The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), requests feedback on a proposed new ISO technical committee (TC) on biodiversity. ANSI requests stakeholder feedback by April 17, 2020.
AFNOR, the ISO national body for France, submitted the proposal, which explains that as the preservation of biodiversity has become an ethical, economic, and global issue, there is a need to develop standardized and co-constructed tools and methodologies in order to support actions and progress to share definitions and good practices.
The scope of the technical committee would encompass developing requirements, principles, framework, guidance, and supporting tools in a holistic and global approach for all relevant organizations, to enhance their contribution to sustainable development. The document also explains how the technical committee will contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in a coherent and integrated way.
Based on input received from U.S. stakeholders, a recommended ANSI position and any comments will be developed and presented at the ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) for approval before ISO's voting deadline of May 19, 2020.
ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions in issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC.