As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, technology is revolutionizing our ability to map nature. Satellite data provide a bird’s eye view of the Earth’s surface in real-time, while drones and mobile apps enable local communities and indigenous peoples to map their knowledge of local ecosystems. Spatial data empowers governments to make well-informed decisions to ensure that nature is not left behind in the information age. The UN Biodiversity Lab helps countries achieve the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABTs) and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It provides a customized spatial analysis platform to support conservation and development decision-making around the globe. A partnership between the UNDP and UN Environment powered by MapX, the Lab will work closely with national governments to provide every country with the best available spatial data to make informed conservation decisions.

Building a Global Partnership to Provide Data for People and Planet

At the center of the UN Biodiversity Lab is a robust partnership between UNDP and UN Environment to provide high quality data for government representatives. UNDP and UN Environment’s direct engagement with over 140 governments allows for dynamic updates to the platform based on actual user needs. Likewise, engagement with 15 technical partners and data providers ensures the provision of cutting-edge data to take action for sustainable development. The UN Biodiversity Lab is not just another website; it is a platform for building partnerships among data providers and data users to ensure that governments have access and capacity to use cutting-edge spatial data to make key conservation and development decisions.

The Platform

The UN Biodiversity Lab is an online platform that allows policymakers and other partners to access global data layers, upload and manipulate their own datasets, and query multiple datasets to provide key information on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and nature-based Sustainable Development Goals. The core mission of the UN Biodiversity Lab is three-fold: to build spatial literacy to enable better decisions, to use spatial data as a vehicle for improved transparency and accountability, and to apply insights from spatial data across sectors to deliver on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN Biodiversity Lab data is powered by MapX, the only UN-backed geospatial mapping software which collects the best available scientific data and acts as a trusted data broker to help people find spatial solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges. MapX powers customized applications and websites that increase access to data and offer a simple toolkit for analysis, visualization and sharing. By creating a collaborative, open-source environment, the UN Biodiversity Lab is an inclusive and scalable data platform.

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