7th Meeting of the UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF7)


The seventh UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF7) was organised by JNCC, Defra and ZSL, and was held on 5 July 2013 at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Regent's Park, London.


The UK Government is updating the national Biodiversity Indicators to align with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets. This includes the introduction of new indicators for ecosystem services, business, and awareness.

This workshop was intended to provide quality assurance checks on the indicator options that have been developed.


The objectives of the meeting were:

To evaluate the appropriateness of the indicator options for their intended purpose, focussing specifically on the issues relating to their implementation.  In particular, the workshop aimed to answer the following questions for each of the indicator options:

  • Does the indicator need more research before it can be implemented?
  • Could an indicator be published in October 2013 or in October 2014?
  • What data constraints exist (including access permissions that might need to be negotiated)?
  • Can the indicator, if implemented, be updated within the next 3-5 years?


The participants were split into 3 groups to discuss new indicators for the following :

  • Business 
  • Awareness
  • Ecosystem services


Outcome of the Forum:

  • A 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.


A copy of the final report can be viewed here.