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Assessing the sustainability of consumption at COP15

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity met at COP15 in December to adopt a new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

This webinar was organized to inform the negotiations under the Global Biodiversity Framework on the suggested indicators for tracking consumption activities. The webinar recording is available below.

23 November 2022 at 15:00 GMT

ending at 16:00 GMT

United Kingdom and Online
Event contact

Chris West /

Transformation in humanity’s relationship with biodiversity by 2030

The GBF will contain ambitious goals and targets to bring about a transformation in humanity’s relationship with biodiversity by 2030, and ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled. Progress against the GBF will be measured using a Monitoring Framework comprised of indicators.

Target 16 of the draft GBF focuses on encouraging and enabling sustainable consumption. The Bonn Expert Workshop on the monitoring framework for the GBF assessed two indicators as potential candidates for the headline indicator for COP15 to consider adopting for Target 16; the Global Environmental Impacts of Consumption Indicator and the Ecological Footprint.

SEI COP15 webinar 24 Nov 2022

Event card by Mia Shu /SEI.

How these indicators can be used for monitoring and communicating the international impacts of consumption activities will be discussed at this webinar.

The developers of these indicators: Simon Croft, SEI Research Fellow and David Lin, Chief Science Officer at the Global Footprint Network, will present:

  • An overview of each indicator and their underlying data
  • How they can be used to track international impacts of consumption
  • Key strengths and caveats associated with each of the indicators

The webinar will include a Q&A session to allow attendees to find out more from the developers based at SEI at the University of York and the Global Footprint Network.

Watch the recording

SEI participants

Chris West

Deputy Centre Director (Research)

SEI York

Simon Croft

Research Fellow

SEI York

Ylva Rylander
Ylva Rylander

Communications and Impact Officer


SEI Headquarters

Partners and registration

The Global Environmental Impacts of Consumption Indicator was developed by JNCC and SEI, supported by Defra, Trase and the GCRF Trade Hub. The Ecological Footprint was developed by the Global Footprint Network.

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