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About the BIP
 

 

The CBD-mandated Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) is the global initiative to promote and coordinate development and delivery of biodiversity indicators in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a range of other sectors.

The BIP’s work can be broadly separated into two components:

· - Developing a suite of global indicators to monitor and assess progress to international agreements and targets – if you are interested in this work then please visit the BIP’s global website

· - Supporting the development and use of indicators at the regional and national level – this work is supported here on this website

The Partnership brings together over forty organizations working internationally on indicator development to provide the most comprehensive information on biodiversity trends.

 

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Current Status
 

 

The adoption of the revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets signified a more comprehensive framework for managing and monitoring biodiversity. In order to best support the Strategic Plan, the BIP undertook an extensive review process and has identified the following three key objectives for the continued Partnership:

An enlarged and enhanced partnership to facilitate experience sharing and indicator implementation in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

A significant expansion in national capacity-strengthening for the development and use of biodiversity / ecosystem service indicators as part of NBSAP updating and implementation.

Providing a communication hub website for developing and communicating compelling storylines from the combined suite of global indicators.

Following CBD COP 11, held in Hyderabad in 2012, the BIP received a number of requests from the Parties and was referred to directly in several Decisions, strengthening its role at both the global and national levels. In addition, funding received through the EC ENRTP fund was predominantly aimed to support capacity building activities at the national and regional level. This, among other activities, will fund a number of regional workshops throughout 2012 and 2013 on biodiversity indicators for NBSAPs, as well as a programme to train individuals from across the world so that they are able to facilitate national-level workshops for indicator development as part of NBSAP updating. Through this funding, the BIP is also in the process of developing an e-learning module on biodiversity indicator development, and an online mechanism for indicator developers from across the world to connect with one another in order to seek and offer support. 

 

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The Origins of the BIP
 

The BIP was originally established in 2007, through funding from the Global Environment Facility and in response to a Decision made by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD (Decision VII/30). The aim was to monitor progress towards the 2010 Biodiversity Target which was agreed by Parties to the CBD in 2002. The BIP was subsequently endorsed by the CBD in Decision VIII/15.

From 2007-2010 the Partnership aimed to develop, strengthen, implement and communicate a suite of complementary indicators, which were agreed by parties to the CBD at COP 8 (Decision VIII/15) in 2006. This work ensured that the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information on biodiversity trends was available to decision makers and this resulted in a significantly enhanced and more comprehensive evidence base for the third Global Biodiversity Outlook, released in 2010, compared with earlier volumes. In addition to developing global indicators, the BIP also worked at the regional –national level by supporting countries in the development and use of biodiversity indicators which response to their priority needs. This support was delivered through a programme of capacity building workshops and through the development of guidance documents.

In short, the BIP, with funding from the GEF, achieved its goals with respect to monitoring achievement of the 2010 Biodiversity Target and building capacity for national indicator development, at the same time demonstrating the values of a global multi-stakeholder Partnership for this process. 


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More information
 

To find out more about the BIP’s regional and national capacity building work, click here.

To read about the members of the BIP Secretariat,click here

To find out about all the different BIP Partners,click here

For more information on the BIP, its partners, and its work at the global level, visit the BIP Global website


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