We are excited to announce that the regional inception workshop on the UN Biodiversity Lab for English-speaking Africa, Western Asia, South American, and Eastern Europe will take place on 4 September 2018! By the end of 2018, Parties are required to submit a Sixth National Report (6NR), and will need to use data and indicators to assess their progress. To support this goal, the CBD Secretariat, UNDP, and UN Environment worked in a partnership to develop the UN Biodiversity Lab, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility and powered by MapX. This online geospatial platform combines accessible, high-quality global geospatial data and analysis tools. Parties can use this platform to address elements of their 6NR, and to make evidence-based decisions about conservation and sustainable development targets. The UN Biodiversity Lab was launched this July at the CBD’s 22nd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Technical, Technological and Scientific Advice (SBSTTA 22). It brings together spatial data from the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the Global Resource Information Database (GRID-Geneva), NASA, and several other UN agencies and premier research institutions.
This two-hour webinar will provide the countries in your region with a virtual orientation to the UN Biodiversity Lab. You will learn how the UN Biodiversity Lab can be used to support preparation of a data-driven 6NR. We will also show you how to upload national-level data into your country’s private analysis space. You will receive an overview of how to analyze your country’s national and global geospatial data to make assessments about progress to achieve several Aichi Biodiversity Targets, implement your NBSAP, and achieve expected conservation outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to interact with spatial data experts, 6NR specialists, and the web development team. Please see attached for the overview and agenda!
The countries invited to this region’s virtual orientation workshop include: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Malawi, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.