Biodiversity indicators used by policy-makers are underdeveloped and underinvested
On September 18, Science Magazine has published the following article in the Policy Forum section. Many authors contributed to this article: among them Mark Zimsky, GEF Program Manager and Sr. Biodiversity Specialist.
Summary: In response to global declines in biodiversity, some 190 countries have pledged, under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 (1, 2). Moreover, this target has recently been incorporated into the Millennium Development Goals in recognition of the impact of biodiversity loss on human well-being (3).
Timely information on where and in what ways the target has or has not been met, as well as the likely direction of future trends, depends on a rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive suite of biodiversity indicators with which to track changes over time, to assess the impacts of policy and management responses, and to identify priorities for action. How far have we come in meeting these needs, and is it sufficient?