Human activities threaten the ability of the living planet to provide vital services upon which human societies depend, creating urgency in our need for accessible, actionable information on biodiversity to identify greatest risks, prioritize responses and measure success of interventions in hotspots such as the Tropical Andes. Biodiversity observations range
Francesco Gaetani from UN Environment talks about Agenda 2030 and the process of defining SDG indicators, and building capacity to address them: Monitoring the environmental dimension of the Agenda 2030 – A presentation on the work of UN Environment in the global SDG indicators, with a special focus on the
Measurements of the status and trends of key indicators for the ocean and marine life are required to inform policy and management in the context of growing human uses of marine resources, coastal development, and climate change. Two synergistic efforts identify specific priority variables for monitoring: Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs)
The winning entry, submitted by Joakim Adrup (ESA) and Christian Langer (GEO BON / iDiv), addressed the ‘Protecting our Forests’ challenge: to develop a biodiversity monitoring tool to motivate local patrols in Madagascar to engage with satellite images and contribute in-situ observations from the ground.
Christian Langer (GEO BON) and Joakim Adrup (ESA) with their team “Madagascar Fire” won the GEOSS Hack 2018 which took place during the 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop in Frascati, Italy. Participants had 30 hours to create an open-source data discovery or access application based on a challenge centred around real
The 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop gathered >200 from more than 130 organizations, 33 countries, and 5 continents to share knowledge and best practices in the management and use of Earth observations and to contribute the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The meeting was co-organized by the GEO
As you may remember, the new GEO BON structure adopted in the summer of 2016 was meant to, inter alia, better support the development of the Essential Biodiversity Variables within the different EBV classes. This lead to the establishment of 3 working groups dedicated to the Species Populations, Ecosystem Structure,
Sustained observations of marine biodiversity and ecosystems focused on specific conservation and management problems are needed around the world to effectively mitigate or manage changes resulting from anthropogenic pressures. These observations, while complex and expensive, are required by the international scientific, governance and policy communities
GEO BON participated, as an observer, in 6th Plenary of IPBES that took place from March 17th to 24th 2018 in Medellin, Colombia. By the end of the meeting, the plenary had approved the four regional assessments and the thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration. Several GEO BON members
The biodiversity crisis has led to a surge of interest in the theory and practice of biodiversity monitoring. Although guidelines for monitoring have been published since the 1920s, we know little on current practices in existing monitoring schemes.