UNDP convened interested collaborators in 2017 at the Nature for Development Spatial Data Summit to envision a future where cutting edge spatial data is made available to decision-makers, enabling them to efficiently report on the effects of their conservation and development policies. This work will play a key role in the delivery and achievement of both the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. The Nature for Development Spatial Data Summit was the first step towards this broader goal and played a key role in convening the diverse stakeholders necessary to make this vision a reality.
In an effort to capitalize on these positive developments and catalyze future progress, the participants of the Nature for Development Spatial Data Summit have sought to describe a shared vision in a non-legally binding statement for leading institutions working in the field of spatial data. The result is attached: The Nature for Development Declaration on Spatial Data.
A large number of countries, UN Agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and indigenous peoples organizations are expected to endorse the Nature for Development Spatial Data Declaration. We hope your institution will join this effort. We expect to make non-substantive changes to the content of the declaration as new endorsers sign on. If the opportunity arises to broaden the scope of the Declaration, or if substantive changes to the Declaration are requested, endorsers will be contacted to confirm their endorsement of the change. Please send your formal response to Jamison Ervin, UN Development Programme: firstname.lastname@example.org and Annie Virnig, UN Development Programme: email@example.com using the attached template. Jamison and Annie are also your first points of contact for general enquiries about the Nature for Development Declaration on Spatial Data.