Facilitating access and use of biodiversity data to underpin sustainable development in African and Asian francophone countries

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Presentation by Anne Sophie Archambeau (Sud Expert Plantes) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

Presentation by Anne Sophie Archambeau (Sud Expert Plantes) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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  • 1. SEP-CEPDEC Facilitating access and use of biodiversity data to underpin sustainable development in African and Asian francophone countries
  • 2. What is SEP?
    • Sud Expert Plantes (SEP):
      • launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
      • operated by the Institut de Recherche pour le
      • Développement (IRD) for 4 years (2007-2010)‏
      • to support the efforts of 22 developing countries in
      • Western and Middle Africa, the Indian Ocean and South
      • East Asia
      • to better know, preserve and sustainably use their plants
      • and associated genetic resources.
  • 3. What is SEP?
    • Sud Expert Plantes (SEP):
    • Networking the botanic community,
    • Enhancing exchange & collaboration,
      • International Master degree,
      • Regional networks,
      • Collaborative research projects
    • Encourage SEP funded projects (30) to :
      • Provide herbaria with new specimens, Digitise & Share
      • produced data,
      • - Use data & information from GBIF portal.
  • 4. What is GBIF ?
    • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF):
      • international organisation (53 countries and 43 organisations)‏
      • launched in 2001
      • To support scientific research, conservation and sustainable
      • development by making biodiversity data freely available online
    • CEPDEC: Capacity Enhancement Programme for Developing Countries
  • 5. http://data.gbif.org
    • in April 2010:
      • Almost 200 million primary biodiversity data records ,
      • from 10000 datasets from more than 300 data providers
  • 6. Putting biodiversity data to Use: Addressing Practical Applications
    • Where to locate protected area
    • Predict spread of alien invasive species
    • Model the impact of global climate change on biodiversity
    • Model spread of diseases, etc …
  • 7. SEP-CEPDEC cooperation:
      • 4 years: 2007-2010
      • 22 SEP countries involved
      • To facilitate access and use of biodiversity data
    • Needs:
    • Enhance scientific skills
    • Communication scientists <> policy makers
    • Better participate in main international initiatives.
    • Impediments:
    • lack or scarcity of awareness, technical skills, know-how, Internet access.
  • 8. SEP-CEPDEC actions:
    • Assist SEP countries that are already GBIF members in the effective implementation of their national nodes nBIFs:
    • Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Madagascar
    • Provide sub-regional support in outreach and capacity building for the other countries:
    • Burundi, Cambodia, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Congo, RDC, Gabon, Laos, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, RCA, Rwanda, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Vietnam
  • 9. Action plan for the establishment of NBIFs: Introductory meeting with all Heads of Delegation and Node managers Survey of National Data Providers and Needs Analysis National stakeholders meetings Implementation of informatics infrastructure Regional training seminars Mentoring activities with other GBIF participants nodes Mobilisation of biodiversity data: seed grants for digitisation activities
  • 10. Support in outreach and capacity building for all SEP countries:
      • Participation in training events
      • Access to training materials and tools in French
      • Adoption of open access and data sharing policies
      • Participation in GBIF events
  • 11. Results:
    • GBIF member countries:
          • National stakeholders meetings
          • Provider survey & needs analysis
          • Digitisation
          • Set up operational Node & > 5000 data connected
    • All countries:
          • 4 regional training sessions on digitisation & publication (Dakar, Yaoundé, Antananarivo and Bangkok)
          • 1 multi-regional training session on the use of biodiversity data
    • Other Results
          • 3 new GBIF members countries (Comoros,Togo, Mauritania)
          • >190 participants trained from 22 countries
          • Awareness raised & steps taken towards membership
  • 12. Contacts GBIF Secretariat GBIF France Universitetsparken 15 43 rue Buffon 2100 Copenhagen 75005 Paris Denmark France E-mail : [email_address] [email_address] Phone: +45 3532 1470 +33 (0)1.40.79.80.65 Fax: +45 3532 1480 Web site: www.gbif.org www.gbif.fr Data portal: data.gbif.org SEP: www.sud-expert-plantes.ird.fr