the BIP indicator pages.
The BIP Secretariat is delighted to welcome the TEAM Network to the ever-growing Partnership!
For more information on TEAM please visit its official website here
BIP Steering Committee re-established. Minutes from February teleconference available online
In February 2013, the BIP Steering Committee met for the first time since its recent re-establishment. The re-established committee has been restructured to ensure it is fit-for-purpose to steer and guide the BIP in supporting the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This includes the appointment of a new chair, Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary to the CBD, to ensure closer integration of the work of the BIP into CBD processes. UNEP-WCMC will continue to act as host to the BIP Secretariat.
During the teleconference, a series of key issues for the Partnership were discussed, including: Role of the BIP Steering Committee; Role of Partners; Challenges to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and assessing progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; BIP Technical Partnership Meeting 2012; BIP activities and future direction at global, regional and national levels.
Summary minutes for the meeting can be viewed online by clicking here.
Minutes from the BIP Partnership Technical Meeting available online
In December 2012, the BIP held its first Technical Partnership meeting since the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in Cambridge, UK. The report for this highly successful and productive meeting is now available to view online from the Resources section of the BIP website.
- To see the meeting's minutes click here
- To see the meeting's annexes clik here
Key issues discussed at the meeting include:
- Partnership enlargement: Global and National Partners
- Indicators: status of current indicators and development of new ones
- Key BIP outputs (e.g. Aichi Passport, GBO-4)
- Capacity Building Strategy at national level
- Communications strategy
Decisions reached during the meeting will help to shape the direction of the Partnership over the next year. A series of next steps were identified, and the BIP Secretariat is working hard together with Partners to achieve them.
BIP Partnership Technical Meeting, 10th-12th December 2012 Cambridge
Representatives of almost all partners of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership are convening in Cambridge from 10th to 12th December to attend a BIP Partnership Technical Meeting. It has been two years since the previous Technical Meeting.During this time the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets have been adopted at CBD COP10 and Decisions adopted at CBD COP11 have reinforced the mandate of the BIP as main vehicle for coordinating the development of biodiversity indicators at global, regional and national level.
The meeting offers the perfect scenario to present the recent progress on the Partnership´s work, to explore how to best respond to the renewed CBD mandate and to consider the future direction and opportunities for the BIP.
A summary of the outcomes and conclusions of the BIP Partnership Technical Meeting will be posted soon.
BIP hosts successful side event at CBD COP 11 - 16 October 2012
The event, jointly hosted by the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and the CBD Secretariat was an opportunity to update Parties on the work of the BIP in support of the development and use of indicators for the implementation of the Aichi Targets both globally and nationally/regionally. The well attended event included presentations on how the BIP is supporting to SBSTTA-15 recommendations and COP-11 draft decisions under agenda item 3.3, as well as presentations by UNEP ROA and Bhutan on the experiences and challenges of developing national indicators as part of the NBSAP revision process.
photo L-R: Damon Stanwell-Smith (BIP Secretariat), Braulio F. de Souza Dias (CBD Executive Secretary), Spencer Thomas (Chair). ©BIP secretariat
In addition, the event was an opportunity to launch the beta version of the Aichi Passport, a new BIP product designed as a regular update on indicator trends for each of the Aichi Targets. The Passport is available both in hard copy and as a smart phone app, and has been enthusiastically received. The Executive Secretary Braulio Dias joined the panel for part of the event and gave an extremely positive address, welcoming the work of the BIP, signalling its importance to the convention and pledging full Secretariat support.
photo: participants during BIP side event. ©BIP secretariat
The Aichi Passport SmartPhone App now available!
The Aichi Passport is now available to download as a SmartPhone App and PDF document. The Beta version of the Passport, which will be ofiicially launched at CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad, India, is a "proof of concept” for annual indicator reporting by the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership.
Download the Passport now:
Google Play: http://d.pr/3z1W
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