Development of a funding mechanism and efficient management of data on plant biodiversity in Côte d’Ivoire

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Napoleonaea vogelii, Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. Photo by Alexey Yakovlev. CC BY-SA 2.0

This project revitalizes the Centre National de Floristique (CNF), the state institution responsible for plant biodiversity studies and host of the national herbarium, by setting up a mechanism for plant data management in Côte d’Ivoire. Agreements for collaboration and research are being developed between the four project partners – the CNF; the Swiss Center for Scientific Research, a leading research institute in the country; the Jean Lorougnon Guédé University which surveys plant biodiversity in protected areas in the country and the Institut Botanique Aké-Assi d'Andokoi, which has significant holdings of academic and research data.

Following training workshops, over 75,000 data records held by the four partner organizations will be mobilized and a database and management tool will be developed. Data papers and policy briefs will also be produced towards the goal of applying the mobilized data in response to national priorities.

Project Progress

A project kickoff meeting introduced Ivory Coast’s BID National Project to the country’s main stakeholders. During this workshop, participants reflected on dissemination and efficient management strategies of floristic data.

The National Centre of Floristic (CNF) and the Botanical Institute Ake-Assi of Andokoi (IBAAN) compiled information contained in their herbarium labels in raw databases.