Biodiversity is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as “the variability among living organisms”, the ecological complexes in which they naturally occur, and the ways in which they interact with each other and with the physical environment. It is a fundamentally multidimensional concept that can be measured in terms of different components (genetic, population/species, and community/ecosystem); each of these components has compositional, structural and functional attributes which can be considered the three-dimensions of biodiversity. Organism-based metrics that count the number of distinct species in a defined area (species richness) are the most common proxies used in biodiversity assessments.

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Leads

Nathalie Pettorelli
Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Emily Nicholson
Deakin University

Key Objectives

  • Identify research opportunities supporting the identification/implementation of essential biodiversity variables relevant to the monitoring of ecosystem functions
  • Derive/identify potential datasets supporting the implementation of essential biodiversity variables relevant to the monitoring of ecosystem functions
  • Articulate and strengthen the links existing between essential biodiversity variables relevant to the monitoring of ecosystem functions and global indicators
  • Provide guidance to national biodiversity networks in terms of in situ monitoring of essential biodiversity variables relevant to the monitoring of ecosystem functions
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2017

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