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Identification, Monitoring, Indicators and Assessments

Find a Biodiversity Indicator Facilitator in your region

The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership has trained 22 Biodiversity Indicator Facilitators from around the world, to support developing indicators as part of NBSAP updating and implementation. The Facilitators are available to assist in the design and delivery of workshops and meetings, using guidance materials developed and tested by the BIP. If you are organizing indicator-related work and would like support from one of the Facilitators in your region you will find a full list of Facilitators here.

What's New

1 July 2013
Statement by Mr. Braulio F. de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, to the National Workshop on Indicators and NBSAP for Iraq, Amman, Jordan, 1-4 July 2013. More »
14 June 2013
Biodiversity Indicator Facilitators are now available to support the development and use of biodiversity indicators as part of NBSAP updating in their countries and regions. The Facilitators have been selected and trained by the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) in the technical aspects of indicator development as well as the practical skills necessary to facilitate effective workshops. More »
10 December 2012
Statement by Mr. Braulio F. de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, to the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Meeting, Cambridge, UK, 10 December 2012. More »

Notifications

28 November 2013 (2013-109)
Review of the use of remotely-sensed data for monitoring biodiversity change and tracking progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. More »
6 September 2011 (2011-163)
Report of the AHTEG on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. More »
14 February 2011 (2011-031)
Survey on national indicators for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. More »

Our knowledge of biodiversity is still limited. Only one out of five to ten of all species is known to science. And even among the most well-known taxonomic groups - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and vascular plants - we do not know the population size, distribution or threat status for many. We still have many questions about the inherent dynamics of ecosystems and their functioning and cannot predict when gradual impact on an ecosystem reaches a threshold at which the state of the ecosystem changes dramatically and irreversibly.
To address these questions the Convention calls upon countries to identify components of biological diversity important for its conservation and sustainable use. It also indicates which components countries might need to focus on when designing biodiversity monitoring programmes:
  • Ecosystems and habitats containing high diversity, large numbers of endemic or threatened species, or wilderness; required by migratory species; of social, economic, cultural or scientific importance; or, which are representative, unique or associated with key evolutionary or other biological processes;
  • Species and communities which are threatened; wild relatives of domesticated or cultivated species; of medicinal, agricultural or other economic value; or social, scientific or cultural importance; or importance for research into the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, such as indicator species; and
  • Described genomes and genes of social, scientific or economic importance.
Moreover, the Convention encourages countries to maintain and organize biodiversity information to facilitate future analyses and assessments. More »

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  • United Nations Environment Programme