There is a wide recognition of the need to enhance cooperation and create opportunities for synergies in implementing the biodiversity-related conventions at the national level, in order to achieve more coherent, efficient and effective implementation. Multiple tools were created to support Parties in implementing the conventions and to report on their progress, successes and barriers encountered through national reporting.
Tools supporting Parties in compiling national reports include:
Tools for enhanced implementation of the biodiversity-related conventions:
The InforMEA Initiative brings together Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) to develop harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. InforMEA harvests COP decisions and resolutions, news, events, MEA membership, national focal points, national reports, and implementation plans from MEA secretariats and organizes this information around a set of agreed terms. The initiative develops harmonized and interoperable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large.
Selected Links to InforMEA:
- Homepage: https://www.informea.org/
- E-learning: https://elearning.informea.org/
- Country profiles: https://www.informea.org/en/countries
- Relevant information, such as national reports submitted to MEAs, are automatically fed from InforMEA into the DaRT national working spaces.
- CBD Bioland Tool
National experiences in developing national CHM websites have revealed that significant technical barriers exist when trying to establish even a basic national CHM website, particularly for developing countries with little capacity.
The Bioland Tool aims at overcoming these barriers by providing a turnkey solution that can be used by any developing country to rapidly establish a basic operational national CHM website that can effectively facilitate the implementation of its NBSAP.
A demonstration version of this tools is available at https://demo.chm-cbd.net/. For countries interested in making use of this tool, please see: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-112-chm-en.pdf
- WCMC Compendium on achieving synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions
The purpose of the document is to help increase access to existing guidance material on synergies among biodiversity-related conventions and to provide a basis for identifying gaps in the available guidance. As such, this report and any future online resources derived from it are primarily intended for informing the national focal points and management authorities responsible for the implementation of biodiversity-related conventions at the national level.
The guidance material has been grouped in the following way:
- Decisions and resolutions of the governing bodies of biodiversity-related conventions; and
- Guidance developed by biodiversity-related conventions secretariats and other organizations Guidance material
- NBSAP Forum
The NBSAP Forum is a global partnership aiming to support the revision and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The purpose of the NBSAP Forum web portal is to support countries in finding the information they need to develop and implement effective NBSAPs.
Tools for indicators:
- Biodiversity Indicators Partnership BIP
The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) is a global initiative to promote and coordinate the development and delivery of biodiversity indicators for use by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other biodiversity-related conventions, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national and regional agencies.
Many of the global indicators brought together under the BIP are comprised of national level data, or in some cases if not derived from national data, can be disaggregated at the national level. The BIP Dashboard allows accessing indicator data by country.
- DaRT is working on making the indicator data accessible in its national working spaces.
- Indicator Reporting Information System IRIS
Indicators are at the heart of IRIS and of objective decision making. Based on data from an organization’s routine monitoring, IRIS will automatically calculate values for indicators. The calculated indicator value and supporting information are presented to a subject matter expert for assessment and narration, with the result forming part of a report.
Tools to find and treat data and information:
- WCMC Compendium on key global databases related to biodiversity
The Compendium on key global databases related to biodiversity is a compilation of available global databases. It provides a basis for increasing access to these databases through the CBD Clearing-House Mechanism and other appropriate tools, and is intended to direct Convention Parties to data and information that can inform the effective implementation of the conventions.
- UN Biodiversity Lab
The UN Biodiversity Lab is an online platform that enables policymakers and other stakeholders to access over 100 of the world’s best global geospatial data layers, upload their own national datasets, and run analyses to provide key information to support implementation and monitoring of the Convention on Biological Diversity and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool IBAT
The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool IBAT is a web-based mapping and reporting tool used by companies, governments, researchers, and financial institutions to access global biodiversity datasets with which to make better decisions around the environment.
IBAT Country Profiles deliver nationally relevant data that are disaggregated from global datasets, to support conservation planning and reporting. It presents information on species from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, Protected Areas from the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) and on Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) from the World Database on Key Biodiversity Areas. IBAT Country Profiles are designed to build understanding of information about Protected Areas, important sites and species present, to aid national decision-making. More specifically, this tool presents a synthesis of a vast repository of knowledge to understand issues such as extinction risk and threats to assessed species, Protected Area coverage and designation, and the location of KBAs and the degree to which they are covered by Protected Areas.
- IBAT Homepage: https://ibat-alliance.org/
- IBAT Country profiles: https://ibat-alliance.org/country_profiles
- WCMC Compendium of guidance for capturing, managing and using data and information
This compendium of guidance provides details of information sources for capturing, managing, using, and sharing data, all in the context of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The primary aim of this document is to assist the staff of national governments and non-governmental organizations who are responsible for the capture, management and use of data and information with respect to the biodiversity-related conventions. This compendium in particular aims to support efforts towards improving the coordination of data and information systems to help governments maximize cost effectiveness when reporting on different biodiversity-related conventions.
- The World Environmment Situation Room
The World Environment Situation Room implements the Big Data Initiative. The project is global with overarching environmental policy relevance and impact. It includes geo-referenced, remote-sensing and earth observation information integrated with statistics and data on the environmental dimension of sustainable development. The themes of this Global platform cover complementary dimensions for Global Green Solutions for the Environment. It targets country policy makers, top environmental policy makers, the environmental scientific community, business and interested citizens. The platform is essential as a knowledge instrument to support progress on delivering the environmental dimension of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.