Global Audit of Biodiversity Monitoring (data gaps)

BirdLife International are conducting a global audit of biodiversity monitoring to identify gaps in data, coverage and capacity in long-term species monitoring. The project is funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and involves partners and collaborators from around the world.

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As part of the IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group’s work to improve species monitoring for conservation (Stephenson 2018; Oryx 52: 412-413), and parallel efforts to improve the monitoring of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), we are conducting a global audit of biodiversity monitoring to identify gaps in data, coverage and capacity in long-term species monitoring. This project is funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) Collaborative Fund, and involves partners and collaborators from around the world.

We aim to:

  • take stock of the state of species monitoring worldwide, and identify taxonomic and geographic gaps that need filling, to help prioritise the Specialist Group’s future work
  • promote the dissemination and use of biodiversity data, by creating an open access database holding metadata on species monitoring schemes, to connect data providers and decision makers
  • identify potential additional sources of data for biodiversity indices, such as the Living Planet Index and Red List Index

Please answer to the best of your knowledge and select the options that best fit the monitoring scheme concerned. This should take 10-15 minutes and needs to be completed in one sitting.

If you run several surveys, please do not pool them all in one answer and report EACH one separately. This means you'll have to repeat the questionnaire as many times as you have surveys. Otherwise your data will not be in the right format and we may not able to integrate your answer. It might be easier in this situation to download the Excel form from our website and to email it back.

The questionnaire has been developed, tested and refined over several months, to make it as quick and simple to complete as possible, but please let me know if you have any questions or comments ([email protected]; skype: caromoussy).

Thank you very much in advance. I look forward to receiving your contribution by 30 September 2018.

Best regards,

Dr Caro Moussy, BirdLife International

On behalf of the project core team:
Paul Donald and Ian Burfield (BirdLife International)
PJ Stephenson (IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group)
Neil Burgess (UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre)
Bill Sutherland and Tatsuya Amano (University of Cambridge)
Richard Gregory (RSPB)
Louise McRae (Zoological Society of London)