Index of Linguistic Diversity Featured in New Smartphone App launched at Convention on Biological Diversity Meeting

Terralingua’s Index of Linguistic Diversity (ILD)  is featured in a new Smartphone app called “Aichi Targets Passport”, just developed by The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP), of which Terralingua is a member. The “Passport” app was launched at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s 11th Conference of the Parties (COP), taking place in Hyderabad, India, on 8-19 October, 2012.

This handy app presents information about BIP indicators relevant to the CBD’s 2011-2020 Aichi Targets for addressing the loss of biodiversity. The ILD is showcased as relevant to Aichi Target 18, which refers to respect for traditional knowledge and its integration in the implementation of the Convention. The CBD adopted “state and trends of indigenous languages” as a proxy for state and trends of traditional knowledge.

For each indicator, the Passport highlights what progress has been made towards the relevant target to date, and what baselines exist from which future progress can be monitored.

The mobile app can be downloaded from iTunes at or from Google Play at The Passport is also available as an interactive PDF at

The BIP is a CBD-mandated global initiative to promote and coordinate development and delivery of biodiversity indicators in support of the CBD and other international and national entities. The BIP brings together over forty organizations working internationally on indicator development to provide the most comprehensive information on biodiversity trends.

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