It is important that a national, regional or thematic BON does not develop and operate in isolation, but rather draws from and contributes to broader regional and global biodiversity observation efforts while, at the same time, allowing flexibility and customization to respond to regional, national and/or local needs. With this in mind, the BON Development Working Group will work with national and international organizations to help facilitate effective and efficient BON’s that primarily serves communities by facilitating policy and decision-making processes and that contribute to global BON efforts.



Maria Cecilia Londoño
Alexander von Humboldt Institute Colombia
Mike Gill
Polar Knowledge Canada
Petteri Vihervaara
Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki

Key Objectives

  • Lower the threshold for BON development or enhancement by:

o Identifying and documenting best practices for BON development and enhancement
o Providing a standardized and flexible approach to designing a user-driven BON;
o Providing easy access to state-of-the-art tools for biodiversity observations, and data management, analysis and reporting;
o Providing cooperative processes and technology transfer mechanisms between national and thematic BONs and,

  • Ensure a user-driven approach to GEO BON by:

o Providing guidance, via pilot implementation, to the Essential Biodiversity Variable Working Groups on EBV operationalization at national (National BONs), regional (Regional BONs) and global (Thematic BONs) scales.


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