Terralingua’s Biocultural Indicators Featured on Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Website and App

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Our Index of Linguistic Diversity (ILD), developed by David Harmon and Jonathan Loh, and Vitality Index of Traditional Environmental Knowledge (VITEK), developed by Stanford Zent, are both featured on the website of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP). The ILD is also featured in the second edition of the BIP’s “Aichi Targets Passport”, a Smartphone app that provides annual updates on the global biodiversity indicators relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets for addressing the global loss of biodiversity.

The BIP is a global initiative mandated by the CBD to promote and coordinate development and delivery of biodiversity indicators in support of the CBD and other international and national entities. The BIP brings together over forty organizations, including Terralingua, working internationally on indicator development to provide the most comprehensive information on biodiversity trends.

The ILD  and VITEK are both considered relevant to Target 18 of the CBD’s 2011-2020 Aichi Targets  for addressing the global loss of biodiversity. Target 18 refers to respect for traditional knowledge and its integration in the implementation of the Convention.

The second edition of the “Aichi Targets Passport”, which includes the ILD, was launched in October 2013 at the 17th meeting of the CBD SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice. This Smartphone app presents indicators for each of the 20 Aichi Targets, to highlight what progress has been made towards the targets to date, and what baselines exist from which future progress can be monitored.