Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment


SEBI - Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators

Developing and streamlining biodiversity indicators, as agreed by the European Union, PEBLDS Council and CBD Conference of the Parties, requires effective coordination within Europe to ensure consistency and avoid duplication of effort in measuring progress towards biodiversity targets. This is one of the aims of the SEBI project, which has been carried out by a coordination team with support from expert groups and individual experts. It has been a collaborative effort, open to all interested governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and experts.


The initial aim of the SEBI process was to develop a European set of biodiversity indicators to assess and inform about progress towards the 2010 targets, linking the global framework set by the Convention on Biological Diversity with regional and national indicator initiatives.

Moving forward towards 2020, SEBI is in a strong position to contribute to measuring progress towards the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 Targets and the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets.


SEBI is a partnership between the European Environment Agency, its European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, DG Environment, ECNC, the Czech Republic, UNEP/PEBLDS Secretariat and UNEP-WCMC.

The coordination team has undertaken the strategic orientation of the project and works closely with expert group leaders and representatives of countries, European Commission, relevant international organizations and advisory bodies to ensure coordination and consistency of the work of the coordination team and individual expert groups.


The SEBI project is financed by the European Environment Agency, the European Commission DG Environment and the Governments of Switzerland and Norway.


ECNC has contributed to several EEA reports on indicators, which can be found, together with further information on SEBI, at the BISE (Biodiversity Information System for Europe) website The set of indicators is also available at the EEA website.

In addition, ECNC has held two training workshops in support of SEBI: one for South-East Europe and one for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). Reports of these meetings are available for download on the right.