The UK is committed to targets under international biodiversity agreements
to value, conserve and restore biodiversity. Each of the four UK nations will develop a new 10-year biodiversity strategy in response to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework agreed at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2021.
One of the ways to determine success against biodiversity targets is through the use of biodiversity indicators, which are designed to summarize and communicate trends in complex biodiversity monitoring data. Individual indicators monitor specific aspects of biodiversity, such as genetic diversity or the change in abundance of a group of species. Multiple indicators (sometimes called suites of indicators) can be used to assess information about the state of biodiversity as a whole.
This POSTbrief (41) summarizes the different suites of indicators developed at both the devolved- and UK-level.
POSTbriefs are based on literature reviews and interviews with a range of stakeholders and are externally peer-reviewed. SEI’s Amy Molotoks was both an interviewee and reviewer on this POSTbrief.