Regional collaboration in GBIF

Since 2008, the GBIF network has focused on developing regional collaboration among Participant nodes, including regional strategic plans relating to biodiversity data. This has led to a more formalized process of creating and strengthening regional networks, with the ability to share technologies and joint strategies for targeted mobilization and use of biodiversity data.

In 2011, the GBIF Governing Board approved the setting up of a Nodes Steering Group with representatives drawn from six regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • Oceania

Regional representatives are elected from among six regional subcommittees of the GBIF Participant Nodes Committee and serve two-year terms. In principle, GBIF will assign each Participant to a particular region as it becomes a member in GBIF.

Held annually or in alternate years, regional meetings help Participants to focus on common tasks, set regional priorities, and stimulate specialization within the region.

Highlights of regional activities including events, data mobilization and research examples are included in the GBIF Annual Report.

Regional node representatives

Contact details for the members of the Nodes Steering Group including the regional nodes representatives:

Hanna Koivula
Nodes Committee Chair
Finnish Museum of Natural History
PO Box 17
FinlandTel: +358-50-4154850
Nodes Committee Chair
Alex Asase
Nodes Committee 1st Vice Chair
University of Ghana
Department of Botany
P. O. Box LG 55, Legon
GhanaTel: +233244128800
Nodes Committee 1st Vice Chair
Manuel Vargas
Nodes Committee 2nd Vice Chair
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)
UEA de Bioinformática
Apdo. Postal 23-3100
Santo Domingo de Heredia
Costa RicaTel: (506) 507-8177Fax: (506) 507-8274
Nodes Committee 2nd Vice Chair
Anne-Sophie Archambeau
Nodes Regional Representative Europe
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
GBIF France
MNHN Géologie - CP 48
43 Rue Buffon
FranceTel: +33 1 40 79 80 65
Nodes Regional Representative Europe
Daniel Amariles García
Nodes Regional Representative Latin America
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
Calle 28A #15-09
Bogotá D.C.
ColombiaTel: +571 3202767 Ext. 1154
Nodes Regional Representative Latin America
Fatima Parker-Allie
Nodes Regional Representative Africa
South African National Biodiversity Institute-Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Research Center
P/Bag X7 Claremont 7735
Cape Town
South AfricaTel: +27 21 7998698Fax: +27 21 7998698
Nodes Regional Representative Africa
Tsuyoshi Hosoya
Nodes Regional Representative Asia
National Museum of Nature and Science
Department of Botany
Amakubo 4-1-1

Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Nodes Regional Representative Asia
Robert Hanner
Nodes Regional Representative North America
International Barcode of Life
Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1
CanadaTel: +1 519 8244120 extension 53479
Nodes Regional Representative North America