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 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.
The following agencies are responsible for the basic financial contribution to GBIF from Voting Participant Countries:
Laboratoire des Sciences Forestières
Comisión Nacional del Medio Ambiente (CONAMA)
Ministry of Environment
Academy of Finland
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Nouakchott
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Republic of Korea
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Ministry of the Environment
Department of Science and Technology
Swedish Research Council
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
Note on Agencies
Voting Participants that have financially contributed or declared their intention to contribute to GBIF core funds within the period of January 2014 until present.