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Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) - WC0783

The aim of this funding is to support an international initiative to share biodiversity data to support research, assessment, conservation and sustainable development. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) enables sharing of data to common standards and provides free and open access to biodiversity data online. It is supported by 32 countries, including the UK. Defra is one of five UK funders of GBIF (others are the Natural Environment Research Council, the Natural History Museum, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew) and provides the Head of Delegation for the Governing Board. GBIF provides Defra with a mechanism for fulfilling a number of international commitments under the International Convention on Biological Diversity: to make taxonomic information housed in collections world-wide readily available, in particular to countries of origin; and to allow people in all countries to share biological diversity information. GBIF provides an infrastructure for scientific studies, including policy–relevant assessments, such as those included in the draft work programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, with over 240 scientific papers citing GBIF as the data source published in the peer reviewed journals per year.

Project Documents
• OTH - Other : WC0783   (31k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2015

Cost: £273,964
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Global Biodiversity Information Facility