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Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observations


Australian Museum, Australia
Convention on Biological Diversity
Conservation International
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
CSIRO, Australia
European Space Agency
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
International Long-Term Ecological Research Network
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Kyushu University
Office Of Environment and Heritage NSW
Smithsonian Institute
Stanford University
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Hamburg
University of Helsinki
Wageningen UR, Netherlands

Partnership Overview | Objectives

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network – GEO BON – coordinates activities relating to the Societal Benefit Area (SBA) on Biodiversity of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Some 100 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations are collaborating through GEO BON to organize and improve terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity observations globally and make their biodiversity data, information and forecasts more readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users. Moreover, GEO BON has been recognized by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Biodiversity Observation Network is both a Community of Practice and a Task in the GEO Work Plan. It is a voluntary partnership that is guided by a steering committee comprising the key stakeholders, including DIVERSITAS, GBIF, IUCN, NASA, UNEP-WCMC and others. GEO BON draws on GEO’s work on data-sharing principles to promote full and open exchange of data, and on the GEOSS Common Infrastructure to enable interoperability through adoption of consistent standards.

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