GEO BON newsletter - May 2016
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1 News from the GEO BON Secretariat
GEO BON Projects
Other news from our network

1 News from the GEO BON Secretariat
Checking the pulse of the planet’s biodiversity
GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting 2016
by Miguel Fernandez
GEO BON will held its first Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting in July of 2016 in the beautiful city of Leipzig, Germany. The GEO BON network’s conference will convene hundreds of the world’s leading biodiversity monitoring experts for a full week of plenaries, workshops, and presentations. GEO BON’s member organizations, partners from national biodiversity observation networks, working groups and other conservation focused institutions will come together to discuss global biodiversity challenges, share innovations, collaborate on new initiatives, and shape the future in terms of biodiversity monitoring.

The first two days of the conference will kick off with plenaries and sessions tackling broad global biodiversity monitoring, providing the context and setting the stage for the next three days. Beginning on the third day, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and plan how to support the strategic plan of GEO BON for the coming years in focused breakout sessions. This first GEO BON conference will be a great opportunity to connect with people that share your passion and curiosity for biodiversity, learn how you can get involved in efforts to track biodiverse change, and meet the scientist that have their fingers on the pulse of biodiversity.

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Open access, data sharing, and citizen science EU BON workshop
by Christian Langer
Open access to biodiversity is key for addressing pertinent ecological issues such as biodiversity loss and impacts of climate change. On 22 & 23 March 2016, experts from EU BON met with GEO BON and scientists, policy makers and practitioners from across Europe to discuss issues of biodiversity... Read more
Essential Biodiversity Variables Metadata Search
by Miguel Fernandez
GEO BON compiles information for biodiversity related geospatial datasets that:
  • represent well a particular Essential Biodiversity Variable
  • have reach implementation stage
  • are available globally  
  • can bee accessed and used for free
These information and their corresponding metadata will be organized and stored in a dynamically-updated database that will be served on the GEO BON website.
Anyone that is looking for relevant information on a particular EBV or group of EBVs will be able to access our portal and find information about available datasets that can be potentially used. We have started to compile these information into a database and we would love to have your feedback on additional datasets that we should include in this searchable metadata dynamic table.
Please send us your feedback!
CBD SBSTTA20 Technical Workshop on Monitoring of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
by Mike Gill
On April 24th, the CBD Secretariat, in collaboration with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), UNESCO IOC’s Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and GEO BON’s Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), convened a one day workshop in Montréal, Canada... Read more
BON in a Box online toolkit
by Mike Gill

BON in a Box is a state of the art, customizable and continually updated online toolkit that connects scientists and tool developers around the world and lowers the threshold for the start-up or enhancement of a national, regional or local biodiversity observation system. It serves as a technology transfer and capacity building mechanism that ensures researchers around the world have access to the latest technologies and can build and implement biodiversity observation systems that are interoperable using international standards. It is currently available in three languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and English).

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New paper
Framing the concept of satellite remote sensing essential biodiversity variables: challenges and future directions

by Pettorelli et al.

Although satellite-based variables have for long been expected to be key components to a unified and global biodiversity monitoring strategy, a definitive and agreed list of these variables still remains elusive. The growth of interest in biodiversity variables observable from space has been partly underpinned by the development of the essential biodiversity variable (EBV) framework by the Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network.

2 GEO BON Projects
GEO BON contributes to the development of a new toolset and portal using satellite technology to monitor and safeguard wetlands
by Kathrin Weise
Mobilising the power of satellite data to safeguard wetlands and halt degradation is precisely what the Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) will deliver. But what type of data do we need to collect? And how does it translate into real...Read more
EuMon and EU BON join forces for enhanced access to monitoring data
by Dirk Schmeller
The EuMon project (2004-2008; created Europe´s most comprehensive metadata catalogue of biodiversity monitoring activities. The EU BON project (2012-2017) ( is now building a new portal...Read more
GLOBIS-B project
Major progress on global biodiversity observation system

by Daniel Kissling
During a three day workshop in Germany scientists and technical and legal experts made great steps towards the development of a cooperative and global monitoring system for changes in biodiversity. The workshop, which was a breakthrough in global collaboration, was organized for the first... Read more
Towards a GEO-Wetlands Initiative and a Global Wetlands Observing System (GWOS)
by Adrian Strauch
A global partnership coordinated by the University of Bonn, Wetlands International and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, submitted a proposal for a new GEO-Wetlands Initiative (for the 2017-2019 GEO Work Programme)... Read more
3 Other news from our network
2nd national workshop on biodiversity monitoring
by Maofang Luo
10th GEO European Projects Workshop 2016
by Christian Langer
The 2nd national workshop on biodiversity monitoring in China will be held in October in Beijing. This series of workshop was firstly organized last year during January 20-21. It will comprehensively summarize the progress of biodiversity monitoring in China and provide detailed and reliable information for biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization.
Read more from the 1st workshop
Representatives from science, business and public administration are invited to join the 2016 GEO Workshop for European projects on earth observation from 31 May to 2 June in Berlin. 2016 marks a turning point for the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) with the launch of the new Strategic Plan implementing the Global Earth Observations System of Systems...
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European Ecosystem Services 2016 conference
by Christian Langer
IUCN World Conservation Congress
by Christian Langer
The theme 'Helping nature to help us' focuses on the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. This conference will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. It will have a strong focus on practice and implementation...
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The next Congress will take place 1-10 September in the Hawaiʻi Convention Center, in the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu. It is being hosted by the State of Hawaiʻi with the support of the Department of State of the USA.
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