CBD COP 13 closed on the 17th December, following two extremely productive weeks for the BIP, with many indicator-related discussions and outcomes both in the plenary and in the margins of the meeting. This page provides a brief summary of some of the key highlights from Cancun.
The BIP received six direct mentions in four COP Decisions, with a further two Decisions highly relevant to the work of the Partnership. Key text from these Decisions has been brought together into a single document, available here.
The BIP secretariat made the following intervention under agenda item 19 (guidelines for the sixth national reports, modalities for future editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and indicators):
The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) is a global initiative convened by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre to promote and coordinate the development and delivery of biodiversity indicators for use in tracking progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
The Partnership has played a key role in the development of previous editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, and stands ready to support the production of the 5th edition through the provision of global indicator updates and analyses. The Partnership is already supporting IPBES by facilitating the provision of indicators for use in its regional and global assessments.
With support from the European Union, the BIP is currently broadening its membership in light of the updated list of indicators for the Strategic Plan, developing specific indicators to address gaps in the indicator framework, and providing guidance and capacity-building for the development of indicators identified by Parties at the national level.
The Partnership is also working to support indicator synergies between the Strategic Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals. Twelve operational indicators of the BIP are official indicators for the SDGs. The BIP will continue to highlight the applicability of the Strategic Plan indicators for monitoring and reporting on the SDGs to the Inter Agency Expert Group.
The BIP would like to notify Parties that it has relaunched its website at CBD COP 13 (bipindicators.net). The updated website allows users to make interactive searches by Aichi Biodiversity Targets, SDGs and other biodiversity-related MEAs. The website is presented in a new mobile friendly version which significantly upgrades what has previously been available through the Aichi Targets Passport app.
BIP side event –Understanding the Global Biodiversity Indicator Landscape:
UNEP-WCMC convened this side event at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, CBD COP 13, on behalf of the Biodiversity Indicator Partnership. It was chaired by Anne Teller from the European Commission. Speaking to a packed room, Hilary Allison on behalf of the BIP Secretariat at UNEP-WCMC presented the work of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and its new website with a search facility of biodiversity indicators in relation to SDGs and the different conventions. She also promoted the call for new indicators Katia Karousakis from OECD provided case studies of development of socio-economic indicators within the suite of Strategic Plan indicators. Cornelia Krug presented an in depth analysis of the process by which IPBES has been selecting indicators to meet the needs of the IPBES global and Regional Assessments, and Ileana Lopez presented on the role of UN Environment in supporting and reporting on the SDG indicators.. Discussions and questions covered the IPBES process, a lack of attention on collecting consistent data over time for indicators, and the need for more indicators of pressures on biodiversity.
Other side events:
NatureServe’s side event on Dashboard Visualizations for Biodiversity Indicators, co-hosted by UNEP-WCMC, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and Birdlife presented the Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard http://dashboard.natureserve.org/. This provides global and country visualisations of 26 biodiversity indicators including many provided by members of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership. The event included a live demonstration of the Dashboard’s features including the newly created country profile pages, and provided an opportunity for Parties to explore their own national data and to ask questions about the dashboard’s functionality. UNEP WCMC provided an overview of the global indicator landscape including the Draft Decision L.19 from the COP to contextualise the uses of the Dashboard and GBIF gave a presentation around Aichi Target 19 and how their data had been given additional value through visualisation.
Parties’ ambition and progress towards the Aichi Targets: This event organised by RSPB and Birdlife International and showcased a newly published analysis of individual country progress towards achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the level of alignment of Parties’ national targets to the Aichi Targets, drawing on the secretariat’s review of data on 5th National Reports and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. The event also provided an opportunity for recapping on complementary analysis done by UNEP-WCMC for the Convention in preparing regional versions of Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 from the same data, the State of Biodiversity Reports for Africa, West Asia, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Pacific.
Brochure on the BIP's support to biodiversity-related conventions and processes: At COP 13, the BIP secretariat also produced and distributed copies of a short brochure to highlight the support that the Partnership has been providing to the different biodiversity-related conventions and processes, including in particular IPBES and the SDGs. The brochure is available here.