Participation

Member Status

Associate Country Participant

GBIF Participant since

2003

GBIF Region

Asia

Head of Delegation

Hem Pande

Participant Node Manager

Anoop Pathak

Participant Node Manager

K.P. Raghuram

Participant Node Manager

Tagadur S. Suma

Participant Node Manager

Gautam Talukdar

Participant Node Manager

K. Venkataraman

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History 

The Head of Delegation for GBIF India is Mr. Hem Pande, Additional Secretary from Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MEFCC). The mandate of the GBIF India nodes broadly includes: (1) building, consolidating and expanding informatics infrastructure; and (2) capacity building and networking.

Vision and Mission 

The vision is to contribute towards ecological sustainability and economic growth and increase and improvise discovery, accessibility, completeness and utility of existing and new biodiversity data and information, which will ensure free and open access to the nation’s biodiversity data at anytime, anyplace, to anyone under an agreed framework.

The mission is to promote and enable free and open access to Indian biodiversity data through a distributed and Internet-based network of data custodians and publishers to underpin science, conservation and sustainable development.

Structure 

The National Network of GBIF India Nodes is organized in following manner: Head of Delegation: MEFCC; Coordinating Node: Wildlife Institute of India; Thematic Nodes: (1) Wildlife Institute of India (Protected Areas); (2) National Biodiversity Authority; (3) Zoological Survey of India (Vertebrates and Insects); (4) Botanical Survey of India (Angiosperms (Herbarium and Flora)); (5) Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (Medicinal Plants).

Each Thematic Node is represented by a Node Manager and works as per the direction of the Head of Delegation.

National Funding 

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MEFCC), India provides funds to the institutes under its umbrella as Grants in Aid. The GBIF-India Nodes housed within these institutes do not have a separate allocation, but are encouraged to raise funds to fulfil their mandate.

Contacts

Hem Pande
Additional Secretary and India’s National Focal Point for CBD
Ministry of Environment and ForestsMinistry of Environment & Forests Government of India Room 622, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex Lodi Road110003 New DelhiIndia+91-11 24695130
Head of Delegation
Sujata Arora
Additional Director
Ministry of Environment and ForestsMinistry of Environment & Forests Government of India, Room No. 604, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road110 003 New DelhiIndia+91 11 24695135
Additional Delegate
Anoop Pathak
Botanical Survey of IndiaP.O. - Botanic Garden411 103 HowrahIndia
Node Manager
K.P. Raghuram
Technical Officer
National Biodiversity Authority 5th floor, TICEL Biopark Taramani600 113 ChennaiIndia+91 44 2254 2777
Node Manager
Tagadur S. Suma
Programme Officer
Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions #74/2, Jarakabande Kaval, Post Attur, Via Yelahanka560 106 BangaloreIndia+91 80 28565847
Node Manager
Gautam Talukdar
Wildlife Institute of IndiaWildlife Institute of India Post Box #18 Chandrabani248001 DehradunIndia+91 135 2640111 ext. 255
Node Manager
K. Venkataraman
Zoological Survey of IndiaZoological Survey of India M Block, New Alipore 700 053 KolkataIndia+91 44 24423880
Node Manager
Sujata Arora
Additional Director
Ministry of Environment and ForestsMinistry of Environment & Forests Government of India, Room No. 604, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road110 003 New DelhiIndia+91 11 24695135
Node Team
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Node Team

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