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November 12, 2018

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We, the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), have gathered scientists and practitioners from 25 countries, on the occasion of our 10th anniversary, in Beijing, to discuss the future of biodiversity monitoring globally. We call on the Parties to the CBD to significantly step up their efforts on the collection, analysis and delivery of biodiversity observations to advance the world towards the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.

Despite significant progress over the last decade in gathering biodiversity observations and on the development of indicators, numerous gaps and barriers remain. At the time of the mid-term assessment of progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets for 2020, uncertainties remained in the evaluation of most of the targets. Repeated, long-term biodiversity observations are crucial to detect and understand changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services and for assessing current and future policy options through scenarios and models. Without a significant increase in the global investment in biodiversity monitoring, existing observation gaps will remain and continue to impair the assessment of policy goals as well as limit their effective implementation.

To achieve a step change in action, we propose that the post-2020 targets explicitly include the development of sustained operational national biodiversity observation networks. Such national monitoring systems would routinely collect in situ and remote sensing data in the terrestrial, marine, and freshwater realms; aggregate and publish the data into public repositories; model Essential Biodiversity Variables; report on indicators relevant to national biodiversity strategies and targets; and greatly facilitate policy implementation at a critical time for the world’s biodiversity. Developing such national biodiversity observation networks should be a priority in the post-2020 period and GEO BON stands ready to support these efforts.

Beijing, 13 July 2018

GEO BON All Hands Meeting 2018 in Beijing China, July 9th – 12th 2018
Signatories of the call
Lastname Firstname Institution Country or region
Bayraktarov Elisa University of Queensland Australia
Bruford Michael Cardiff University United Kingdom
Chen Mengmeng Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Costello Mark University of Auckland New Zealand
El Serafy Ghada Deltares Netherlands
Encalada Andrea Universidad San Francisco de Quito Ecuador
Fernandez Miguel NatureServe Bolivia
Fernández Néstor German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Germany
Ferrier Simon CSIRO Australia
Fitzpatrick Matt University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science USA
Geijzendorffer Ilse Tour du Valat France
Geller Gary NASA USA
Gill Michael NatureServe Canada
Guerra Carlos German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Germany
He Yuxiao Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Hoban Sean Morton Arboretum USA
Hobern Donald Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat Denmark
Hu Shao-Ji Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security, Yunnan University China
Hughes Alice C. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
Hunter Margaret USGS USA
Muller-Karger Frank University of South Florida USA
Kattge Jens Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Germany
Keranen Inka Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) Finland
Kim Eun-Shik Kookmin University Korea
Krug Cornelia University of Zurich Switzerland
Langer Christian German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Germany
Le Bras Yvan French National Museum of Natural History France
Li Jiaqi Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Li Ruoxi Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning (CAEP) China
Londono Murcia Maria Instituto Alexander von Humboldt Colombia
Ma Fang-Zhou Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
McGeoch Melodie Monash University Australia
Meng Fanjuan Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
Mergeay Joachim Research Institute for Nature and Forest Belgium
Montes Enrique University of South Florida USA
Mulatu Kalkidan Wageningen University Ethiopia
Muyizzi Julius National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Uganda
Naud Marie-José Université du Québec à Rimouski Canada
Navarro Laetitia German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Germany
Niamir Aidin Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute Germany
Pereira Henrique German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Germany
Rashni Bindiya NatureFiji – MareqetiViti Fiji
Schmeller Dirk Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier France
Selomane Odirilwe Stockholms Resilience Centre Sweden
Skidmore Andrew University Twente Netherlands
Skowno Andrew South African National Biodiversity Institute South Africa
Thomas Anne-Kathrin German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Germany
Tong Wenjun Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Tuanmu Mao-Ning Academia Sinica Taiwan
Turak Eren Office of Environment and Heritage Australia
Urbina-Cardona Nicolas Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Colombia
Vallejos María University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina
Vergara Sheila ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Philippines
Vihervaara Petteri Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) Finland
Wan Huawei Satellite Environment Center (SEC), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Wan Yaqiong Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Wang Chen Satellite Environment Center (SEC), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Wang Chenbin Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Wang Tiejun University of Twente Netherlands
Wu Yanqing Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Xu Haigen Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Yahara Tetsukazu Kyushu University Japan
Yi Jianfeng Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) China
Zhu Chao-Dong Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
The Beijing 2018 call on biodiversity observations for post-2020 decision-making