Explore and develop ideas with other organizations (including, for example, private-public partnerships) for an information system that supports development and operation of Biodiversity Observation Networks (BONs). The system could combine models, remote sensing and in situ data from a variety of existing sources to provide important data products for biodiversity stakeholders such as the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
As explained in the comments, this deliverable includes two closely related concepts.
Global system focus
There are two closely related concepts to this deliverable; these are summarized separately here.
Background-1. A BON is a collaboration among partners who agree to share knowledge and know-how to evaluate changes in biodiversity, including data, products, protocols and methods, data systems, and software. BONs seek to establish standardized processes for sustained, operational measurements of biodiversity to understand how biodiversity is changing so as to provide information needed by governments and intergovernmental bodies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. BONs can be national or regional in scale, or topically based such as the Marine BON, and they often emphasize in situ data collection, though also work to utilize Earth observations and integrate the two. One of GEO BON’s core goals, directly tied to this deliverable, is to expand the areal and topical coverage of BONs and the level of interaction among them.
Background-2. A concept having heavy overlap with BONs is sometimes called the Global Biodiversity Monitoring System (or Global Biodiversity Observation System, or Observation and Information System…). It tends to be somewhat more oriented towards satellite-based observations than BONs, though has a similar focus on integrating them with in situ and airborne data as well as improved data sharing. More flexibility and increased breadth in the range of product generation is another element. This is a concept that has been discussed for several years in different venues; it is probably accurate to say that there is general agreement on the value of such a system, and that the best approach is a system of systems via a federation of partners. However, progressing global concepts requiring collaboration among funding-limited partners is challenging.