Mission

The mission of the GLOBIS-B project is to foster the global cooperation of biodiversity research infrastructures and biodiversity scientists to advance the implementation and calculation of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). The concept of EBVs has been introduced by the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) as one of the benefit areas of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). EBVs are measurements required for study, reporting, and management of biodiversity change and are considered to provide a tractable and holistic approach to monitoring the state of biodiversity (Pereira et al. 2013). EBVs can be crucial for the robust estimation and derivation of biodiversity indicators to assess progress towards the Aichi targets. The 20 Aichi targets have been established by the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the mission to take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity and to ensure resilient ecosystems that provide the essential services for securing the planet's variety of life and human well-being..

GLOBIS-B is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework program of the European Commission for a period of 36 months (June 2015 until May 2018). The project aims to identify the required primary data, analysis tools, methodologies, and legal and technical bottlenecks to develop an agenda for research and infrastructure development to compute EBVs. GLOBIS-B will organize and prepare four workshops with internationally acknowledged ecologists and biodiversity scientists, operators of research infrastructures, and legal interoperability experts to discuss and advance the implementation of EBVs. A total of 22 EBVs have been proposed by GEO BON within six EBV classes (Pereira et al. 2013). GLOBIS-B will focus on data related to species distributions and abundances (EBV class ‘species populations’), ecological traits (EBV class ‘species traits’), and species interactions (‘EBV class ‘Community composition’). The workshops aim to identify the key challenges for calculating and testing EBVs and how global cooperation of research infrastructures may facilitate the improvement of biodiversity knowledge on EBVs.

References

Pereira, H. M., S. Ferrier, M. Walters, G. N. Geller, R. H. G. Jongman, R. J. Scholes, M. W. Bruford, et al. (2013): Essential Biodiversity Variables. Science 339, 277-278. doi: 10.1126/science.1229931.