In 2019, unusually severe forest fires raged around the world, destroying natural landscapes and nearby human and wildlife communities in catastrophic blazes. in Bolivia, a megadiverse country with some of the most extensive tropical forests in the world, devastating fires consumed millions of acres of vegetation. NatureServe Network program Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) works in Bolivia to monitor and prevent forest fires and deforestation in some of the world's most overlooked biodiversity-rich ecosystems.
Last year, in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the global Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP), NatureServe launched the BIP Dashboard, a game-changing, interactive online tool that visualizes trends over time in critical indicators of biodiversity and ecosystem health.
NatureServe’s newly released Map of Biodiversity Importance is now available on Esri’s Living Atlas of the World, providing an unprecedented, high-resolution view of the places that matter most for sustaining our nation’s biodiversity.
During these unprecedented times, NatureServe wants you to know we’re actively taking steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to taking steps to protect the well-being of our Network and staff, we continue to work every day to protect the natural world.
With the world currently facing an unprecedented rate of extinction, SAS has joined forces with NatureServe, an organization focused on protecting biodiversity, to use analytics and AI to measure the degree of imperilment for plants and animals. These assessments are a costly and highly manual process. With SAS, NatureServe will be able to make its assessments more automated and reliable while gaining significant efficiencies and cost savings to the complex task of analyzing over 7 million known species of plants and animals on the Earth.
During this short interview, Dr. Sean O’Brien, President & CEO at NatureServe, and Dr. Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Associated Vice President for Conservation at EcoHealth Alliance, discuss the intersection between biodiversity decline, the destruction of our natural world, and virus outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic.
Imagine a database of 100,000 records of plants, animals, and ecosystems, constantly being reviewed and updated by a network of more than 1,000 natural heritage experts—now imagine having that information available at your fingertips!
NatureServe, creators of the Americas Biodiversity Observation Network (Americas-BON), together with their partners at the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) announce today their intention to participate in the call from the international conservation community and jointly apply to become the next host of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Secretariat.
Conservation organizations are using location technology to better understand and help protect the world’s most vulnerable species and habitats. Hear Sean O’ Brien, NatureServe president and CEO, discuss the importance and abundance of data and analytics in driving decision-making in large-scale conservation efforts in this Esri Podcast.