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Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework

The Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework

The Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework is intended to be used as a guide to better understand what is involved in producing biodiversity indicators and to help plan the most appropriate development process for each situation.

The Framework was developed based on the experience of UNEP-WCMC and its partners working with national governments to support indicator development. It has been used extensively to develop indicators in different contexts, at different scales and for different purposes.

The framework is divided into three themes:

Purpose (red steps) – needed for selecting successful indicators that respond to the users' needs

Production (purple steps) – essential to generate indicators

Permanence (green steps) – mechanisms for ensuring indicator continuity and sustainability

Click on the steps (below right) to read more about what is involved in the process.

Framework

Identify & consult stakeholders/audience

Identify management objectives & targets

Determine key questions & indicator use

Develop conceptual model

Identify possible indicators

Gather & review data

Calculate indicators

Communicate & interpret indicators

Develop monitoring & reporting systems

Test & refine indicators with stakeholders