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A global observatory to monitor Earth’s biodiversity

A global observatory to monitor Earth’s biodiversity
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A global observatory to monitor Earth’s biodiversity  Science Daily

A global observatory to monitor Earth’s biodiversity

Monitoring Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

At a time of unparalleled rates of biodiversity loss, a new interconnected system to monitor biodiversity around the world is needed to guide action quickly enough to target conservation efforts to where they are most needed.

The Urgent Need for Monitoring

“The lethal combination of habitat loss, the exploitation of natural populations, and climate change is causing species extinction rates not seen since the last mass extinction 65 million years ago,” said Prof. Andrew Gonzalez, Liber Ero Chair in Conservation Biology at McGill University and co-Chair of GEO BON. “We lack the means to monitor these impacts fast enough across most areas of the planet.”

The Global Biodiversity Observing System (GBiOS)

Operating much like the existing global network of weather stations that monitor climate change and its impacts, the Global Biodiversity Observing System (GBiOS) is a proposal developed by scientists from the Group of Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), and its partners. It aims to combine technology, data, and knowledge from around the world to foster collaboration and data sharing among countries, providing the data urgently needed to monitor change and target action.

Promoting Collaboration and Data Sharing

GBiOS can galvanize collaboration on the critical issue of biodiversity data access, sharing, and equitable use. “It can provide the information we need at the pace we need it to support countries as they make progress towards their biodiversity goals,” said Prof. Alice Hughes, Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong, and one of the dozens of scientists who collaborated to develop the proposal for GBiOS.

Supporting Global Biodiversity Framework

GBiOS is a missing piece of the science-policy puzzle needed to support the Global Biodiversity Framework agreed upon at the COP-15 conference in Montreal last year. It contributes to a representative and inclusive understanding of biodiversity change and supports effective implementation of policies that are designed to reverse biodiversity loss and achieve the global goals for nature in the coming decades.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

  1. SDG 15: Life on Land

    • Target 15.5: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species.
    • Indicator: The article highlights the need for a new interconnected system, the Global Biodiversity Observing System (GBiOS), to monitor biodiversity around the world and provide the data urgently needed to monitor change and target action. This indicates the need for an indicator that measures the progress in reducing habitat degradation, halting biodiversity loss, and preventing species extinction.
  2. SDG 13: Climate Action

    • Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.
    • Indicator: The article mentions that climate change is causing species extinction rates not seen since the last mass extinction. This indicates the need for an indicator that measures the integration of climate change measures into national policies and strategies to address the impacts on biodiversity.
  3. SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

    • Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources.
    • Indicator: The article emphasizes the need for collaboration, data sharing, and equitable use of biodiversity data. This indicates the need for an indicator that measures the enhancement of global partnerships for sustainable development, particularly in the context of biodiversity conservation.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 15: Life on Land Target 15.5: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species. The need for a new interconnected system, the Global Biodiversity Observing System (GBiOS), to monitor biodiversity around the world and provide the data urgently needed to monitor change and target action.
SDG 13: Climate Action Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning. The mention of climate change causing species extinction rates not seen since the last mass extinction.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources. The emphasis on collaboration, data sharing, and equitable use of biodiversity data.

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