Nature Map Earth is developing an integrated global map of biodiversity, carbon storage, and other dimensions of nature by consolidating and crowd-sourcing data from many sources.

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Sep 22, 2019 — Nature Map Consortium presents global maps to help governments operationalize targets for biodiversity conservation and restoration

Countries need integrated maps of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including carbon, to design and implement national policies for halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and for curbing net greenhouse gas emissions from land use. Yet, such maps are in short supply. Today marks the first release of Nature Map’s freely available global map of terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem carbon stocks, designed to support governments in policy design.

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The project has been launched by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is supporting the analysis of plant taxa for this initiative. Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) provides financial support.

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Nature Map is partnered with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Botanical Information and Ecology Network (BIEN), Global Assessment of Reptile Distributions (GARD), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), iNaturalist, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, OpenLandMap, and UN Biodiversity Lab.