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Nature is counting on us: Mapping Progress to Achieve the Convention on Biological Diversity

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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the following discussion paper on the use of spatial data in the Sixth National Reports (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity.


To achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals, policymakers need access to geospatial the status of biodiversity in their country, as well as tools to help them assess and monitor the effectiveness of national strategies and actions over time. Spatial data are an essential resource that can help Parties to prioritize and implement actions to fully address their conservation and development needs. To analyze trends in Parties’ use of geospatial data over time, this document reviews the 6NRs to compare the extent to which Parties have increased their use of spatial data to support their commitments to the CBD between their 5NR submitted in 2014-2015 and their 6NR submitted in 2018 - 2019.

At the beginning of the sixth national reporting period, we challenged the GEF-eligible Parties (developing countries) to the CBD to double the number of maps in their national reports, using the number of maps in their 5NR as a baseline. Did governments deliver on this challenge? Our analysis indicates a resounding yes. Of the 134 national reports submitted to the CBD between December 2018 and June 2019, a total of 1,840 maps were found.  

To learn more, please download the attached document.

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