The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), which hosts the GBIF national node, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to underpin development of a post-graduate research hub for biodiversity information management.
The national biodiversity information system for Brazil, SiBBr, has launched a survey of the data on biodiversity and ecosystems held by more than 200 institutions in the country, helping to mobilize data from GBIF's newest Participant.
Citizen ‘herbonauts’ can now contribute to science by helping to digitize the vast quantity of plant records held in the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris, host of the GBIF national node.
GBIF is participating in a major new project to build a European Biodiversity Observation Network, aimed at helping scientists, policy makers and the public to access a wide range of biodiversity information.
The GBIF community has an important role to play in supporting the new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), according to executive secretary Donald Hobern.