Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Biodiversity indicators, valuation and assessments


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Biodiversity indicators and valuation enable the quantifiable assessment and comparison of biodiversity in space and time. This is essential for the design and implementation of effective policy.

The OECD’s work evaluates best practice in the use of biodiversity indicators for policy, and provides an economic and environmental analysis of biodiversity trends, simulating the costs and benefits of policy actions.



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 OECD COUNCIL recommendation - 2004



  • OECD at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for well-Being, December 2016, Cancun. The OECD presented on indicators relevant for Aichi Target 3 at the BIP side event on Understanding the Global Biodiversity Indicator Landscape. The draft decision for Agenda Item 19 "Guidelines for the sixth national reports, modalities for future editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and indicators" endorses an updated list of indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership explored how these processes interrelate and how harmonisation of indicators is taking place and launched its redeveloped website and interactive search facility.
  • Presentation by Simon Upton, OECD Environment Director, of the Biodiversity Chapter to the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 at TEEB 2012 Conference "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: Challenges for Science and Implementation", 2012, Leipzig, Germany.



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