We need to speak for the voiceless to improve conservation efforts around the world

UN Member States of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are now meeting for the 14th Conference of Parties (COP-14) in Egypt. GeoForAll community sends our greetings to all colleagues who are sharing their great work at COP-14. Please share this information with the members of your COP 14 delegation and encourage them to attend. Details below.


Innovative Solutions and Technologies for Conservation 

Sunday 25 Nov. 2018, 1:15pm

Science and technology are transforming society and expanding the frontier of possibility. The field of biodiversity conservation can and should capitalize on the opportunities that emerging innovative solutions and technologies present. This side event will feature the UN Biodiversity Lab and other innovative solutions and explore how fourth industrial revolution technologies can improve conservation efforts around the global and shift the direction of the biodiversity agenda.

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Biodiversity Innovation & Solutions Fair 

Sunday 25 Nov. – Thursday 29 Nov. 2018, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The UN Biodiversity Lab will be showcased at the COP 14 Biodiversity and Innovation Fair. The UN Biodiversity Lab is a free, open source online platform that allows policymakers to access over 80 global geospatial data layers, to upload their own datasets, and to analyze multiple datasets related to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. At the booth, you can engage with technical specialists from UNDP, UN Environment, and UN Environment-WCMC. They can show you how other countries are using spatial data in their 6NR. You can also provide feedback to the developers of the platform.

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Monday November 26th at 13:15 

Greetings to all colleagues of the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) who are presenting at https://www.cbd.int/side-events/2720

Details of GEOBON at https://geobon.org

The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks is a great resource at https://geobon.org/downloads/biodiversity-monitoring/books/GEO-Handbook.pdf

The complete list of Side events  at  https://www.cbd.int/side-events

Geotechnologies and open data will play a key role to guide policy and improve conservation efforts around the world.

We need to speak for the voiceless – the rest of the estimated 10 million species on the planet, which form soil, water, air, and provide food, shelter, medicine and the spiritual and physical well being of humanity.

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