UNEA-5.2 Side Event: Mapping Nature for the Sustainable Development Goals
This dynamic side event explores how spatial insights from UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) can be used to support governments and other stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of nature-based solutions to support the achievement of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and 2030 Agenda.
2 March 2022
6:15PM EAT (Nairobi time)
Nations are making ambitious commitments to stem the tide of biodiversity loss and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. These efforts interlink with the themes of UNEA-5.2, the UN Common Approach on Biodiversity, and the emerging CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. But with limited resources and competing priorities, governments do not always know how to prioritize action. Join us to explore how spatial insights from UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) can support country-led implementation of nature-based solutions to address the most pressing issues raised at UNEA-5.2.
Offering rich networking, featuring announcements from partners, and providing small group engagement to virtually ‘travel the world’, this event captured what it means in practice to move from data to action.
Offered in three ‘bite-sized’ segments, the side event empowered participants to join for one or all of the topics most relevant to them:
- In Part 1, participants learned about UNBL’s central features and gained access to training material to catalyze national use.
- In Part 2, participants engaged in small groups with experts powering UNBL’s data.
- In Part 3, participants learned from thought leaders pioneering use of UNBL to support national action on nature and sustainable development.
As a whole, the event introduced participants to UNBL 2.0, built knowledge about data layers available, explored how countries are already using the platform, and created space for networking.
|Official UNEA Event Page|
|UNBL Microcourse on Learning for Nature
|Upcoming NASA ARSET Advanced Training on UN Biodiversity Lab
Introduction to Mapping Nature for the SDGs
Part 2: UNBL data
UNBL data provider breakout rooms
UNBL partners video
Part 3: UNBL use cases
UNBL use case breakout rooms
This discussion forum provides a dynamic opportunity for you to discuss and reflect on the content of the UNEA-5.2 side event with fellow participants. We invite you to introduce yourselves and share your thoughts and ideas with each other here.
Hello from Costa Rica, I am director at Huaravito Reserve, pura vida! We use the Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de la Cobertura y uso de la Tierra y Ecosistemas (SIMOCUTE) for forest status and land use in Costa Rica. I am learning how to use the UN Biodiversity Lab maps and database.
How do you use spatial data to inform your work? If you are not using it yet, how would you like to? Drop your answer below!