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Lessons learned – how to measure a sustainable future

16 November 2018
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Tackling global environmental challenges requires action at all scales, as well as robust systems to monitor progress and results. These are just two of the conclusions from an analysis of experiences from the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership that is helping to shape discussions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt this week.

The Partnership, a global initiative made up of over sixty organisations convened by UNEP-WCMC, has been working since 2010 to measure progress towards the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2020.

With 2020 just around the corner new targets must be constructed along with indicators to measure progress. The Partnership’s insights will be invaluable for these discussions on future measurable, achievable goals.

Few of the current Aichi Targets meet the important criteria of being specific and measurable, meaning that determining progress is difficult.

One way through to make future targets specific and measurable, the analysis finds, is to consider the availability of indicators as measurement tools when developing targets. While lack of an existing global indicator should not hamper ambition, the analysis concludes, it should help shape the exact focus and wording of a target while taking into account emerging technologies for new indicators.

To hear more about the lessons learned from the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership for the future, please join the side-event ‘Ensuring effective indicators for the post-2020 biodiversity framework’ on Tuesday 20 November at 13:15 at the UN Biodiversity Conference.