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ESA Response to the National Nature Assessment Request for Information: Question 11c

NNA Question 11c:

What existing datasets, knowledge sources, information or stories should USGCRP draw from in creating the NNA, and why?

List of Existing National and International Nature-focused Assessments and Databases

Please note this is a sample of the ecological datasets and sources available. This list is not exhaustive.



Nature Serve

Inter-Tribal Environment Council    

National Ecological Observatory Network                 

State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAP)

National Park Service, National Heritage Areas Program

FEMA Nature Based Solutions

USGS Gap Analysis Project 

Forest Inventory and Analysis

Long Term Ecological Research Network

North American Breeding Bird Survey

Environmental Data Initiative

National Land Cover Database

Children and Nature Network

USGS Water Quality for the Nation

Numerous state wildlife harvest sites (e.g.,, state-based endangered and threatened species status sites)




Increasing numbers of crowd-sourced biodiversity data, such as eBird (

and iNaturalist (


UN World Ocean Assessment

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

International Panel on Climate Change

Convention on Biological Diversity

Global Carbon Project

Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative     

Joint Research Centre, European Soil Data Center

UN Biosphere Reserves

UN Global Environmental Outlooks

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (though dated, 2000-2005)

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Sustainable Development Goals Resource Centre