Using biodiversity early warning systems for evidence-based policy, planning and management.
Full title: Accelerating conservation impact in this crucial decade of change: using biodiversity early warning systems for evidence-based policy, planning and management.
Description: The decade ahead is perhaps our only remaining window of opportunity to make the sweeping changes needed in our energy, food and water systems in order to decarbonize our global atmosphere by 2030. We can safely assume that nations around the world will accelerate land use changes for renewable energy, reforestation and other forms of carbon capture and storage, and of course the continued demands of a burgeoning human population. Biodiversity early warning systems are coalition-led, user-driven systems for rapid and robust evidence-based decision-making about species and ecosystems. Rolling them out at scale should help decision makers enable these changes as wisely as possible, while minimizing extinction risk or the unraveling of ecosystem services and ecological integrity. Based on a simple and successful collaborative model from Africa, they bring together data from agencies, universities, nonprofits and citizen science groups in a communal, public-domain platform (excepting sensitive data categories) which enables accelerated data pooling and sharing, analysis and modeling, trends detection and attribution, and user-friendly policy translation, synthesis and communication. We will highlight current work we are doing to scale this concept to the Cascadia Region of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, and to the national needs of Rwanda.