These sessions explored lessons learned during the development of Sixth National Reports (6NR), providing a unique opportunity to discuss the hurdles encountered by Small Island Developing States in preparing a high quality, data-driven 6NR. Presentations also focused on the role of spatial data in monitoring and reporting on biodiversity and delivering across the Rio Conventions and the 2030 Agenda, and how platforms like UN Biodiversity Lab provides access to analytic tools for global and national data. Participants also learned from available datasets on UN Biodiversity Lab for the SIDS. Lijie Cai, from CBD Secretariat, provided an update on the preparation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and its relevance for the SIDS.
Representatives from Comoros and Trinidad & Tobago provided detailed on the 6NR preparation process, explaining how spatial data has helped to increase the quality of monitoring and reporting; they both highlighted how UN Biodiversity Lab provided an opportunity to access high quality, global data, and to gather relevant stakeholders to use analytical tools.