Optimized monitoring sites for detection of biodiversity trends in China

June 26, 2017

Properly designed monitoring networks can generate data to understand status and trends of biodiversity, and to assess progress towards conservation targets. However, biodiversity monitoring is often affected by poor sampling design. We proposed an approach to choosing optimized monitoring sites among large areas.

Building capacity in biodiversity monitoring at the global scale

June 23, 2017

Human-driven global change is causing ongoing declines in biodiversity worldwide. In order to address these declines, decision-makers need accurate assessments of the status of and pressures on biodiversity. However, these are heavily constrained by incomplete and uneven spatial, temporal and taxonomic coverage.

An operational definition of essential biodiversity variables

June 19, 2017

The concept of essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) was proposed in 2013 to improve harmonization of biodiversity data into meaningful metrics. EBVs were conceived as a small set of variables which collectively capture biodiversity change at multiple spatial scales and within time intervals that are of scientific and management interest. Despite

A view on biodiversity within environmental impact assessment in the Global South

June 12, 2017

The KLIMOS platform and the CEBioS programme (hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation published a study on the situation of biodiversity in environmental impact assessment in the context of development cooperation. In particular, the authors investigated how biodiversity is framed, and

New paper: Ecosystem services in global sustainability policies

June 7, 2017

Global sustainability policies, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the Aichi Targets, aim to ensure sustainable development, including improved human well-being and the conservation of nature. Although not yet explicitly used to evaluate the progress towards sustainable development, the ecosystem service concept implies a direct link between biodiversity

Protection of the Arctic’s environments increasing

May 15, 2017

…says new report released at Arctic Council Ministerial To download the report and get more information: www.arcticbiodiversity.is/marine | www.pame.is All the data collected for this report can be found on CAFFs Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) On May 11th 2017, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) released the

Changes in Arctic marine biodiversity indicate environment on verge of major shift

May 12, 2017

…says new State of the Arctic Biodiversity Report, released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Further information can be found here: www.arcticbiodiversity.is/marine All the data collected for this report can be found on CAFFs Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) On May 11th 2017, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) released

GEO BON joined the 2nd GEO Data Providers workshop

April 28, 2017

GEO BON was invited to attend the Second GEO Data Providers workshop. The First GEO Data Providers workshop was held as a side event at the GEO-XIII Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia, to strengthen dialogue with data providers and to improve the discoverability, accessibility and usability of GEOSS resources. Given

WG Ecosystem Function KOSMOS Workshop

April 7, 2017

Within the activities of GEO BON’s Ecosystem Function WG, a workshop was held at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin on the 30th-31st of March 2017. The first day was held in a mini-conference format, with scientific talks followed by discussions, covering themes ranging from remote sensing of biodiversity, functional attributes