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Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

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.

Advance GBO-4

The fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook will be officially launched on the opening day of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (6th October 2014), in Pyeonchang, Republic of Korea and in multiple other locations. To facilitate preparations by Parties for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, an advance copy of GBO-4 is being made available from https://www.cbd.int/gbo4advance/