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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

25 January 2016
Statement by Mr. Braulio F. de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, at the opening of the Biodiversity Indicator Partnership Technical Partner Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 25-27 January 2016. More »
15 September 2015
Statement by Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, on the occasion of the Capacity –Building Workshop for the East and South East Asia on Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets 11 And 12, Yanji, Jilin Province, China, 15 September 2015. More »
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 »


27 May 2016 (2016-067)
Online open consultation to fill gaps in the global indicator framework for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. More »
19 November 2015 (2015-130)
Review of the proposed list of indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. More »
9 September 2015 (2015-103)
Call for review of the second draft of the IUCN Standard on Key Biodiversity Areas Identification. 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