Indicators and Assessments Unit

NASA blue marble Earth map February, blue marble next generation w/ topography and bathymetry

Global environmental agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have set stringent goals for the conservation of biodiversity. Scientifically robust biodiversity indicators are required to track progress towards these goals, to define the status and trends of biodiversity, and to measure human impact on the planet.

The Indicators and Assessments (IAU) unit, a joint initiative between the Institute of Zoology and Conservation Programmes, was formed in 2006 for exactly this purpose. Its projects provide vital science to inform global policy for the CBD 2020 strategic plan.

Fiddler crab

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Wildlife Comeback in Europe report

Indicators and Assessments - Key Reports and Papers

Butterflies - Kaeng Krachan National Park

The Sampled Red List Index looks at the rate of global biodiversity loss by...

Anemone fish and anemone Chagos

The Living Planet Index is a measure of the state of the world’s biological...

Colour coded map of species populations abundance change between 1970 and 2010

The protecting species report measures the conservation status of Protected...