3rd Meeting of the UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF3)


On Tuesday 6 July 2004, the third UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum was held at the offices of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in Peterborough.
Objectives of the day:
  • Awareness raising, partnership building, development of common understanding and co-ordination of UK biodiversity indicators work.
  • Clarification of the roles and responsibilities for UK CBD implementation and measurement of progress towards the 2010 biodiversity targets (global and European)


At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 it was agreed to:
'achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth'
At the 7th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) a framework of indicators (Decision VII.30; http://www.biodiv.org/decisions/default.aspx?m=COP-07&id=7767&lg=0) was adopted to measure the acheivement of the target.
The European Commission Biodiversity Expert Group and a number of meetings have worked to develop how these indicators might be implemented at European and Pan-European scales. This culminated in the discussions at the Malahide Biodiversity and the EU - Sustaining Life, Sustaining Livelihoods Conference.
The Biodiversity Indicators Forum meeting on 6 July 2004 provided an overview of these developments, considered reporting requirements to the multi-lateral environmental agreements, and the review of wildlife statistics being carried out by Defra. The objective of the meeting was to clarify roles and responsibilities for developing UK indicators to measure progress towards the 2010 target, and inputs that need to be made to European and Global processes.