Scope of indicator species biodiversity methodology

This methodology can be applied by any natural or legal person, public or private, that intends to establish a BCP that relies on indicator species monitoring. ISBM allows biodiversity preservation projects to qualify for payments for results or similar compensations, as well as to contribute to international mitigation in the framework of voluntary projects.

The methodology cannot be used for offsets. We are fundamentally opposed to biodiversity offsetting.

The methodology is applicable to ISBM projects located in countries that have ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity (Convention on biological biodiversity n.d.). Projects should align with local regulations and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (UNDP 2023). However it can be applied with permission in other countries.

This methodology is applicable when a project is or is not in an overlapping situation with an NBSAP. In the overlap scenario, it allows for consistent monitoring between the ISBM baseline scenario, the project scenario, and the NBSAP.

The CBD activity (Norden et al. 2015) covered by this methodology:

  • Conservation of biological diversity corresponds to the maintenance of intact biodiverse ecosystems that could have been eroded by hunting or habitat loss and is given because of the sum of the hectares that show full integrity during the resulting period in a baseline scenario that contains IUCN-threatened species, or IUCN threatened habitats under national or international standards.

The scope of this methodology is designed for simplicity and rapid deployment. The first iteration of the methodology includes only conservation activities. Future versions are likely to include restoration, habitat management, or climate change-related activities under the CBD.

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