Decision COP XIII/28

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UNEP/CBD/COP/DEC/13/28 filtered
Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
The Conference of the Parties,
Recalling decision XI/3 and paragraph 20(b) of decision XII/1,
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1.Takes note of the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and expresses its thanks to the European Union and the Governments of Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for their financial support;
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2.Welcomes the updated list of indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 contained in the annex to the present decision;
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3.Notes that the list of global indicators provides a framework to be used, as appropriate, for assessing progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets at the global level and by Parties, other Governments and international organizations;
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4.Encourages Parties to ensure that the use of the indicators reflect all three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity in a balanced manner;
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5.Emphasizes that the list of indicators provides a flexible framework for Parties to adapt, as appropriate, to their national priorities and circumstances, and decides that the list of indicators should be kept under review, enabling, inter alia, the future incorporation of other relevant indicators;
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6.Notes that indicators may be used for a variety of purposes at the national, regional and global levels, including:

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(a)Informing and supporting decision-making;

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(b)Communicating with policymakers, indigenous peoples and local communities and stakeholders, including those unfamiliar with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;

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(c)Mainstreaming the Aichi Biodiversity Targets within other international processes, including, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals, by facilitating the integration of biodiversity in other processes through shared indicators or aggregated or disaggregated elements of indicators;

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(d)Reporting by Parties;

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(e)Enabling the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies to review progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;

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(f)Providing a knowledge base for developing future plans and targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity and other multilateral environmental agreements;
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7.Encourages Parties:

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(a)To use a variety of approaches, according to national circumstances, in assessing progress towards national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including quantitative indicators, expert opinion, stakeholder consultation and case studies, clearly documented in order to record uncertainty, contradictory evidence and gaps in knowledge to enable comparable assessments to be undertaken;

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(b)To consider the use of a small subset of indicators from the global list that are identified as being available today, easy to communicate, and for which national data are available, including proposed indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals where relevant;
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8.Invites biodiversity-related conventions as well as intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations to make use of the list of global indicators and to contribute to the further development of the indicators, inter alia, through the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership;
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9.Emphasizes the advantages of aligning the indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and those of the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant processes, to further support the achievement of the three objectives of the Convention, avoiding duplication of data sets and approaches, notes that shared indicators must be reviewed to determine the degree to which they are suitable for each use, and stresses the role of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership in this regard;
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10.Notes the report on National Indicators and Approaches to Monitor Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; 
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11.Also notes the potential role of the existing mechanism established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for reporting on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in assessing progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, welcomes the report of the Expert Meeting on Improving Progress Reporting and Working Towards Implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 6  which includes a framework of actions and indicators to accelerate, monitor and report on progress towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, invites Parties, other Governments, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and regional fishery bodies to consider the results of this meeting, and invites the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary, to further develop this framework;
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12.Invites the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and, in particular, its Knowledge, Information and Data Task Force and its regional and global assessments to contribute to and make the best use of biodiversity indicators, including through the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, for the regional and global assessments in order to maximize synergy, ensure relevance to policy and reduce the multiplicity of global indicators;
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13.Welcomes the important contributions to indicator development by the members of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and other relevant organizations and processes, as well as initiatives on community-based monitoring and information systems, and encourages further collaboration and continued support for work on indicators, including in the preparation of the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook;
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14.Notes the need to urgently identify or develop indicators for those Aichi Biodiversity Targets which currently do not have identified indicators;
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15.Also notes that many indicators rely on a small number of essential biodiversity variables and that further efforts are required to improve the monitoring of these variables;
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16.Invites data holders and institutions to improve the accessibility of data and documentation, as appropriate, to further enhance data generation and to work in close collaboration with research, observation and indicator communities to fill gaps in data collection and provision, including through community-based monitoring efforts and citizen science;
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17.Recalls recommendation XIX/2 of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, and invites those institutions that compile global indicators to promote the free and open access to underlying data and methodologies and to facilitate national disaggregation of underlying data, and methodologies, where appropriate, taking into account the voluntary guidance to improve the accessibility of biodiversity-related data and information; 
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18.Recalls decision XI/3, and reaffirms the need to strengthen technical and institutional capacities and to mobilize adequate financial resources for the development and application of indicators and monitoring systems, especially for developing country Parties, in particular the least developed countries, small island developing States and countries with economies in transition.
Body
Conference of the Parties (COP)

Meeting
COP-13
Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
4 - 17 December, 2016
Cancun, Mexico

Elements of decision
26 9 informational 9 operational
6 0 implemented 0 superseded 0 elapsed 6 active

Actors
10 3 parties   1 inter-gov-organizations   1 other-governments   1 FAO   4  

AICHI targets
1

Subjects
9 Strategic Plan 2011-2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets Indicators Indigenous peoples and local communities Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) Financial Mechanism and Resources Mobilization

Document
Related decisions
XI/3 A para 1
Monitoring progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
1. Welcomes the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020,as well as the work of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions on the development of indicators relevant to traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use;
XIII/30 para 1
Scientific assessment of progress towards selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets
1.Requests the Executive Secretary, subject to the availability of resources, to prepare, in collaboration with members of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and other relevant partners, for the consideration of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at a meeting held prior to the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, updated scientific assessments of progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Targets, focusing in particular on those targets on which the least progress has been made and making use of available data and the indicators contained in the annex to decision XIII/28, as appropriate, as well as other information sources used for the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook;