GEO BON and the Post-2020 Global

Biodiversity Framework

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continued its series of in-person meetings with the fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 4) on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya, between 21-26 June 2022 and was followed by an expert workshop on the monitoring framework of the GBF held in Bonn, Germany, between 29 June and 1 July 2022. GEO BON was present with an online delegation at OEWG 4 and with an on-site representative (Andrew Gonzalez, co-Chair) in Bonn. In preparation for these meetings, GEO BON and Future Earth (bioDISCOVERY programme) have convened a group of international experts to produce a series of science briefs which aimed to provide an updated assessment and recommendations for select targets and goals of the GBF, as well as the monitoring framework.

The briefs are available for download here.


The joint work of GEO BON and Future Earth will continue in the next months with additional briefs related to GBF. Dissemination material will be released ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, Canada, 7-19 December 2022.

GBiOS Workshop at

World Biodiversity Forum 2022

The World Biodiversity Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland (26 June - 1 July 2022) started with a workshop on the Global Biodiversity Observation System (GBiOS) co-organized by GEO BON and NASA. The workshop was attended by more than 40 participants from a variety of institutions and produced two core outcomes:

1) Agreement on the top-level concept for GBiOS
2) Development of several initial implementation options

Next steps now being planned include additional workshops to refine stakeholder needs and a side event at CBD COP-15. GBiOS is a major thrust area for GEO BON in the coming years.


Read more here.


Gary Geller (NASA) and GEO BON Secretariat

First in-person workshop of the Freshwater BON Coordination Committee in Davos, Switzerland in June 2022

The FWBON Coordination Committee (Co-Chairs and Regional Coordinators) held our first in-person meeting in June 2022 in Davos, Switzerland. The 3-day workshop provided the opportunity to discuss and prioritise short- and long-term goals of FWBON, identify regional and global projects to support those goals, and develop an action-oriented approach to ensure the work of FWBON is relevant and contributes to GEO BON’s vision of a Global Biodiversity Observation System (GBiOS).

The work-plan developed for 2022-2030 focuses on:
1. Building the strength of the FWBON network;

2. Developing recommendations for harmonised freshwater biota sampling protocols;

3. Facilitating and mobilising data access, sharing, and interoperability;

4. Contributing to regional and global indicators and reporting structures;

5. Creating products useful for sound management of freshwater ecosystems and their catchments;

6. Positioning FWBON as a global leader and source of expertise in freshwater biodiversity monitoring and assessment.

Over the next years, the Coordination Committee will initiate projects that support this workplan and through engagement with the FWBON membership.


Andreas Bruder


News from Marine BON

1. The MBON partnered with CIIMAR (Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Portugal), the AIR Centre (Atlantic International Research Centre), U.S. IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System), OBPS (Ocean Best Practices System), OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System), and GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) to hold an in-person side event on 28 June 2022 as part of the UN Ocean Conference. The session promoted the integration of biological and ecological observations into coastal and ocean observing systems and monitoring programs; best practices that allow for the information to be interoperable, scalable, and usable; collaborations that are in place to support marine life monitoring and to exchange and adapt knowledge for the benefit of human communities; and identifying gaps in knowledge and understanding. Participants developed the following statement.

Read more here.

2. The MarBioME - Marine Biodiversity Monitoring in Europe- study, funded by the EC and coordinated by the AIR Centre, with the MBON Secretariat, EuropaBON and EuroSea as partners, aims to provide a global review of European marine biodiversity projects and monitoring programs and to collate information on research gaps. For 6 months these organizations worked in supporting the determination of the status of marine life monitoring in Europe to help to build a roadmap for additional marine monitoring efforts and to support EU-related policies. MarBioME will support the designing of an EU-wide framework for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services.


3. The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Forum held a Scientific Event in Brasilia (Brazil) from May 21-June 2, 2022. The MBON partnered with the OBPS, OBIS, and GOOS to hold a virtual side event to advance the co-design of solutions that require biology and ecosystem observations integrated with traditional ocean observing. This session promoted dialogue about local stakeholder needs for monitoring, information, and capacity development in different parts of the Atlantic. Participants developed the following statement as an outcome of the side event. These were highlighted at the Ministerial Event in Washington, D.C. (July 13-14), at which MBON join the discussions.

Read more here.


Joana Silveira Soares

MBON - AIR Centre

Biodiversity for a resilient planet: a deeper look

This June, the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) and our partners hosted a panel at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference titled "Biodiversity for a Resilient Planet: A Deeper Look." This official side event featured seven experts in deep-ocean science and policy discussing new solutions to challenges facing the deep-sea ecosystems we rely on. After the main panel, there was also an engaging discussion with the audience about building connections between policy and ocean science.


You can find more details and a recording of the panel here.


Brandon Gertz

Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) announced the official launch of the BioEco Portal – a freely available, open access platform that provides metadata and information on global ocean observing programs that focus on biological and ecosystem variables. The BioEco Portal is a resource that allows GOOS and the ocean observing community to discover where, how and what observations are made and by whom. The aim is to provide the most accurate current state and trends in ocean observation and the health of marine life. Additionally, the role of the BioEco Portal is to increase the coordination of ocean observation and filling the knowledge gaps.

Read more here.


Serita van der Wal

Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

Tracking the spread of introduced and invasive alien species across countries globally

The Country Compendium of the Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS) has just been published – a product developed over the last decade with contributions from multiple partners and experts. The GRIIS Country Compendium provides an information baseline for global reporting on the status and trends in biological invasions at both an internal scale and for individual countries. The Compendium is a versioned, living product that includes multiple realms and taxonomic groups for 196 countries. It includes over 5,000 invasive alien species known to threaten biodiversity globally and over 23,000 species of concern.


Read more here.


Melodie McGeoch

LaTrobe University

Strong phenological shifts among bumblebee species in North America can help predict extinction risk

As rapid climate changes become widespread, failures to track favourable climate conditions can increase extinction risk. This study identifies that earlier arrival of spring has a negative impact on survival of bumblebees (Bombus) that are not correspondingly shifting their activity timing. We analyze emergence and peak occurrence phenology for 21 species across Canada and the United States during baseline (1954–1970) and modern (2004–2012) periods. We find that climate strongly explained variation in spring emergence timing in 15 native Bombus species. This approach serves as a guide to analyzing spatiotemporal responses to climate change on a large scale across taxa.


Read the paper here.


Olga Koppel

University of Ottawa

Omic BON is growing!

Since Omic BON's endorsement, we have created our initial webpage, and we are excited to share more about our team and activities. We have held a fruitful coordination meeting with the Genetic Composition WG, and opened communication with the Freshwater BON, Marine BON, and Asia-Pacific BON. We look forward to and invite wider engagement in the near future. We are also in the process of formalising our relationship with the OBON Programme of the UN Ocean Decade. We are excited for what's to come!


Raïssa Meyer

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Guidance for the assessment of ecosystem services in African Biosphere Reserves

CEBioS (Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development) is proud to announce the publication, in cooperation with UNESCO, of the EVAMAB Manual: Guidance for the assessment of ecosystem services in African Biosphere Reserves: a way forward to sustainable development. It was officially launched at the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress in Kigali in July 2022.


The EVAMAB-project addressed the evaluation of the economic value of ecosystem services (ES) in UNESCO-MAB sites from a regional perspective (Africa) and focused on sites from 4 countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda. This project lasted 30 months (2017-2019) and was financed in the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding between @Belspo (Belgian Science Policy) and UNESCO to support research activities in Biosphere Reserves (BR). The EVAMAB consortium consisted of a multi- and transdisciplinary team of 4 Belgian partners: one Federal Scientific Institute (RBINS, with CEBioS as promotor) and 3 universities (K.U.Leuven, ULB - Université libre de Bruxelles, Universiteit-Antwerpen).


For the first time, a specific, user-friendly manual dedicated to assess ecosystem services was created for biosphere reserve managers and decision-makers, and adapted to the African biosphere reserve context. Filling a gap in the Man and the Biosphere community and beyond, this manual will provide its readers with the necessary tools and knowledge to engage their communities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


Find the publication here

More on the EVAMAB project here.


Anne-Julie Rochette

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Call for contributions to the special issue of Diversity: "Assessments, Planning and Action for Conservation of Species and Ecosystems at Multiple Spatial Scales"

We invite anyone investigating the status of species and ecosystems at any spatial scale to consider submitting an article for this Special Issue. Particularly welcome are analyses that help identify priorities and gaps, and those that address geographical regions of the world where biodiversity levels are high but where human, financial and institutional resources are weaker. Species- or ecosystem-specific articles that illustrate the progression from assessment to planning to action are also welcomed, as well as analyses that develop a particular stage of the Species Conservation Cycle for a group of organisms or ecosystems. We highly encourage a diversity of authorship, balancing the geography, age, gender and expertise of participants. Achieving taxonomic diversity in the collection of articles—animals, fungi and plants—and geographical diversity in the locations of analyses are also primary goals.

Read more here.


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022


Jon Paul Rodríguez

IUCN Species Survival Commission


03–07 October 2022 – Marine Imaging Workshop
17–21 October 2022 – TDWG 2022
31–04 November 2022 – GEO Week
07–18 November 2022 – UNFCCC COP 27
08 November 2022 -
2022 EuropaBON Conference
05–17 December 2022 – UNCBD COP15
6-10 March 2023 - 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin.


Call for research proposals to support African-European collaborative efforts to develop algorithms and applications:


In the framework of the EO AFRICA initiative, the R&D Facility in collaboration with European Space Agency (ESA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), launched at the end of 2021 a call for research proposals to support African-European collaborative efforts to develop innovative, open-source EO algorithms and applications to tackle water/food security-related challenges. During the first call 15 projects were awarded for funding from 12 African and 9 European countries. The selected projects will receive a EUR 25,000, free access to cloud-based Virtual Research Environments through the Innovation Lab of the Facility, access to EO AFRICA Space Academy, and integration into the EO AFRICA Network for international scientific collaboration. A second call for additional projects will be launched in September 2022.

More information here.

López‐Bedoya, P. A., Bohada‐Murillo, M., Ángel‐Vallejo, et al. (2022). Primary forest loss and degradation reduces biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: A global meta‐analysis using dung beetles as an indicator taxon. Journal of Applied Ecology.


Muller-Karger, F. E., Canonico, G., Aguilar, C. B., et al. (2022). Marine Life 2030: building global knowledge of marine life for local action in the Ocean Decade. ICES Journal of Marine Science.


Traganos, D., Pertiwi, A. P., Lee, C. B., et al. (2022). Earth observation for ecosystem accounting: spatially explicit national seagrass extent and carbon stock in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.



Traganos, D., Lee, C. B., Blume, A., et al. (2022). Spatially Explicit Seagrass Extent Mapping Across the Entire Mediterranean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9.


Zimmer, M., Ajonina, G. N., Amir, A. A., et al. (2022). When nature needs a helping hand: Different levels of human intervention for mangrove (re-) establishment. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 5.


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