A global audit of biodiversity monitoring

24th October 2017

A global audit of biodiversity monitoring

There is a growing demand for data to track the changing state of biodiversity, such as trends in species’ populations. This project will undertake a global audit of biodiversity monitoring, identifying the major taxonomic, geographic and temporal gaps in coverage, and suggest ways to close them. The work will help to improve the monitoring of threatened species and Key Biodiversity Areas, and will feed into work undertaken as part of agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Project Aims

We will undertake a global audit of biodiversity monitoring, identifying the major taxonomic, geographic and temporal gaps in coverage, and suggest ways to close them. Our work will help to improve the monitoring of threatened species and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) around the world, and support several Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Key Activities

This project will use the proposers’ extensive global networks of partner organisations and collaborators to undertake the first global audit of biodiversity monitoring, by:

  • identifying where the main gaps in biodiversity monitoring lie, both spatially and taxonomically, and assessing how they could most effectively and efficiently be filled
  • compiling an inventory of the methods used in biodiversity monitoring across different taxa, to guide future schemes and promote standardisation of methods
  • linking data collectors with data users, by bringing information on monitoring schemes to the attention of a wider range of end users

Conservation Impact

  • Better understanding of the distribution and methods of biodiversity monitoring globally.
  • Increased volumes of biodiversity monitoring data available for decision makers (in e.g. governments, NGOs, donors), especially for conservation project reporting, MEA progress assessment and KBA monitoring.
  • Improved awareness and uptake of simple, affordable and replicable methods and databases for enhancing biodiversity monitoring.
  • A significant contribution to the work of the IUCN Species Monitoring Specialist Group

Outputs

One or more scientific papers presenting the results of the project, which will include:

  • A quantitative assessment of the global extent and coverage of biodiversity monitoring
  • A quantitative summary of the methodologies being used to monitor each major taxon group
  • An analysis of where the major gaps (temporal, taxonomic and geographic) exist in current monitoring

A freely available database of global monitoring schemes.

Project Overview

Type: Funded Projects
Theme: Indicators, monitoring and effectiveness
Project code: CCI-07-17-009
Start date: October 1, 2017
Status: Complete

Project team

CCI partners Involved

Other Organisations Involved

IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group

Zoological Society of London

Credits

Banner image: Mike Boehmer via Flickr creative commons
Thumbnail image: Christoph Aron via Flickr creative commons

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