UN Biodiversity Lab

Launched in the summer of 2018, the UN Biodiversity Lab is a partnership between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The Lab’s goal is to utilize spatial data to support the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By building spatial literacy and leveraging spatial data, the UN Biodiversity Lab aims to improve regulatory decision making while increasing transparency and accountability within environmental reporting. Powered by MapX, a geospatial mapping software that collects and verifies data through a free cloud-based tool, the Lab enables governments that lack spatial data to more easily report their biodiversity performance for conservation decision-making. Through direct engagement with over 140 countries, this collaborative open-source platform allows for dynamic updates based on user needs, thus facilitating the construction of partnerships between data providers and users to ensure that governments have access and capacity to use premier spatial data for crucial decision-making regarding conservation. 


Biodiversity, Climate Change, Data, Ecological Modelling, Internet of Things