This document gives an overview of the components and recommendations for selecting and using biodiversity indicators at the national and regional scales. The information in this document compliments and builds upon the information found in the 'Indicator Development' section of this website.
This document gives guidance on the use of indicators in the preparation and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). It is for practitioners worldwide who are involved in the revision and updating of their countries’ NBSAP.
Developing indicators for national targets as part of NBSAP updating: Examples of the Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework in practice
This document gives a number of worked examples of developing biodiversity indicators for countries’ NBSAPs. It aims to show the steps and processes involved in developing one or more indicators that help show progress made towards the achievement of a national target. The examples and conclusions shown are drawn from the results of a number of BIP workshops around the world.
This document is designed as a quick reference guide for the development of successful biodiversity indicators. It complements the ‘Guidance for National Biodiversity Indicator Development and Use’ which provides more detailed information and examples. This document contains ‘top tips’ for developing successful biodiversity indicators, an introduction to key concepts and definitions and key knowledge for following the ten steps of the Biodiversity Indicator Development Framework.
CBD Technical Series No. 58: Developing Ecosystem Service Indicators: Experiences and lessons learned from sub-global assessments and other initiatives
This report represents the efforts of a wide group of experts who were challenged with identifying how we might improve our understanding of ecosystem services using indicators. It focuses on the practical details of monitoring and measuring ecosystem services at scales that are relevant for policy and management. Drawing from a range of case studies and a thorough analysis of the literature, it lays out both the challenges to developing reliable indicators and the opportunities for improving and enhancing what we currently know.
This report shows how earth observation technologies can and should fit into systems for biodiversity monitoring, as well as demonstrates how these approaches could further improve relevant indicators for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It illustrates a clear track from observations done by remote sensing platforms through Essential Biodiversity Variables to biodiversity indicators and ultimately to the assessment of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and ultimately in support of evidence-based decision making. There is clearly huge potential for involving the wide range of current and emerging Earth Observation products in biodiversity monitoring. However, it is imperative that a balance is achieved between innovation in new products and the continuity of existing earth observations. A consistent, comparable readily available time series of biodiversity-relevant earth observations, such as long-term land cover change, is a pressing need. If this need were filled it would greatly enhance our ability to keep biodiversity and ecosystems under proper review and take well informed policy decisions.
These guidelines have been produced to support the development of ecosystem service indicators at the national and regional level for uses in reporting, assessments, policy making, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, environmental management, development planning and education. The guidance contains four key sections:
This table maps the current
suite of indicators brought together under the Biodiversity Indicators
Partnership to both the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable
Development Goals to support the identification of indicator synergies between
the processes. This is a working table which will be continually updated to
include new indicators as the BIP expands its membership, and greater
characterisation of how the indicators can be used at the national level.
In Summer 2016, an Open Consultation was conducted to identify additional indicators and datasets which had not previously been included in the CBD's list of indicators, but which could prove useful in tracking progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Consultation was widely disseminated, in order to attract responses not only from within the biodiversity community but from other sectors and other practitioners. The results of this Consultation are discussed in the attached report.