We live in a deeply interconnected world, where the health of natural and human systems underpins the future of our societies, economies, and planet. Spatial data brings together intelligence generated from sources as diverse as satellites orbiting the earth, national and global science teams, and the deep place-based knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The maps created by these data layers can provide a powerful resource to address our planetary crisis.

The UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) provides access to global spatial data to generate insight and impact for conservation and sustainable development. Our mission is three-fold: (1) to democratize access to spatial data and analytic tools as a global public good; (2) to support decision-makers to leverage spatial data for insight, priority-setting, and implementation; and (3) to empower stakeholders to use spatial data for monitoring and reporting.

With over 400 of the world’s best datasets on nature, climate change, and sustainable development, UNBL enables policymakers and other stakeholders to use spatial data to take action for people and planet.

The platform provides the ability for users to:

  • Visualize core global public good datasets at the heart of decision-making on nature and sustainable development
  • Access curated collections that integrate spatial data for insight and action
  • View and download dynamic indicators of change for any country in the world
  • Create workspaces to securely upload national data for analysis alongside global data
  • Develop communities of practice that nurture data transparency and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Draw on the expertise of UNBL partners to develop national strategies and plans.

UNBL is a free, open-source environment that does not require any previous GIS experience.


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