This invitation-only session was the first of a series of “digital discovery” events that will be organized over the next four months by the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force. The session provided UNEP Regional Focal Points and other key UNEP staff with an introduction to UN Biodiversity Lab and a sneak peak of the new version of the platform, scheduled for public release in January 2021. It showed how the platform can provide support across the UN system for using spatial data to advance international and national priorities on nature, climate change, and sustainable development. The beta version of the platform, www.unbiodiversitylab.org, which was launched in 2018 by UNEP, UNDP, and the CBD Secretariat. The new UN Biodiversity Lab, now powered by EarthPulse, offers increased functionality, a sleek design, UN-screen data layers, and better usability.
The session included presentations from both UNEP, UNDP, and National Geographic Society:
- Welcome & Opening Remarks -- Corli Pretorius, UNEP-WCMC
- How Can Spatial Data Support Action on Nature and Sustainable Development? -- Dr. Jamison Ervin, UNDP
- Introduction to UN Biodiversity Lab (UNDP) -- Annie Virnig, UNDP
- What is UN Biodiversity Lab 2.0? -- Dr. Steven Brumby, National Geographic Society
The presentations are attached to this post. The recording of the session can be found on the NBSAP Forum Youtube Channel here: https://youtu.be/cJu4HDtn3QM