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2016 Biodiversity Barometer

Posted 27/6-2016

UEBT launched the 8th Biodiversity Barometer on 26 May 2016. The UEBT Biodiversity Barometer provides insights on evolving biodiversity awareness among consumers and how the beauty and food industry reports on biodiversity. It contributes to measuring the first of the CBD Aichi Targets: Awareness of biodiversity values. 

In 2015, research for the UEBT Biodiversity Barometer is conducted in nine countries (Brazil, France, Germany, UK, USA, The Netherlands, Mexico, Ecuador and India) to measure trends in biodiversity awareness.

Since its first edition in 2009, consumers in 16 countries have been interviewed. Eight years of research, among 54,000 people, and hundreds of leading companies, has provided several valuable insights that may guide companies and governments in their approaches towards people and biodiversity.

Awareness has risen in all of the core countries of the UEBT Biodiversity Barometer, particularly in Germany and the USA. Understanding of what biodiversity means has grown even more significantly over the last years. To illustrate, the total number of people that defined biodiversity correctly has more than doubled in the USA since 2009. In France and Germany it increased with approximately 70%.

The 2016 Biodiversity Barometer is available on the UEBT website and here in English and Spanish

 

Open Consultation to identify new indicators to fil gaps in the global suite

 

Despite continued efforts, there are still no indicators for some elements of certain Aichi Biodiversity Targets. We are looking to build on the work of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Indicators, by identifying potential new indicators through an open consultation. If you know of any new indicators, in existence or in development, that could fill any of these gaps or more generally enhance the BIP indicator suite, then please do let us know here.

 

New BIP indicator provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Posted 24/5-2016

A new BIP indicator, Trends in potentially environmentally harmful elements of government support to agriculture (producer support estimate), has been provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The main Aichi Biodiversity Target for this indicator is Target 3.

It provides an indication on the trends in potentially environmentally harmful elements of government support to producers, as measured by the Producer Support Estimates (PSE). Government support refers to payments made to farmers to manage the supply of agricultural commodities, influence their cost, supplement producers’ income and achieve other social and environmental aims. This support to farmers, estimated in terms of the OECD PSE, can be ranked according to its potential impacts on the environment.

More information on this indicator is available here.

 

Using global biodiversity indicators and underlying data to support NBSAP development and national reporting: Roadmap to support NBSAP practitioners

Posted 24/5-2016

This Roadmap has been produced as an output of a UNEP-WCMC project, funded by the Federal Office for Environment (FOEN), Government of Switzerland, to examine how the global indicators brought together under the BIP can be utilized to support national level implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The Roadmap presents a framework to assist national level biodiversity practitioners by creating awareness of how and why global indicators and datasets, which are often generated at the national level, can be incorporated into updated NBSAPs, implementation plans and national reports.

Download roadmap here

 

Regional progress towards global environmental targets assessed on International Day for Biodiversity

Posted 24/5-2016

A major series of four regional reports entitled The State of Biodiversity – a mid-term review of progress towards the Strategic Plan, have been launched.

The four reports, one each for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean were initiated by UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and prepared by the UNEP-WCMC. The reports offer a regional perspective of the Convention’s 2014 publication Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 (GB0-4).

Using a similar approach and method of analysis to that of GBO-4, each of the regional State of Biodiversity reports contains a summary of progress towards a set of 20 global environment-related goals known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, followed by a detailed target by target analysis and a summary of opportunities and recommendations for policy and decision makers.

The work will support dialogue with regional partners and stakeholders by clearly communicating each region’s progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and stimulating discussions about collaborative actions that maximise opportunities to achieve the global goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity by 2020.

Read more about this and download the reports here.

 

BIP Technical Partners Meeting
25th-27th January 2016

Posted 29/4-2016

The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership hosted its Technical Partners Meeting from 25th – 27th January 2016 in Cambridge, UK. The meeting brought together all BIP Partners with the primary aims of reviewing progress and achievements since the last meeting, and inputting to current and future work for the Partnership.

Key areas discussed at the meeting include:

  • Progress since the last Technical Partners Meeting in 2013
  • Current funded work and future plans
  • Filling gaps in the global indicator suite
  • Potential contributions relating to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Supporting indicator development and use at the national level

The minutes for this productive meeting are now available online here.

 

BIP at COP 12 Highlights

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) took place from 6 – 17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

The BIP Secretariat and Partners attended the COP to present key areas of their work on the use of indicators to monitor progress towards the Aichi Targets. BIP played a major role at COP, organising side events and hosting a BIP Steering Committee Meeting. In addition, the work of BIP was highlighted in agenda items 7, 12 and 17 of the COP 12 outcomes, which focus on the mainstreaming of traditional knowledge and gender into indicator development.

> Read more about how BIP was involved in COP 12 here.

 

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).

Read more...

 

'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)

Side Event Invitation>>

 

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.

Read more...

 

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.

Read more...

 

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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