The Fifth Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity and The Eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science

15 Apr 2021

Session 2 : Round Table on Biodiversity Monitoring and Data 

Main points discussed in the session:

•The success of the Global Biodiversity Framework fundamentally relies on fit-for-purpose indicators with sufficient and credible data.

•Core data available to policy makers must be tailored to underpin indicators, research and decision processes at all scales

•Repeatable workflows and methodologies for monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) can be applied at national level, scaled up for global aggregation

•Filling spatial, temporal and taxonomic data gaps is essential to guide conservation and sustainable use

•A culture of data sharing and attribution, capacity building and resource mobilization are needed to generate the information needed to implement and track the Global Biodiversity Framework

•New opportunities to scale up data mobilization include engaging the private sector/development actors to share biodiversity data from EIAs; and integrating data from DNA-based biodiversity sampling (eDNA)

Event Reports and Videos:

Session 1: Part 1: Opening Session

Session 1: Part 2: Breakout Group1

Session 1: Part 2: Breakout Group2

Session 2

Session 3: Breakout Group 1

Session 3: Breakout Group 2

Session 4

Session 5

Event Website

Video: Session 2 : Round table on biodiversity monitoring and data

Short Report

The round table discussion brought together multiple perspectives on biodiversity monitoring systems, data collection methods and harmonization of these systems at local, regional and global scales. The speakers emphasised that global data-to decision pipelines for conservation require biodiversity data that is representative of multiple scales. Such data collection at wider spatiotemporal scales can be made possible with partnerships, decentralized biodiversity networks and community-based initiatives. However, equitable availability of such data for decision making has been a challenge, which requires more user-friendly and centralized platforms. Integrating multiple sources of data with common standards, development of indicators, monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) can be facilitated by repeatable, harmonized workflows. Furthermore, better means of data mobilization and collating existing best practices in conservation are crucial to support decision making.


Event short report by By Shivani Krishna and Debapriyo Chakraborty. 

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