Nature Index Costa Rica: an IPBES pilot project
30 / 12 / 2015, Eldis Biodiversity
The “Nature Index Costa Rica” (NI-CR) has been a one-year pilot project to demonstrate and promote the capacity-building objectives of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBio) in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) have tested the Norwegian Nature Index methodology and IT platform on Costa Rican forest ecosystems, in a collaboration with a number experts from Costa Rican institutions specialized in biodiversity assessments.
The NI-CR pilot project has
demonstrated the relevance of the Nature Index for IPBES as a platform for international collaboration and mutual capacity-building in biodiversity assessment.
shown that the Nature Index methodology and IT-platform are a tool for “gap analysis“ in biodiversity monitoring information in support of conservation area management.
shown the potential of Nature Index methodology to strengthen sustainability indicators reporting and natural capital accounting in Costa Rica.
illustrated the Nature Index platform’s relevance for CBD national data clearinghouse.
demonstrated the potential of the Nature Index to coordinate national data and institutions across conservation sectors, in particular the potential to fill gaps in national level biodiversity safeguards reporting of REDD+.
identified a number of limitations, solutions, and opportunities in the current NI methodology which would facilitate scaling up of the pilot project findings to full implementation at national level and improve future transfer of NI to other countries.