Strategic objective 5. To improve the knowledge on the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)
The RBINS, as CBD National Focal Point, has been the coordinator of the Belgian reporting obligations under the CBD. Until recently, such reporting under the CBD was largely confined to descriptive information. With the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aïchi Biodiversity Targets, countries will have to formulate indicators and gather data that will populate these.
The elaboration and formulation of indicators (largely a regional competence in Belgium) and the establishment / follow-up of formal ‘MRV’ processes is a relatively new field of expertise for the CEBIOS programme. We will thus have to build our own capacities before being fully operational.
In the future, the CEBIOS programme will explore the most relevant means of building our capacities in synergy with DGD which benefits from many years of experience in the follow-up of all three Rio conventions (climate, biodiversity, desertification).
The expected results are:
5.1. Expertise of the RBINS on MRV is built,
5.2. Methodologies to assess progress towards the Aïchi Targets are available.