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.
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 new GEO BON paper is published in the latest issue of the journal “Trends in Ecology & Evolution” which summarizes priorities to advance monitoring of ecosystem services using Earth observation. The GEO BON working group on Ecosystem Services aims, among other things, to (i) facilitate trend assessments and monitoring
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
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
During a three-day meeting, from March 29th to 31st, held at Jasper-Ridge-Biological-Preserve, experts representing biodiversity observation initiatives in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, met with some of the world’s leading biodiversity monitoring experts from the GEO BON Network including the California Academy of Sciences, CSIRO, Conservation International-TEAM, EcoHealth Alliance,
We are very pleased to inform you that GEO BON was formally approved as one of the four GEO Flagships at the November GEO-XIII Plenary in St Petersburg!
The GEO Handbook was edited with contributions from over 100 authors, from all over the world, including both scientists and practitioners. It covers approaches from in-situ observations to remote sensing, to modelling biodiversity and reporting. The book was designed to provide practical guidance to broadly-defined biodiversity observation networks at all
Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) consolidate information from varied biodiversity observation sources. Here we demonstrate the links between data sources, EBVs and indicators and discuss how different sources of biodiversity observations
A new paper published on the policy forum of the Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation (RSEC) open-access journal, summaries the conditions for a collective engagement of space agencies in the co-development of Essential Biodiversity Variables.