Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

Peer review of the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4)

The executive summary and complete report of the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) as well as drafts of the technical background documents which provide the scientific underpinning for it are now available for review. The peer review period will last until 9 July 2014. Further information on the peer review process  can be accessed from www.cbd.int/gbo4review/ as well as in the notification related to this issue.

On 21 June 2014, a one-day workshop on the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook will be held at the Palais des Congrès, in Montreal, Canada, prior to the eighteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and
Technological Advice (SBSTTA-18). The workshop is open to all interested SBSTTA participants and its overall purpose is to raise awareness of the report and to collect input and ideas about follow-up activities. Further information on this workshop is available from the workshop's meeting page.

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.