Using the UN Biodiversity Lab to Monitor the Pulse of the Planet

Thursday, April 14, 2022 (All day) to Thursday, April 28, 2022 (All day)

This training will focus on using remote sensing and geospatial data within the NASA-supported UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) to take action on national conservation and sustainable development priorities. With over 400 of the world’s best global data layers on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable development, UNBL enables decision-makers and policymakers to access essential global data, upload national datasets, and calculate dynamic indicators for any area of interest - all without any background in remote sensing and GIS. Fully redesigned in 2021 to improve functionality and better meet user needs, UNBL will be a key offering to support parties and other stakeholders to implement, monitor, and report on the CBD’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

This training offers three complementary courses -- an intermediate lecture series (Parts 1-3) and two advanced labs -- that participants can select among to choose the learning experience that best meets their needs. Our intermediate course will integrate lectures and Q&A to provide learners with an understanding of the power of spatial data to address key international commitments and a training on how to use all key functionalities of UNBL. Our advanced lab on the UNBL public platform will combine homework and live exercises to build participants’ confidence in their ability to use all features of UNBL. Our advanced lab on UNBL workspaces will combine homework and live exercises to equip participants with the needed skills to take full advantage of workspace functionalities. Speakers will include NASA scientists, UN policy specialists and data experts, and national policymakers.

This training will be offered in English, Spanish, and French. Participants can select any combination of the three courses. Certificates will also be issued independently for each. To register for the intermediate course, please click directly below. To register for either of the Advanced Labs, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the respective links.