TA 2. Innovations and synergies across different data ecosystems

(TA2.09) Integration and disaggregation of biodiversity data towards sustainable development


Dubai Stat Hall October 22, 2018 10:30 am - 11:45 am

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Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri
Benjamin Tregenna
Thomas Brooks
Melanie Heath
Shyama Pagad
Jon Paul Rodríguez


The innovative and interactive session will be a mix of short “”ignite”” presentations (7½ minutes for each of eight speakers) followed by 15 minutes questions and discussion.

One major innovation of the Sustainable Development Goals was the incorporation of targets for environmental sustainability at the same level as social and economic issues. Thus, as we progress towards 2030 we need to ensure that biodiversity and conservation are fully integrated within national decision making processes. This poses substantial challenges to national statistical offices, many of which have limited experience and capacity in handling environmental data, and requires that relevant data and indicators are embedded effectively into national data workflows. However, processes to maintain a number of key environmental datasets already exist and there is great potential integrate these with each other and with socio-economic data. Such data could be disaggregated by geography and theme to support planning and reporting for national governments and other sectors.

This session aims to exemplify these possibilities for the case of biodiversity and conservation data: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Key Biodiversity Areas, Protected Planet, and invasive species databases. We will examine how these data are compiled and flow between national and global levels, how they can be combined with other datasets to produce meaningful indicators, and how they support reporting against the Sustainable Development Goals and Multilateral Environmental Agreements. We will conclude by highlighting remaining challenges, and stimulate discussion on mechanisms to resolve these.

The session’s primary objective will be to raise awareness among national statistics offices of the availability and potential of environmental datasets to support Sustainable Development Goals planning and reporting. Specifically, it is also intended to strengthen processes for maintaining and delivering biodiversity indicators for tracking progress towards Sustainable Development Goals 14 and 15 and the biodiversity-related conventions. This is particularly urgent and timely given the timelines of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020, and the biodiversity-related Sustainable Development Goal targets, as 2020, and thus the need to establish targets and indicators for the post-2020 biodiversity framework.