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, Japan and Korea are national BONs already functioning or in development. 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.


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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