Building capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to establish an effective GBIF Participant node

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Bukima patrol post with Mt. Mikeno in the background, Virunga national park, Eastern DRC. Photo by Cai Tjeenk Willing via Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0

This project will build capacity to establish a GBIF Participant node in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and facilitate the country’s transition from its current status as a GBIF Associate Participant to Voting Participant.

The node will be housed within the Scientific and Technical Direction (DTS) of the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), which is the national agency in charge of biodiversity and protected area management in the country. The Participant node will be responsible for identifying data holders and securing the management of the country’s biodiversity data.

The ultimate objectives of the project are the improved understanding of the status of biodiversity in the DRC and ensuring biodiversity data are available to inform decision-makers and national political processes.

Partners
Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), DRC