The Aichi Targets Passport, the flagship publication of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, 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.
A “proof of concept” Beta version of the Aichi Targets Passport was released in October 2012 which included one or two indicators for each Aichi Target. Since the release of the Beta version, the BIP Partnership has continued working to enhance and increase the number of global indicators available for each of the targets.
As the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are multi-faceted, in most cases an individual global indicator is insufficient if used in isolation to assess overall progress towards a target. The BIP is therefore happy to announce that the new edition of the Passport sees the linking of multiple indicators under many of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to provide more comprehensive storylines of progress.
In several instances a global indicator for an Aichi Biodiversity Target has not yet been identified. However, this does not mean that progress towards this target cannot be assessed. Many countries have national level indicators and/or other relevant information which can be used to assess progress towards the target at a national level. These national level assessments can be used to inform global level assessments of progress.
This Aichi Passport presents a suite of indicators, which are as far as possible, global in their coverage, scientifically valid and peer reviewed, and relevant to the Aichi Targets. In particular, 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.
For further information on all the indicators compiled for monitoring progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets visit the BIP website: www.bipindicators.net/indicators
The indicators presented in the Aichi Passport are those contained in CBD decision XI/3 with some additional indicators that have been or are being developed to fill gaps.