News Call for abstarcts on the theme «Connecting the dots: Integrating Biodiversity Observations to Better Track the CBD 2020 Targets».

We at Biodiversity: Journal of Life on Earth invite authors to share their experiences using systematic observations including remote sensing observations  for monitoring change in biodiversity. We envision submissions focusing on models for blending in-situ and remotely sensed data to fill gaps in the understanding of biodiversity status and trends. We would welcome papers from members of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, working in the wider landscape of data and observation, and from contributors to the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) exploring how Essential Biodiversity Variables could provide a framework for integrating biodiversity data. We also welcome papers related to support offered by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility for implementing the Aichi Targets. This special double issue will be published in September 2015, the midpoint of the 2020 mandate of the CBD, and following the release of the 4th edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook at the October 2014 12th meeting of the CBD’s Conference of the Parties (COP-12) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

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Release date 30/10/2014
Geographical coverage International
Keywords Journal of Life on Earth, Biodiversity, CBD 2020 Targets,

This is an opportune time to highlight best case examples of how biodiversity data can be better integrated and aggregated to inform the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.Prospective authors may wish to refer to UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/17/2, Facilitating the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets through Scientific and Technical Means, prepared for the Seventeenth meeting of the CBD’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-17), the SBSTTA-17 report (, and meeting documents for the Expert Workshop on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems in Support of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 ( submit abstracts (250 words or less) in Times New Roman 12 pt. by 20 November 2014 to the Managing Editor, Vanessa Reid ( A special board of editors will review the submitted abstracts. Only approved abstracts will be asked to proceed to final draft (4000-5000 words plus references and figures). Publication will be subject to peer review via Scholar One manuscripts online.

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