This programme brings together GBIF Participant nodes with complementary skills and needs to share their experiences and expertise through partnerships and node-to-node interactions. It enables personalized transfer of information, technologies, experiences, best practices and know-how between nodes.
A typical mentoring proposal is a collaboration between two or more nodes, in which a recipient node requests technical assistance and guidance from one or more nodes with greater experience, which act as mentors in areas that are strategically important for the development of the mentored node.
Initiated in 2003, the programme is designed as a vehicle to speed up the establishment of biodiversity information facilities at the Participant level and is funded by small grants allocated from the GBIF core funding. The GBIF Secretariat issues annual calls (typically at the end of the year) to which interested nodes can apply. All information is distributed through the Participant nodes mailing lists.