[MGI37-P01] Biodiversity and ecosystem observations by Asia Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (APBON)
Keywords:biodiversity, climate change, ecosystem services, forest loss, landuse change
The AP Biodiversity Observation Network (APBON) was established in order to network institutions and research groups in AP region that contribute to and utilize a knowledge resource base for decision making and policy for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. It was launched in 2009, by responding to Biodiversity Observation Network under the Group on Earth Observations (GEO BON) in 2008. Since then, APBON aimed at promoting biodiversity monitoring and contribution to sound decision-making based on scientific knowledge. To do so, APBON facilitates the organization of and periodically convenes a regional network of biodiversity observation institutions to maintain a knowledge base that will support biodiversity conservation. APBON focuses on terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems to develop the observations and ecosystem service assessment.
In this paper we review how APBON has achieved developing networks; we have facilitated the communication and interaction opportunities inter-/intra- researchers and stakeholders through workshops and publications. APBON successfully developed as a network of biodiversity scientists belonging to many institutes of AP region (Yahara et al. 2014). APBON has also contributed to networking biodiversity-related bodies and programs including CBD, GBIF, IUCN, International Long-Term Ecological Research–East Asia–Pacific Regional Network (ILTER-EAP) and Asia Oceania GEO (AOGEO). The multidisciplinary efforts in APBON also contributed to develop a strategy for the Earth observation for biodiversity monitoring by connecting in-situ and satellite observations. We also developed tools for data collection, sharing, analysis, and synthesis for further observations and capacity building. Contributions to carrying out assessments such as IPBES, which contributed to improving ecosystem management and sustainable use of biodiversity, are also highlighted.