Priorities for Big Biodiversity Data:
The need for field-based species and ecosystem monitoring to complement satellite-based remote sensing
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Many different stakeholders require biodiversity data to make informed decisions on the management and conservation of natural resources and to track global Aichi Targets for biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. However, in spite of the growing abundance of global data, numerous challenges exist to its use. This webinar will discuss the blockages to data access and explain some key solutions that are planned or underway, focusing on efforts by three Eye on Earth Alliance Partners (IUCN, GEO and UNEP-WCMC). We will focus on the importance of satellite-based remote sensing complemented by more systematic in situ monitoring. We place emphasis on the need to harmonize global databases and resolve issues of interoperability to meet user needs, and the vital importance of partnerships and networks to tackle challenges together. We will conclude by summarizing some of the tools that will be essential for biodiversity monitoring in the future.
Dr PJ Stephenson: is Senior Advisor, Monitoring in the Science & Knowledge Unit at IUCN HQ in Gland, Switzerland and Chair of the IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group (www.speciesmonitoring.org).
Dr Gary N Geller: is a Senior Expert for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability with the secretariat of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He is based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California
Dr Naomi Kingston: is Head of the Protected Areas Programme at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK.
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