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 1100 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

The five 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 regional or thematic Biodiversity Observation Network (BON)

The regional and thematic 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 BON

The GEO BON network is structured as Working Groups (WGs) as well as national, regional and thematic Biodiversity Observation Networks (BONs). GEO BON actively facilitates the development of BONs by building capacity and engaging stakeholders (particularly national governments, institutes, scientists and practitioner). The focus here is on the development of national BONs, which can act as national units and networks bringing biodiversity change data and information together. The development of national BONs is also directly facilitated through the application of the BON in a Box.

National and Regional BONs

China, Colombia and France are national BONs already functioning. The Asia Pacific BON (AP-BON), the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (Arctic BON), the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and the Freshwater BON are existing or developing regional or thematic BONs under the GEO BON umbrella.

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.