Americas Biodiversity Metric

Measuring biodiversity value to create a nature positive future

The Americas Biodiversity Metric (metric), developed with support and guidance from NatureServe, is a free biodiversity quantification tool designed to measure the biodiversity value of sites across the Americas. By evaluating biodiversity value, the metric can be used to inform and enhance decision-making processes for land use planning, design, development siting, and land management. It can also be broadly applied to help organizations, businesses, governments, and other land-managing entities quantify and reduce impacts and deliver no net loss or net gain in biodiversity on their lands. 

Use the tool now for:

  • Evaluating biodiversity value within a site or defined area
  • Comparing biodiversity value across different land use designs
  • Comparing biodiversity value before and after restoration
  • Transparently measuring and disclosing no net loss or biodiversity net gain claims, in alignment with global reporting frameworks and policies

This first release of the metric focuses on habitats in the Northeastern US including New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, with the anticipated release later this year of the remaining US and Canadian habitats, as derived from the International Vegetation Classification (IVC), US National Vegetation Classification (USNVC), and Canadian National Vegetation Classification (CNVC) systems. The metric is underpinned by select Ecological Integrity Assessment (EIA) criteria developed by NatureServe.

> Learn more about the metric and download the user guide

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