Governance

How decisions, advice, management and funding are organized in GBIF

How GBIF is funded

The GBIF Secretariat, advisory committees and work programme are funded by GBIF’s Voting Participants through an annual basic financial contribution based on a formula linked to the Participant country’s GDP. Countries whose per capita income falls below US$13,000 per year are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on this contribution.

In addition to the basic financial contributions, both Voting and Associate Participants may make supplementary financial contributions to fund specific parts of the work programme or for other purposes agreed to by the Governing Board. 

The Secretariat may also accept income from additional sources, such as foundations, agencies, research councils and private companies, for the purposes set out in the Memorandum of Understanding and the GBIF Strategic Plan. 

The GBIF budget

The Secretariat budgets, administers and reports on GBIF funds in accordance with a set of financial regulations approved by the Governing Board.

GBIF uses the calendar year as its financial year, and follows a rolling budget in which an adopted budget is amended at intervals to reflect changing circumstances. The Governing Board approves the budget two to three months in advance of the financial year, typically in October. When the draft financial report for the previous year is ready in April/May, the budget is revised by the Executive Committee taking any variations into account.

Each country Participant in GBIF is responsible for funding the establishment of a Participant node, digitization programmes, meetings and workshops at the national or organizational level. 

GBIF finances are audited by an international auditing company. 

 

Who funds GBIF - national contributions

The following agencies are responsible for the basic financial contribtution to GBIF from Voting Participant Countries:

Andorra
Institute d´estudis Andorrans

Argentina
CONICET - Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales

Australia
CSIRO Entomology

Belgium
Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (belspo)

Benin
Laboratoire des Sciences Forestières 

Burkina Faso
Conseil National pour la Gestion de l’Environnement (SP/CONAGESE)

Chile
Comisión Nacional del Medio Ambiente (CONAMA) 

Colombia
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biólogicos Alexander von Humboldt

Costa Rica
Asociación Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Denmark
The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation

Estonia
Ministry of Environment

Finland
Finnish Museum of Natural History

France
Direction Générale pour la Recherche et l’Innovation (DGRI)

Germany
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
German Aerospace Center, BMBF

Ghana
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Iceland
Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources

Ireland
National Parks & Wildlife Service

Japan
Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Madagascar
Centre National de Recherches sur l’Environnement (CNRE)

Mauritania
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Nouakchott

Mexico
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)

Netherlands
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

New Zealand
Ministry of Research, Science and Technology

Norway
The Research Council of Norway

Portugal
Foundation for Science and Technology

Republic of Korea
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Slovak Republic
Ministry of the Environment  

Slovenia
Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology

South Africa
Department of Science and Technology

Sweden
Swedish Research Council

Tanzania
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Uganda
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

United Kingdom
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Natural History Museum, London
Joint Nature Conservation Committee

United States
National Science Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Agriculture



Externally received grants

The following institutions have made or committed contributions to GBIF through the Supplementary Fund.

CBD Secretariat (agreement on coordination of Global Invasive Species Information Partnership)

EU BON

EMODNET 2

i4Life

OpenUp!

University of Copenhagen (IT equipment and salary subsidy)

ViBRANT

 

FOR THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS CONFERENCE AND OUTLOOK (GBIC/GBIO):


CReATIVE-B
Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation
JRS Biodiversity Foundation