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DIVERSITAS at the Group on Earth Observation Plenary, GEO-X

DIVERSITAS represented GEO BON at the Group of Earth Observation Plenary session X, 15-17 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland.

The main topics discussed at GEO-X were the future of GEOSS, the approval of the vision for GEO 2025, and providing guidance on the development of the GEOSS implementation plan 2015-2025. DIVERSITAS delivered a statement providing the perspective of the scientific community to these discussions. The main outcome of the ministerial segment is the Geneva declaration.

In addition, Switzerland and GEO BON, in conjunction with the Global Earth Observation Plenary (GEO X), organised a Day on Biodiversity observation on 14th January 2014.

Read IISD daily coverage and report.

Other statements from the DIVERSITAS-related community: Convention on Biological Diversity, ICSU.

Special event on Biodiversity: from observation to decision

The Swiss Government, in collaboration with GEO BON, organised this Special Event in the frame of the 10th GEO Plenary meeting and Ministerial Summit in Geneva, to raise awareness of the importance of the GEO biodiversity and ecosystem services activities.

This Biodiversity Day showed:

  • The benefits for decision makers and users, from global to subnational scale, from the GEO Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services-related activities, mainly undertaken by GEO BON and GEO Ecosystem tasks teams;
  • The importance of stronger involvement of the regional decision makers, national authorities and the private sector on the development of adequate biodiversity observation systems, both on the ground and via remote sensing, through the coordination of the national and regional activities as National and Regional BONs;
  • The importance of full and open access data on biodiversity and ecosystems; and
  • Gave recommendations to the GEO-X Plenary.

Programme and presentations are available here.

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