Biodiversity indicators are used by the UK government and country administrations, the EU and many European countries to measure progress in safeguarding and enhancing biodiversity and in fulfilment of international treaties and agreements (such as the Convention on Biological Diversity). They are also being developed and established elsewhere.
The RSPB, working closely with a large number of partners, has developed a range of biodiversity indicators for birds and other wildlife in a range of habitats and countries/regions. Such indicators can be excellent tools for communicating on the state of nature. Related work has gone one step further in creating an indicator of pressures on nature by looking into the impacts of climatic change on bird populations.
In collaboration with BirdLife International and the BirdLife Africa Partnership secretariat, the Global Wild Bird Index (GWBI) project is currently supporting recently established Common Bird Monitoring schemes in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. This project page covers Wild Bird Indicators (WBI) for England, the UK and Europe, the Climatic Impact Indicator (CII), the Priority Species Indicator (PSI) and the GWBI project.