Development of the indicators
In decision VII/30 the COP established a process for testing and developing the indicators, with inputs from SBSTTA, the ad hoc Working Groups on ABS and Article 8(j), and an AHTEG on indicators for assessing progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target. The work of the AHTEG (Montreal, 19 - 22 October 2004) was prepared by an electronic discussion forum in which a series of task forces
commented on possible indicators and lead organziations. The AHTEG meeting was preceded by a Liaison Group meeting (Montreal, 18 October 2004) in which representatives of possible lead organizations on individual indicators discussed strategies for supporting the process. The organizations are now members of the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership
, established at the initiative of UNEP-WCMC and with funding from the GEF.