Regional collaboration in GBIF

Since 2008, the GBIF network has focused on developing regional collaboration among Participant nodes, 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
  • Oceania

Regional representatives are elected from among six regional subcommittees of the GBIF Participant Nodes Committee and serve two-year terms. In principle, GBIF will assign each Participant to a particular region as it becomes a member in GBIF.

Held annually or in alternate years, regional meetings help Participants to focus on common tasks, set regional priorities, and stimulate specialization within the region.

Highlights of regional activities including events, data mobilization and research examples are included in the GBIF Annual Report.

Regional node representatives

Contact details for the members of the Nodes Steering Group including the regional nodes representatives:

Hanna Koivula
Chair
Finnish Museum of Natural History
PO Box 17
HelsinkiFinland+358-50-4154850
Chair
Hulda Gideon
Regional Node Representative - Africa
P.O. Box 4302
Dar es SalaamTanzania+255 22 2775313
Regional Node Representative - Africa
Tsuyoshi Hosoya
Regional Node Representative - Asia
Department of Botany
National Science Museum
Amakubo 4-1-1
Tsukuba, IbarakiJapan
Regional Node Representative - Asia
André Heughebaert
Regional Node Representative - Europe
Belgian Science Policy
Avenue Louise 231
Louizalaan
BrusselsBelgium+32(0)2 238 3796
Regional Node Representative - Europe
Daniel Amariles García
Regional Node Representative - Latin America
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
Calle 28A #15-09
BogotáColombia(57) 1 3202767 Ext. 2107
Regional Node Representative - Latin America
Robert Hanner
Regional Node Representative - North America
Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, OntarioCanada+1 519 8244120 extension 53479
Regional Node Representative - North America
Alex Asase
Ex-officio member (Nodes Committee Vice Chair)
Department of Botany
University of Ghana
P. O. Box LG 55, Legon
AccraGhana+233244128800
Ex-officio member (Nodes Committee Vice Chair)
Manuel Vargas
Ex-officio member (Nodes Committee Vice Chair)
UEA de Bioinformática, INBio
Apdo. Postal 23-3100
Santo Domingo de HerediaCosta Rica(506) 507-8177(506) 507-8274
Ex-officio member (Nodes Committee Vice Chair)
Pending appointment
Regional Node Representative - Oceania
Regional Node Representative - Oceania