The Asia Pacific BON, or AP-BON, was organized by the participants of the International Workshop for Networking Biodiversity Observation Activities in Asia Pacific Region held from July 21-22 2009, in Nagoya University, Japan. It was established as a regional network related to GEO BON, covering most countries of the Asia-Pacific region and covering all levels of biodiversity and ecosystems. As of 2017, some BONs are already operational at the national and sub-regional levels but there remains a need to organize more National BONs and organize their network, with the support of the GEO BON Secretariat and BON Development Working Group. Training courses were organized and are available through GBIF as funded by BIFA. There is however still a need to expand to other areas and parts of Asia and Pacific.

The AP BON has been working on the identification of threats to biodiversity, in particular, drivers of biodiversity loss, mangrove loss, wetland loss, and anthropogenic actions that hamper the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. The AP BON makes the use of various technology for biodiversity monitoring at high resolution and providing large coverage such as Forest Crane, Drones and LIDAR that facilitate assessments in various ecosystems. Biodiversity databases have been established through various accessible platforms such as GBIF, ABCDNET, National Clearing House Mechanisms and the ASEAN Clearing House Mechanisms. In addition, related databases specific to certain taxa have been established.

About Asia-Pacific BON
Co-leads

Tetsukaza Yahara
Kyushu University Japan

Eun-Shik Kim
Kookmin University, Seoul Korea

Sheila Vergara
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
Key objectives

The core objective of the APBON for the 2017 – 2020-time period is to move toward developing a broader network of biodiversity observations. To that extent, AP BON will promote data sharing to increase access to biodiversity related information that will enable the effective monitoring of changes in biodiversity. Gaps in available information will be addressed by improving collaboration among researchers in observation sites, designing incentives for data publications and deriving solutions to relevant science questions. AP BON also highlighted the need to improve communication and collaboration among BONs, to identify more national, thematic and regional BONs and to reach out to other parts of Asia and the Pacific. The future of AP BON relies on the participation of young scientists and will thus endeavour to engage them in participating in deriving solutions to conservation issues and in preparing joint publications.

Activities
1. Biodiversity Observations in the Asia Pacific Region
Leads AP BON co-leads
Team/Partners TBD
EBV Class
Development approach Capacity Building, Monitoring Protocol Design, Data Collection
Description The Asia Pacific BON will continue to hold dialogues with the member organizations and partners in order to exchange biodiversity information, improve access to technology and improve the utility of shared data. AP BON will also continue to encourage the organization of National BONs, and further networking between those BONs, with the support of the GEO BON Secretariat and BON Development WG. As a result, a coordinated and integrated observation system will be promoted in each country. Components of these systems also include access support for training courses and collaborations with GBIF in order to improve skills for the development for data archiving, and the cultivation of a culture of data sharing. Finally, the AP BON will contribute to the maintenance of data platforms established through GBIF, ABCDNET, and related other databases.
Timeline 2017 2018 2019 2020
Milestones and/or Deliverables
Resources
Link with other activities This activity will be linked with activities of the BON Development WG, particularly BD1 and BD3. In addition, this activity will be supported by the EBV Data Task Force.
2. Networking in the Asia Pacific Region
Leads AP BON Co-leads
Team/Partners TBD
EBV Class
Development approach Capacity Building, Monitoring Protocol design
Description The Asia Pacific Bon will promote the communication and collaboration among biodiversity monitoring networks, initiatives and associate networks. Particular attention will be given to acknowledging difference in monitoring approaches, methods and the difficulty of standardizing methods. The AP BON will hence work towards deriving solutions to certain science questions from which common goals and indicators can be identified. The AP BON will also encourage the participation of researchers working in various ecosystems and facilitate their engagement in discussions and collaboration in joint publications of data papers
Timeline 2017 2018 2019 2020
Milestones and/or Deliverables
Resources
Link with other activities This activity will be linked with activities of the BON Development WG, particularly BD1 and BD3.
Data Products
Documents & Publications
Partners
Resources