Member Status


GBIF Participant since


GBIF Region


Head of Delegation

Amita Prasad

Participant Node Manager

Vinod B. Mathur

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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.


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.


Amita Prasad
Additional Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate ChangeIndira Paryavaran Bhawan 5th Floor, Prithvi Block Jor Bagh Road New Delhi-110003
Head of Delegation
Dr. Sujata Arora
Additional Director
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate ChangeGovernment of India, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh Road, Aliganj, New Delhi 110 003
Additional Delegate
Dr. Vinod B. Mathur
Wildlife Institute of IndiaPost Box #18 Chandrabani Dehradun - 248001 Uttarakhand
India+91-135- 2640910
Node Manager
Dr. Anoop Pathak
Botanical Survey of IndiaP.O. - Botanic Garden Howrah 411 103
Node Team
Dr. K.P. Raghuram
Technical Officer
National biodiversity Authority5th floor, TICEL Biopark Taramani Chennai 600 113
India+91 44 2254 2777
Node Team
Dr. Ramakrishna
Node Team
Ms. Tagadur S. Suma
Programme Officer
Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions #74/2, Jarakabande Kaval, Post Attur, Via Yelahanka Bangalore 560 106
India+91 80 28565847
Node Team
Dr. Gautam Talukdar
Wildlife Institute of IndiaPost Box #18 Chandrabani Dehradun 248001
India+91 135 2640111 ext. 255
Node Team
Mr. K. Venkataraman
Zoological Survey of IndiaM Block, New Alipore Kolkata 700 053
India+91 44 24423880
Node Team

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