Biodiv Sci ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (10): 22434.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022434

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Progress and prospect of China biodiversity monitoring from a global perspective

Hui Wu1, Xuehong Xu1, Xiaojuan Feng1,*(), Xiangcheng Mi1, Yanjun Su1, Zhishu Xiao2, Chaodong Zhu2, Lei Cao3, Xin Gao4, Chuangye Song1, Liangdong Guo5, Donghui Wu6, Jianping Jiang7, Hao Shen8, Keping Ma1   

  1. 1. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093
    2. Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    3. Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085
    4. Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072
    5. Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    6. Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130102
    7. Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041
    8. South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650
  • Received:2022-07-29 Accepted:2022-10-06 Online:2022-10-20 Published:2022-10-13
  • Contact: Xiaojuan Feng


Background & Aim: Analyzing biodiversity status requires multi-spatial scale, continuous monitoring across different ecosystems due to its heterogenous nature in both space and time. Therefore, monitoring networks are necessary for biodiversity conservation research. Biodiversity monitoring networks at the global, regional, and national scales, represented by GEO BON and APBON, have flourished. China has established a long-term monitoring network for ecosystems and species at the national scale. and the China Biodiversity Observation and Research Network (Sino BON) was launched in 2013 with strong support from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Finance.
Review Results: Sino BON includes 10 subnetworks specialized at monitoring animals, plants and microbes and an additional network for near-ground remote sensing, which covers 30 main sites and 60 affiliated sites in China. Currently, Sino BON has created a research platform for multi-trophic interactions among soil microorganisms, insects, large mammals, underground forests to forest canopies. This platform provides an understanding of biodiversity change and its driving factors at the national level and may be used in protecting biodiversity and sustainable utilization of biological resources.
Perspectives: For further progresses, monitoring technology, monitoring areas, data standards and integrated information platforms require further development.

Key words: biodiversity, monitoring and research, Sino BON, sustainable utilization