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Innovators III EO4CBI

Earth Observation for City Biodiversity Index (CBI)

Development of satellite-based approaches to capture and evaluate the state of biodiversity in cities, responding to internationally defined biodiversity targets such as the Aichi biodiversity targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Innovators III EO4CBI
Earth Observation for City Biodiversity Index (CBI)
DUE (Data User Element)
€ 200k
Service Demonstration
In progress
SPOT 6/7
Sentinel 2 : MSI
Sentinel 1 : C-SAR
Capturing the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban landscapes represents an important part of understanding whether a metropolitan area is developing in a sustainable manner. The City Biodiversity Index (CBI) was developed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a tool to evaluate the state of biodiversity in cities and provide further insights to improve conservation efforts in urban areas. It consists of 23 indicators designed to help cities monitor their progress in implementing conservation efforts and their success in halting the loss of biodiversity as formulated in the Aichi biodiversity targets of the CBD.
EO4CBI will use satellite-based data and combine them with appropriate in-situ and ancillary data to produce innovative and cost-effective solutions to the implementation of the following CBI indicators:
  • CBI indicator 1 on “Proportion of natural areas in city”;
  • CBI indicator 2 on “Connectivity measures and ecological networks to counter fragmentation”;
  • CBI indicator 11 on “Regulation of quantity of water”; 
  • CBI indicator 12 on  “Climate regulation: carbon storage and cooling effect of water”.
Executive Summary
space4environment sàrl
Concordia University, Canada
Nature Parks Board of Singapore, Singapore :
European Environment Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, Denmark :
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, Montreal, Canada :
ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg, Germany :
ICLEI Africa Secretariat, Cape Town, South Africa :
Barcelona City Council, Spain :
Edmonton City Authority, Canada :
Tallinn City Authority, Estonia :
Addis Ababa City Authority, Ethiopia :
Stefan Kleeschulte space4environment
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