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Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

Peer review of draft technical background documents for the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4)

Draft technical background documents for GBO-4 on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are available for peer review until 21 March 2014. However, though the peer review period has ended, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity would still welcome any comments on the draft technical background documents.

The technical background documents will provide the basis for the main GBO-4 report which will be launched in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in October 2014. Further information on the peer review process as well as the draft technical background documents can be accessed from www.cbd.int/gbo4review/ as well as in the notification related to this issue.


Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention. The reports are based on different types on information including national reports, scientific literature, information from the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and supplementary studies. While the main target audience for the report is policy makers, it is written to be accessible to a range of audiences including the general public.

Three editions of the Outlook have been published and preparations for the next edition of the report are currently underway. The fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) will be prepared to provide a mid term assessment towards the progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. As with the third edition of the report, GBO-4 will be supported by a variety of ancillary products which will provide more detailed information and/or be targeted to specific audiences.

GBO- 4 will be an important communication tool during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity  and will consist of several reports, the first of which will be released in 2014 to enable the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to assess progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan.