A multidimensional biodiversity index


The issue

Commonly associated with economics and poverty, a multidimensional index allows both quantitative and qualitative measures to be combined to understand an issue more fully. Biodiversity too needs to be understood through many different perspectives and types of information.

The recently developed Multidimensional Poverty Index is being tested globally for its relevance and use in understanding and uniting action for human development. With the 2020 end of the Decade of Biodiversity approaching, we have an opportunity to learn from and develop similar, innovative tools for biodiversity. Building on efforts to date, this project is testing the potential to transform how biodiversity is integrated into decision making globally and stimulate greater, measurable action to safeguard it.

The project

In partnership with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and WWF, the Luc Hoffmann Institute is co-designing and convening a project to explore whether a multidimensional biodiversity index (MBI) is possible. Learning from the successes and failures of economic and poverty indices, the institute is bringing diverse voices together to lay the foundations for the concept and raise awareness of its potential.

Specifically, the institute is convening a range of actors to explore the process and research that would underpin a multidimensional biodiversity index, learn and build allies from other sectors who have used such tools and link to existing platforms to increase reach and influence.

Project aims include:

  • Strategic convening and co-designed research and outputs test whether a MBI can be generated that is useful, usable, underpinned by sound science and relevant to emerging policy processes.

  • Engage with diverse actors to share and test the idea and research necessary to design a MBI in a range of international and regional forums.

  • Learning from multidimensional poverty and economic indices is integrated into the design of the MBI and accelerates its development.

  • Policy opportunities for the MBI are identified for the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi targets, the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Environment Programme and UN Development Programme among others.

For more information please contact:

Adrian Dellecker, Head of Programme, Luc Hoffmann Institute, adellecker@wwfint.org

Project partners

Related reading

A measure to make biodiversity relevant – thought piece by Adrian Dellecker

One for all or all for one? – thought piece by Carolina Soto-Navarro

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