We, the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), have gathered scientists and practitioners from 25 countries, on the occasion of our 10th anniversary, in Beijing, to discuss the future of biodiversity monitoring globally. We call on the Parties to the CBD to significantly step up their efforts on
A new study program of the Keck Institute for Space Studies started in October 2018 with the goal of advancing progress towards the integration of space-based and ground-based approaches in biodiversity science. Around 30 experts in remote sensing and in-situ biodiversity research started the study during a 5-days workshop held at Caltech,
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,
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 GEO BON community was largely represented at the GEO Week and 14th GEO Plenary, held in Washington DC, USA, from October 23rd to 26th. The GEO BON Secretariat participated in a series of side events on the “European Environmental Research Infrastructure Community as sustainable in-situ contribution”, “The role of
The GEO BON Management Committee is very happy to inform you that the Implementation Plan of GEO BON for 2017-2020 is finally on line!
From June 26th to 28th, GEO BON held the in-person meeting of its Implementation Committee and Advisory Board in Leipzig, Germany. Following the change in the structure of the network in the summer of 2016, this meeting was the occasion for the working groups, BONs, and task force leads to