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New report summarises review of the UK Biodiversity Indicators

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We have recently published the second part of a comprehensive review of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, which explores the alignment of the existing UK Biodiversity Indicators with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, agreed under the Convention on Biological Diversity in December 2022. The first stage of the review was completed in 2023, with findings and actions summarised within the 2023 Biodiversity Indicators publications for the UK and England, which are produced in parallel.

JNCC Report 762 – Review of the UK Biodiversity Indicators. Part 2: Responding to the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework – was produced by JNCC in collaboration with Defra.

Indicators are useful tools for summarising and communicating broad trends. The UK Biodiversity Indicators (UKBIs) comprise a suite of 24 indicators that consist of 52 measures. They were produced to provide a measure for reporting on international goals and targets, in particular the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The UK Biodiversity Indicators were first published in 2007, and have been updated and published on an almost annual basis since.

The review of the UK Biodiversity Indicators was prompted by the agreement of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, alongside a desire to consider broader improvements to the UK Biodiversity Indicators publication. The aim of the review was to make recommendations regarding how to modify and adapt the UK Biodiversity Indicators to fit better with the Monitoring Framework accompanying the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which sets out the indicators to be used in reporting by Parties to the Convention.

The review concluded that the majority of the current UK Biodiversity Indicators and their measures have some alignment with the GBF Monitoring Framework, which is a great start. The next step is to carry out work to improve the alignment further, either through changes to existing Biodiversity Indicators or developing new indicators. We will consult with stakeholders about implementing the report's recommendations. Guidance on using the indicators of the monitoring framework of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was published this month for review by CBD Parties, after the UK Biodiversity Indicators review had been completed. This Guidance will inform our planned future work on the UK Biodiversity Indicators.

The full report is available from JNCC’s Resource Hub.

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