Biodiversity data provision and decision-making - addressing the challenges
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CitationDespot-Belmonte K. Neßhöver C. Saarenmaa H. Regan E. Meyer C. Martins E. Groom Q. Hoffmann A. Caine A. Bowles-Newark N. Bae H. Lange Canhos DA. Stenzel S. Bowler D. Schneider A. Weatherdon LV. Martin CS. (2017). Biodiversity data provision and decision-making - addressing the challenges. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, 1-11e12165. 10.3897/rio.3.e12165.
Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) are measurements required for study, reporting, and management of biodiversity change. They are being developed to support consistency, from the collection to the reporting of biodiversity data at the national, regional and global scales. However, "EBV stakeholders" need to strike a balance between 'doing innovative research' and 'having positive impact' on biodiversity management decisions. This paper reports on a workshop entitled Identifying joint pathways to address the challenges of biodiversity data provision and decision-making and presents the main workshop’s output, a “researcher’s brief” entitled Guiding principles for promoting the application of EBVs for current and future needs of decision-makers. These guiding principles are: Speak with a common voice; Clearly define what is an EBV and how it relates to indicators; Engage beyond the research world; Be realistic about what can be done now and later; Define criteria for good EBVs; Use EBV as a clearing house; Convey the limitations of EBVs; Clarify what impact EBVs should have; Be salient, credible, legitimate, iterative; Don't put an EBV skin on everything you do; Don't create too many EBVs; and Don't reduce EBVs to building blocks of indicators. This brief is of relevance to the wider GEO BON (Group on Earth Observation Biodoversity Observation Network) community, and in particular those scientists/researchers interested in the application of EBVs.