Webinar | Inclusion of MSA and MSA.km² as indicators for the Post-2020 GBF

📆 On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, CDC Biodiversité organises a consultation webinar on the position paper for the inclusion of MSA and MSA.km² as headline indicators for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

  • 📢 About this event

    In support of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, a monitoring framework is being developed and in this context, a position paper for the inclusion of Mean Species Abundance (MSA) as a headline indicator for Goal A and Target 15 of the Post-2020 GBF, as well as MSA.km² for Target 15 has been drafted. So far, the MSA was already identified as a complementary indicator for Goal A in the monitoring framework, but it is believed it would be even more valuable as a headline indicator.

    The MSA is the metric behind a number of biodiversity footprint measurement tools: it allows to characterize the intactness of ecosystems with a range from 0% to 100%, where 100% represents an undisturbed pristine ecosystem. It is then spatialized over an impacted surface to obtain results in MSA.km².

    After a first draft released in June 2022, the position paper has been updated and a second version is now available and under public consultation until September 27. The webinar will thus close the consultation phase and a final version will be developed based on the results, for submission to the Secretariat of the CBD ahead of COP15.

    👉 Provide comments on the position paper at this link.

📌 Provisional agenda

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💻 Zoom information

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📖 Related publications

Reports describing the Global Biodiversity Score (GBS) are linked here. The GBS is a tool used to assess the biodiversity footprint of businesses and financial institutions.

• Global Biodiversity Score: Establishing an ecosystem of stakeholders to measure the biodiversity performance of human activities. 2021 update. Download

• Measuring the contributions of business and finance towards the post-2020 global biodiversity framework – 2019 technical update. Download

• Global Biodiversity Score: a tool to establish and measure corporate and financial commitments for biodiversity – 2018 technical update. Download

• Global Biodiversity Score: measuring a company’s biodiversity footprint. Report describing the Global Biodiversity Score (GBS) publication as of November 2017, in particular its « crop commodity tool » to assess the footprint of crops. Download

• Common ground in biodiversity footprint methodologies for the financial sector – CDC Biodiversité, ASN bank, ACTIAM, Finance in Motion: Working paper to move towards a common standard for biodiversity footprint for financial institutions; also relevant for non-financial businesses as most of the concepts and methodological steps are similar. Download

• CDC Biodiversité & Schneider Electric, Assessing biodiversity footprint, the occasion to accelerate corporate biodiversity strategy – September 2020. Download