WEBINAR 8 MAY 2017 - Towards a coordinated global marine biodiversity observing system

Nic Bax (GOOS), Frank Muller-Karger (MBON) and Eduardo Klein (OBIS) will give an overview of GOOS-BioEco, GEOBON/MBON, and OBIS, and highlight the agreement between them to build a global marine biodiversity observing system by making use of the best available resources; share expertise; and ensure compatibility between outputs and advice from the three initiatives.


A globally coordinated and sustained ocean observing system is urgently needed to assess the state of the ocean’s biological resources and ecosystems. This system is required to address national management needs, and to evaluate progress towards the 2030 targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (specifically SDG 14), the 2020 Biodiversity Aichi targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), inform the second World Ocean Assessment, and provide guidance to negotiations on areas beyond national jurisdiction. It will build on the existing sustained observing system for physical properties of the ocean.

The Biology and Ecosystems Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco), the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEOBON), and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), share a common vision to build such a system. The process includes identifying essential ocean variables, implementing best practices and international standards, and enhancing global capacity. Delivering the resulting information through an open access, integrated and quality controlled database will support relevant science and societal needs.

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