GEO Biodiversity Observation Network

GEO Biodiversity Observation Network

The Challenge

The planet is currently experiencing unprecedented biodiversity loss. To reverse this crisis, policymakers need accessible and reliable biodiversity data. Without a coordinated global biodiversity observation network, the lack of environmental observations and technologies to track biodiversity change will persist.

The Solution

GEO BON is a global network and community of practice that provides biodiversity knowledge to national and international organizations. GEO BON strengthens the collection, coordination, and delivery of biodiversity observations and related services to users such as policymakers and scientists.

Latest Developments


GEO BON was present at the COP 15 Exhibition with a booth welcoming delegates to learn more about our global network.


Policy Drivers

By increasing the availability of quality biodiversity data, GEO BON supports the reporting needs of national governments and policy bodies such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

How We Work

The GEO BON team is made up of:

  • A management committee responsible for GEO BON operations.
  • An implementation committee composed of ~50 co-leads of GEO BON’s working groups, task forces, and biodiversity observation networks. The committee is responsible for delivering the GEO BON implementation plan.
  • Working Groups are responsible for the global biodiversity monitoring system's concepts, techniques, and instruments, with a focus on the Essential Biodiversity Variables.
  • Biodiversity Observations Networks apply and test concepts, processes, and tools; collect observations; and provide data to the community and users.
  • An advisory board that provides strategic direction, feedback, and fundraising support.

The GEO BON secretariat is hosted at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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