By GEO BON Secretariat

November 23, 2021

News from: News from the GEO BON secretariat

Abstract: Nations are increasing their ambition for nature by making transformative commitments to address the challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. This session will address how standardized actionable biodiversity knowledge is being built, showcase recently developed monitoring tools that support the detection and analysis of biodiversity change, and present case studies that show how countries are using these data and tools to harmonize policy and action for biodiversity conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals. Lessons learned in the co-production of knowledge between researchers and stakeholders, capacity development efforts and the identification of funding opportunities to increase cross-sectoral efforts will also be discussed.



Time (CET) Title Speaker Affiliation
4:00-4:05 Welcome and opening remarks Rafael Monge Vargas MINAE
4:05-4:10 Biodiversity monitoring for sustainable territories María Cecilia Londoño Murcia Instituto Humboldt
4:10-4:15 Best practices for biology and ecosystems Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs): the foundation of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) Frank Muller-Karger University of South Florida
4:15-4:20 Arctic Ecosystem Functional Diversity Howard Epstein University of Virginia
4:20-4:25 Project AMAZECO: Covering the Amazon with an Ecosystem Structure EBV product combining satellite and airborne LIDAR Rubén Valbuena Bangor University
4:25-4:30 CoastWatch Seascapes: a new remote sensing approach to evaluate the changing biogeography of the sea Maria Kavanaugh Oregon State University
4:30-4:35 Interactive infographics in support of conservation and sustainable use of living resources in the sea Enrique Montes NOAA
4:35-4:50 Overcoming data challenges, with focus on national validation of data Moderated group discussion
4:50-5:00 Break
5:00-5:05 Expanding Wallace species distribution modeling software as a tool for assessment and reporting by Biodiversity Observation Networks Mary Blair American Museum of Natural History
5:05-5:10 Extracting the signal of biodiversity change from unstructured species-occurrence data Simon Ferrier,

Andrew Hoskins

5:10-5:20 Mapping Essential Life Support Areas in Costa Rica Enrique Paniagua,

Cornelia Miller


PRIAS Laboratory

5:20-5:25 AI for the Belize National Marine Habitat Map: Supporting marine spatial planning and the development of a sustainable blue economy Arlene Young Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute
5:25-5:45 How tools can be applied in different countries and regions Panel discussion
5:45-5:50 Closing remarks Rafael Monge Vargas MINAE

María Cecilia Londoño
Instituto Humboldt

Frank Muller-Karger
University of South Florida

Howard Epstein
University of Virginia

Rubén Valbuena
Bangor University

Maria Kavanaugh
Oregon State University

Enrique Montes

Mary Blair

Simon Ferrier

Andrew Hoskins

Enrique Paniagua

Cornelia Miller
PRIAS Laboratory

Arlene Young
Belize CZMAI

Moderator: Rafael Monge

Host: Adriana Radulovici

Co-host: Joana Soares
GEO Week 2021