The growing promise of community-based monitoring and citizen science

October 15, 2021

Over recent decades, community-based environmental monitoring (often called “co-created citizen science”) has exploded in popularity. A special section in BioScience examines the potential for such efforts and makes recommendations for future directions. In an overview article on the concept, practice, application and results of community-based monitoring, the potential for monitoring

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Belize National Marine Habitat Map (NMHM)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Belize National Marine Habitat Map (NMHM)
July 12, 2021

The GEO BON-supported AI for the Belize National Marine Habitat Map (NMHM) project focuses on updating Belize’s existing Landsat-based two-decade old NMHM using recent, higher spatial and temporal resolution satellite imagery, updated mapping techniques, and leveraging the power of Microsoft’s Azure. In late 2020, the project held a stakeholder workshop

Highlights from the Tropical Andes Observatory (TAO) Workshop

June 30, 2021

Focal Ecosystems, Conceptual Models and Essential Biodiversity Variables The first TAO Regional Workshop was held between May 17th – 20th. During this 4-day productive timespan, specialists, users, and producers of biodiversity data met in 8 different working sessions that allowed to deepen the knowledge regarding biodiversity data needs in our

A CBD-focused year for the Genetic Composition Working Group (GCWG)

June 30, 2021

One of the aims of the Genetic Composition Working Group (GCWG) is to support the integration of genetic data and monitoring into management and policy. Over the last year, the GCWG’s main focus has been the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), given the urgent need to improve the wording

EuropaBON’s first stakeholder workshop, May 2021

June 30, 2021

EuropaBON held its first stakeholder event on user and policy needs in May 2021. The objectives of the workshop were two-fold: 1) secure commitment by the EU Commission and other high-level policy agencies, including the EEA and Eurostat and 2) reach out to and actively engage stakeholders in the different

Asia-Pacific BON’s (APBON) new Strategic Plan toward 2030

Asia-Pacific BON’s (APBON) new Strategic Plan toward 2030
June 30, 2021

The Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (APBON) was launched in 2009 as a network of institutions and research groups in the Asia-Pacific region. The network contributes to and utilizes a knowledge resource base for decision-making and policy-making for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. Based on the achievements in the first

All-Atlantic 2021 MBON side-event: Advancing Collaborative Biodiversity Observations

All-Atlantic 2021 MBON side-event: Advancing Collaborative Biodiversity Observations
June 30, 2021

The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) showcased the latest thinking for Advancing Collaborative Biodiversity Observations at the recent All-Atlantic2021 – All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial & Stakeholder Conference, from June 2 to June 4th, 2021. MBON responded to the All-Atlantic2021 Pledging Campaign, encouraging the creation of an All-Atlantic

The UN Ocean Decade starts with good news for the GEO BON community

The UN Ocean Decade starts with good news for the GEO BON community
June 11, 2021

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) was officially launched on 1 June 2021 through a High-Level event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany in partnership with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The Ocean Decade will see an outstanding alliance of