By GEO BON Secretariat

July 9, 2021

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Background

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in collaboration with the UN Regional Commissions are organizing a series of webinars to increase the understanding of the monitoring framework of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF) and to foster collaboration between stakeholders. Watch here the recording from 28 June 2021 (English) and here the recording from 8 July 2021 (Spanish).

There is broad acknowledgement of the need for fit-for-purpose indicators to measure and report on biodiversity change, operational at the national level, and underpinned by sustained biodiversity observations. GEO BON, a network comprising over 1,700 experts, has the support for indicator development as its core mission. It has advanced concepts, workflows and data products that address essential variables of biodiversity as a basis for scalable indicators in support of countries’ monitoring and decision-support needs. These indicators enable parties to leverage advanced scientific methods and technologies while supporting full national adaptation.

Schedule

GEO BON is organizing technical webinars to provide information on proposed Headline Indicators of the draft post-2020 global biodiversity framework related to the Goal on Ecosystems, species and genetic diversity and the Target on protected areas and area-based conservation measures. The webinars are targeted toward CBD focal points and associated communities worldwide, will answer questions on indicator practical use, and stimulate discussion on future applications.

12 July 2021 – Species populations and area-based conservation

26 July 2021Genetic diversity

Download compiled presentations here.

Watch the recording on the GEO BON YouTube channel.

Agenda

Time (ET) Topic Speaker Affiliation
9:00-9:10 Introduction Jillian Campbell Convention on Biological Diversity
9:10-9:20 Why genetic diversity is important, and fundamental concepts including Ne (effective size) Linda Laikre Stockholm University (Sweden)
9:20-9:30 Explaining genetic diversity indicators in the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Sean Hoban The Morton Arboretum (USA)
9:30-9:40 Q & A
9:40-10:20 Genetic diversity indicators – A South African perspective Jessica da Silva South Africa National Biodiversity Institute (South Africa)
CONABIO’s example approach to evaluate genetic diversity indicators Alicia Mastretta-Yanes Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico)
A scorecard approach to assessing genetic diversity David O’Brien NatureScot (Scotland)
Applying proposed genetic indicators to CBD: A handful cases from Sweden Per Sjögren-Gulve Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Sweden)
10:20-10:30 Q & A
10:30-10:35 Closing Jillian Campbell Convention on Biological Diversity

Speakers


Jillian Campbell
Convention on Biological Diversity
Montreal, Canada

Linda Laikre
Stockholm University
Sweden

Sean Hoban
The Morton Arboretum
USA

Jessica da Silva
South Africa National
Biodiversity Institute
South Africa

Alicia Mastretta-Yanes
Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad
Mexico

David O’Brien
NatureScot
Scotland

Per Sjögren-Gulve
Swedish Environmental
Protection Agency
Sweden

 

12 July 2021 Species populations and area-based conservation

Download compiled presentations here.

Watch the recording on the GEO BON YouTube channel.

Agenda

Time (ET) Topic Speaker Affiliation
9:00-9:05 Introduction Jillian Campbell Convention on Biological Diversity
9:05-9:50 Species Population Essential Biodiversity Variables Melodie McGeoch La Trobe University (Australia)
Indicator policy relevance, calculation, adaptation, and use Walter Jetz Yale University (USA)
Q & A
9:50-10:05 Indicator national use and adaptation in Colombia María Cecilia Londoño Murcia Humboldt Institute (Colombia)
Q & A
10:05-10:25 Indicator use for mountain biodiversity Davnah Urbach Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, Bern University (Switzerland)
A mountain nation perspective from Switzerland Eva Spehn Swiss Biodiversity Forum (Switzerland)
Q & A
10:25-10:30 Closing Jillian Campbell Convention on Biological Diversity

Speakers


Jillian Campbell
Convention on Biological Diversity
Montreal, Canada

Melodie McGeoch
La Trobe University
Melbourne, Australia

Walter Jetz
Yale University
USA

María Cecilia Londoño
Humboldt Institute
Bogota, Colombia

Davnah Urbach
Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, Bern University
Switzerland

Eva Spehn
Swiss Biodiversity Forum
Switzerland

TBD September 2021: Ecosystem extent/integrity + Connectivity

GEO BON Webinars on Supporting Implementation of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework