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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

18 December 2016
Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. More »
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 »


21 December 2016 (2016-148)
Open Call for Proposals on the Development of Indicators for Aichi Biodiversity Targets 1, 13 and 15. More »
6 September 2016 (2016-106)
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Call for comments on the draft scoping report for the thematic assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity and release of assessments on scenarios and models and on pollinators, pollination and food production. More »
2 September 2016 (2016-105)
Group on Earth Observations establishes National Contact Points for Data Sharing. 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