IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY

Established in 2008, the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) improves the availability of biodiversity data for decision makers and scientists in support of better policies.

GEO BON marks more than a decade of biodiversity and conservation efforts. 

GEO BON has made remarkable progress since its inception over a decade ago. It has developed into an internationally recognised organization with 800 members registered on the online platform from over 560 institutions and 90 countries. It is recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a key organization for biodiversity monitoring globally.

GEO BON coordinates efforts to design and implement interoperable national and regional biodiversity monitoring programmes. GEO BON has developed a global network and community of practice for biodiversity observations. This open network includes world-renowned leaders in biodiversity observations, as well as major partner organisations working in biodiversity monitoring. Through its global network of organizations and experts, GEO BON supports the sharing and dissemination of information and technology for biodiversity observations.

"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." 

 

Beijing Call to Action, 2018