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EBM BioQ: A smart way to measure and manage biodiversity

Biodiversity is under threat from human activities and pressures, such as pollution, overexploitation, invasive species and climate change.


Current methods for assessing and reporting biodiversity are often limited and inconsistent. They often fail to capture the complexity and functionality of ecosystems, and the services they provide to humans and nature.

How we can help

The Ecosystem-Based Management tool for Biodiversity Quantification (EBM BioQ) allows you to measure, compare and manage biodiversity and the functionality of different ecosystems in a holistic and transparent way.

It is based on the concept of ecosystem-based management (EBM), which considers the whole ecosystem. 

To achieve a net-positive impact on biodiversity, it is essential to use this concept as a benchmark. Let it guide assessments and project decisions based on historical biodiversity, often in comparison to an undisturbed reference site or a specific point in time. EBM BioQ is available as a DHI service or can be integrated into any organisation’s reporting framework to supplement your biodiversity efforts.



How it works

EBM BioQ uses baseline information on species and ecosystem levels, derived from scientific data and expert knowledge. It provides a comprehensive overview of ecosystem components and their functions, such as:


  • the diversity and abundance of marine life, from plankton to fish to mammals
  • the structure of habitats, such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves
  • the productivity and resilience of ecosystems, such as their ability to produce food and oxygen, and cope with disturbances
  • the delivery and value of ecosystem services, such as climate regulation, coastal protection and recreation


Calculating the EBM BioQ score
EBM BioQ measures and monitors the state of biodiversity at different scales and dimensions.  


It consists of three pillars that, combined gives an EBM BioQ score. The score indicates the state of biodiversity at a sampling station relative to a reference state. The higher the score, the more diverse and healthy the ecosystem. 


Each pillar reflects a different aspect of biodiversity and its role in ecosystem functioning. 

The three pillars of the EBM BioQ score


Taxonomic diversity

Measures the number and variety of species in an ecosystem. It can be calculated using indices that describe the abundance or richness of species.


Functional diversity

Measures the roles and interactions of species in an ecosystem. It can be calculated based on the ecological traits that describe the species contained in the ecosystem. The indices considered for this pillar can give information about the productivity and stability of ecosystem processes.


Interactive diversity

Measures the connections and dependencies among species in an ecosystem. It can be calculated using indices that describe the complexity or resilience of ecosystem networks.

Use EBM BioQ to:

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Measure and monitor biodiversity performance

  • Map the sites of conservation activities​
  • Analyse the threats and pressures on biodiversity
  • Assess the condition and trends of biodiversity and habitats​
  • Evaluate the contribution towards and support of ecosystem services
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Identify risks and opportunities

  • Manage the impacts and risks of biodiversity loss by taking actions such as mitigation, adaptation and compensation​
  • Explore the potential of nature-based solutions
  • Conduct or contribute to low-emission and climate-resilient development (LECRD) and scenario analyses 
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Set targets and transition plans

  • Formulate targets and transition plans aligned with global net-zero and nature-positive results
  • Advise on mitigation strategies for enhancing biodiversity
  • Provide industry analyses and benchmarking that compare the performance with other ecosystems
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Communicate efforts to stakeholders

  • Draft sustainability reports​
  • Conduct or contribute to state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting schemes



Get started

EBM BioQ allows you to quantify biodiversity and make informed decisions. It can be readily applied as an advisory tool to support your reporting, EIAs and EBM choices.

Watch how EBM BioQ can help

In this free webinar you will learn how you can use the ecosystem-based management analysis framework EBM BioQ to evaluate the broader effects of biodiversity actions in an ecosystem context.

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