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GEO BON - The Group On Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network


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Improve the acquisition, coordination and delivery of biodiversity observations and related services to users including decision makers and the scientific community.


A global biodiversity observation network that contributes to effective management policies for the world’s biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Some of the key GEO BON goals for 2025 include:

  • GEO BON has facilitated the development or enhancement of at least 25 national biodiversity observation systems, representing most of the Earth’s major biomes, that are coordinated and can contribute to regional and global biodiversity assessments.
  • At least 10 regularly updated operational products (e.g. global change detection maps of forest cover; compendium of marine environmental databases) have been developed, providing high quality observations, information and data to scientists, decision-makers and the public at various scales; remotely sensed and in-situ data (based on the EBVs) are routinely used as inputs to these observation products and contribute to models that support improved policy assessments and scenarios at multiple scales.
  • A strong, balanced and sustained biodiversity observation community is functioning, based on shared resources and increased capacity.

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GEO BON is continuously building up its network. GEO BON has more than 400 individual members from 45 different countries, including scientists, managers and practitioners active in biodiversity observation ( Approximately 1100 people around the world receive our newsletter that is published four times a year and this number has been increasing at a rate of 300 people a year. GEO BON invites all parties to be part of the GEO BON community shaping the future biodiversity observation. GEO BON fully depend on the active collaboration of members as well as the entire biodiversity community.

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