The indicator values in early years are different between indicator updates. Does it mean that the indicator is not robust and credible?
AnswerThese differences arise because the species population indices at national and supranational levels are recalculated each year again for the full time series. In addition, as national schemes increase their capacities to analyze old data (e.g. data not computerized before), new data from early years become available in some cases and this can influence the index values too. When index values change, the multispecies indicator values also change. These changes are however small and they are of minor importance because the interpretation of indicator values should focus on long-term trends.
Learn more in Methods, chapter 2. Supranational species indices and trends.
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