Regional collaboration in GBIF
Since 2008, the GBIF network has placed a focus on developing collaboration among Participant nodes at the regional level, including regional strategic plans relating to biodiversity data. This has led to a more formalized process of creating and strengthening regional networks, with the ability to share technologies and joint strategies for targeted mobilization and use of biodiversity data.
In 2011, the GBIF Governing Board approved the setting up of a Nodes Steering Group with representatives drawn from six regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania. Regional representatives are elected from among six regional subcommittees of the GBIF Participant Nodes Committee, and serve for a two-year term. In principle, every GBIF Participant will be assigned to a particular region when becoming a member in GBIF.
Regional meetings are held annually or in alternate years, helping Participants to focus on common tasks, setting regional priorities, and stimulating specialization among GBIF Participants within the region.
Highlights of regional activities including events, data mobilization and research examples are included in the GBIF Annual Report.