Linked indicator sets for addressing biodiversity loss

Author: Sparks T.H, Butchart S.H.M, Balmford A, Bennun L, Stanwell-Smith D, Walpole M, Bates N, Bomhard B, Buchanan G.M, Chenery A.M, Collen B, Csirke J, Diaz R.J, Dulvy N.K, Fitzgerald C, Kapos V, Mayaux P, Tierney M, Waycott M, Wood L & Green RE
Date Published: June 2011

The BIP and UNEP-WCMC has worked as part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) project to show the feasibility of establishing linkages between different types of indicators to provide decision-makers with the tools they need to tackle biodiversity loss effectively. The most recent output is an article in the journal Orynx.

The article discusses the merits of using an indicator framework which consists of four focal areas: Responses, Pressures, State, Benefits. The framework was tested and utilized to develop indicator storylines for humid tropical forests and marine fish populations. The study concluded that the framework enabled indicators to be more easily understood, used and communicated at a range of spatial scales and for a diversity of sectors or systems.

The CCI is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity conservation organisations in and around Cambridge, UK. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership.