The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) is the biodiversity arm of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Its mission is to improve the delivery of biodiversity information and services to users, especially decision-makers. GEO BON focuses on observing and analysing changes in biodiversity worldwide over time, including the past few hundred years and into the foreseeable future. It specifically tracks biodiversity composition, structure and function at the ecosystem, species and genetic levels of biological organisation in the terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and open ocean marine domains. It also looks at associated ecosystem services.
Over 100 governmental and non-governmental organisations are collaborating through GEO BON to make their biodiversity data, information and forecasts more readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users. This includes the provision of tools for data integration and analysis, and results that contribute to improving environmental management and human well-being. In addition, its long term vision includes the identification of gaps in and between existing biodiversity observation systems and the promotion mechanisms to fill them. The importance of this Network has been recognised by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as by the member governments of the Group on Earth Observations.
GEO BON has submitted an information document to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technological and Technical Advice (SBSTTA-14). The document provides a summary of GEO BON’s implementation plans.