6th Meeting of the UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum


The sixth UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF6) was organised by JNCC, Defra and WCMC and was held over two days on 5-6 December 2012 at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge.
The objectives of the meeting were:
  • Explore options for addressing gaps in the current UK biodiversity indicator set.
  • Seek feedback from the scientific and data recording communities on relevance and robustness of different options to inform final decisions about which options to take forward.
  • Provide feedback on how indicators could be used to assess progress with international commitments in the 5th National Report.


On each of the two days, following a short presentation, the participants split into three groups to discuss:


Day 1

  • Habitat connectivity indicators
  • Climate change indicators
  • Species indicators

Day 2

  • Plant genetic resources
  • Ecosystem services
  • Global impacts


The afternoon session on both of the two days covered providing feedback from the participants on how the indicators could be used in the CBD 5th National Report in 2014.


Outcome of the Forum:

  • Concise report detailing key issues and outcomes discussed at the Forum which will aid the UK Biodiversity Indicators Steering Group (UK BISG), to make decisions on which options to take forward.