Innovating the UN’s Digital Ecosystem for a More Sustainable World

The UN Biodiversity Lab 2.0, a free, open-source platform that enables governments and others to access state-of-the-art maps and data on nature, climate change, and human development in new ways to generate insight for nature and sustainable development, was launched on the first day of the Nature for Life Hub. 

The inauguration on Monday emphasised strong relationships between the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the Secretariat of the UN Biodiversity Convention. 

Microsoft announced their commitment to supporting the lab’s digital environment with their Planetary Computer and bespoke analytics as digital public goods. 

The UN Biodiversity Lab will give anyone access to cutting-edge spatial data and dynamic indicators that will provide brand-new insights into conservation and sustainable development. Most importantly, the lab will give decision-makers access to over 400 spatial data layers spanning biodiversity, climate change, and development, allowing them to spot new opportunities to act in the future. 

The UN Biodiversity Lab 2.0 release fills a known global gap in the sorts of spatial data and tools available, making it a vital resource for countries all around the world looking to take transformative action. 

Users may now access over 400 of the greatest global geographical data layers available; establish safe workspaces to incorporate national data alongside global data; leverage curated data collections to provide actionable insight; and much more. 

Decision-makers can use the power of geographical data to help priority-setting and the implementation of nature-based solutions without the need for specialised tools or training. There are also dynamic measures and indications on the state of the planet. 

The UN Biodiversity Lab has the ability to provide vital resources to help parties with national biodiversity reporting under the coming post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as revision, implementation, and monitoring of national biodiversity plans. 

The lab was first established in 2018 to assist governments in fulfilling their commitments to the UN Biodiversity Convention, resulting in a two-fold increase in the number of maps used in national biodiversity reports.