Who we are
About UN Biodiversity Lab
As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, technology is revolutionizing our ability to map nature. Satellite data provide a bird’s eye, yet incredibly detailed view of the Earth’s surface in real-time, while drones and mobile apps enable local communities and indigenous peoples to map their knowledge of local ecosystems. Spatial data empowers governments to make well-informed decisions to ensure that nature is not left behind in the information age. The UN Biodiversity Lab provides countries with the best available spatial data to make informed decisions to put nature at the center of sustainable development.
The convening partners of the UN Biodiversity Lab work in dynamic partnership to ensure all stakeholders can access and analyze the best available spatial data for use in conservation planning and reporting.
The objectives of this Convention are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits.
With over 100 of the world’s best datasets on nature, climate change, and sustainable development, the UN Biodiversity Lab enables policymakers and other stakeholders to use spatial data to deliver on their international commitments on nature and sustainable development. The platform provides the ability for users to visualize global data, upload national data in secure private workspaces, run basic analyses, and create maps, all in a free, open-source environment that does not require any previous GIS experience. The core mission of the UN Biodiversity Lab is three-fold: to build spatial literacy to enable better decisions, to use spatial data as a vehicle for improved transparency and accountability, and to apply insights from spatial data across sectors to deliver on the Rio Conventions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By creating a collaborative, open-source environment, the UN Biodiversity Lab is an inclusive and scalable data platform.
Providing data for people and planet
The direct engagement of the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme with nearly 170 governments allows for dynamic updates to the platform based on actual user needs. Likewise, engagement with diverse technical partners and data providers ensures the provision of cutting-edge data to take action for nature and sustainable development. The UN Biodiversity Lab is not just another website; it is a platform for building partnerships among data providers and data users to ensure that governments have access and capacity to use cutting-edge spatial data to make key conservation and development decisions.
The UN Biodiversity Lab would not be possible without the support provided by the data providers below.
We are continuously adding data, with planned additions from providers including: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA-Modis), Alliance for Zero Extinctions, Birdlife, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB), Google Earth Engine, GRID Arendal, US Geological Survey (USGS), and the Flanders Marine Institute.
Interested in contributing?
Do you have data that would enrich UN Biodiversity Lab? Are you willing to be a part of a scientific community committed to the open sharing of geospatial data? If your data addresses biodiversity, conservation, or sustainable development at local, national, or international levels, please fill out this form.
Submit a success story
As the data revolution continues at a quickening pace, we want to hear how you or your team uses spatial data for action. We will work with you to build a photo essay or google earth story to highlight your achievements. Success stories will be highlighted on our Featured Stories section.