GEO BON is continuously building up its network. GEO BON has more than 400 individual members from 45 different countries, including scientists, managers and practitioners active in biodiversity observation. Approximately 700 people around the world receive our newsletter that is published four times a year and this number has been increasing at a rate of 300 people a year. GEO BON invites all parties to be part of the GEO BON community shaping the future biodiversity observation. GEO BON fully depend on the active collaboration of members as well as the entire biodiversity community.

There are 5 ways to get engaged with GEO BON:

Become an individual member

Individuals can sign up to the GEO BON email list to receive regular updates and news from the GEO BON Secretariat. Just contact the GEO BON secretariat.

Become a member of a Working Group

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The nine Working Groups are the core of GEO BON and you are warmly welcome to join. Please contact a WG chair and express your interest in the activities of the WG. Working Groups develop and implement specific thematic aspects of GEO BON.
Learn more at the pages of the specific WG’s

Any expert may participate in a Working Group, pending approval by the WG leads based on declaration of interest and submission of Curriculum Vitae. WG leads can be suggested by the MC, but are elected by the members of the WG and confirmed by the IC.

Join a Biodiversity Observation Network (BON)

The regional and topical BON’s are very active parts of GEO BON and you are warmly welcome to join. Please contact the chair of a BON and express your interest in their activities. BON’s develop and implement specific thematic aspects of GEO BON at a regional scale or for a specific topic. Learn more at the pages of the specific BON’s.

Any expert may participate in a BON, pending approval by the BON’s leads based on declaration of interest and submission of Curriculum Vitae. BON leads can be suggested by the MC, but are elected by the members of the BON and confirmed by the IC.

For more information in our Biodiversity Observation Network please dont hesitate to contact the GEO BON secretariat.

Become a national, regional or thematic BON

GEO BON actively facilitates the development of BONs by engaging stakeholders (particularly national governments, institutes, scientists and practitioners) and building capacity. The focus here is on the development of national BONs. These act as national units closely connected to governments and national networks bringing biodiversity change data and information together.

The development of the national BONs is directly facilitated through the application of the BON in a Box toolkit for biodiversity observations. China, Japan and Korea have already formed their national BONs and several others are active to do so (e.g. Bolivia, Colombia, Madagascar, Nepal, Indonesia, France, Germany, USA). The Asia Pacific BON (AP-BON), the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (Arctic BON), the Global System of Ecosystem Observatories (GSEO), the Global Wetland Observing System (GWOS) and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) are existing or developing regional or thematic BONs under the GEO BON umbrella. GEO BON is ready to engage and build capacity with more countries especially in biodiversity-rich areas of the world.

This year, GEO BON has been working directly with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute to design the Colombian national BON. The Colombian test case on how to design this national BON will be presented to the CBD SBSTTA in 2016.

National and Regional BONs

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Background and criteria for endorsement

This document explains what national, regional, and thematic BONs are and describes GEO BON’s criteria for their endorsement.

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Become an Associated Partner

Large or small organisation active in the field of biodiversity observation are invited to become Associated Partners to GEO BON. Governmental bodies, university institutes, research stations, protected areas, local or global NGOs and local to global initiatives active in any kind of biodiversity change observation are specially encouraged to become partners of the GEO BON network. While some associated partners might engage through BONs or working groups, others might seek individual endorsement and recognition by GEO BON. Please contact the GEO BON secretariat if you are interested to become an Associated Partner.