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.

This integrated map will allow decision makers at global, national and sub-national levels to identify priority areas to operationalize their targets for the conservation and restoration of nature. Preliminary results are expected for the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2019. They will undergo extensive consultations in the run-up to the 2020 Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in China.

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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