The Governing Board is the means by which GBIF Participants make collective decisions. Currently meeting once a year, it consists of one representative from each Participant country and organization.
Only representatives from Voting Participant Countries (those countries making a financial contribution to GBIF's central fund) have the right to vote on the Governing Board. Representatives from Associate Participants, both countries and organizations, are encouraged to attend the Governing Board and take part in its discussions, but may not vote. Further explanation of the different categories of GBIF membership can be found here.
The Governing Board has established Rules of Procedure, further elaborating on the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the structure of the board, meetings, requirements for participation and the establishment of subsidiary bodies.
For a full list of delegates to the Governing Board, see the Directory of contacts.
Countries, organizations or other international bodies that have not signed the MoU, but are interested in the activities of GBIF, may be recognized by the Governing Board as observers. A number of former Participants that have not yet signed the latest MoU are also classified as observers to the Governing Board.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is invited to designate a non-voting representative to the Governing Board.
The Executive Committee operates on behalf of the Governing Board when the Board is not in session and within the areas of responsibility delegated to it by the Governing Board. Among its functions are monitoring of the performance of the Secretariat in carrying out the decisions taken by the Governing Board including implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Work Programme, and management of the budget.
More information can be found in the Executive Committee's Terms of Reference.
Access to Executive Committee meeting documents (for committee members only).
List of current members of the GBIF Executive Committee:
Governing Board Chair
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Netherlandspeter.firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +31 71 751 7363Fax: +31 71 751 7367
|Governing Board Chair|
Jorge Soberón Mainero
Governing Board 1st Vice Chair
University of Kansas
Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
|Governing Board 1st Vice Chair|
Governing Board 2nd Vice Chair
Canadian Museum of Nature
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Canadamgraham@mus-nature.caTel: +1 613 566 4743Fax: 1-613-364-4027
|Governing Board 2nd Vice Chair|
Budget Committee Chair
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Germanyw.email@example.comTel: +49 30 838 501 46 (or 43)Fax: +49 30 841 729 43
|Budget Committee Chair|
Science Committee Chair
University of Glasgow
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Graham Kerr Building
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United KingdomRoderic.Page@glasgow.ac.ukTel: +44 141 330 4778Fax: +44 141 330 2792
|Science Committee Chair|
Nodes Committee Chair
Finnish Museum of Natural History
PO Box 17
|Nodes Committee Chair|
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