Earth is changing quickly in response to human activities. Biodiversity loss is one of the clearest warning signs that we are facing a planetary emergency.
Biodiversity indicators are important tools for understanding, monitoring and communicating biodiversity changes and for tracking our progress towards UN development goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Biodiversity Trends Explorer
The Museum has developed a tool called the Biodiversity Trends Explorer to track biodiversity change. This change is given as the Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII).
The Biodiversity Trends Explorer uses abundance data on plants, fungi and animals from around the world. The explorer shows how local, terrestrial biodiversity is responding to human pressures such as land use change and intensification.
The BII complements other biodiversity indicators that tell the story of extinction risk, such as the Sampled Red List Index for Plants that uses the IUCN Red List Criteria to assess plant extinction rate.