Mobilizing biodiversity information from the Kenya Wildlife Service


Grevy’s Zebra, a threatened Kenyan species. Photo from the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service, via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image.

This project's main objective is to organize biodiversity data collected in Kenya’s protected areas since the 1950’s. The data include records of terrestrial and marine species, threatened species and invasive alien species, currently stored in different formats and scattered across the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters and its field stations.

Mobilized data will be published through GBIF and GBIF Kenya, and will be incorporated into relevant biodiversity management policies in Kenya through the close involvement of the Kenya Wildlife Service with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

The project envisages the mobilization of more than 100,000 biodiversity data records.

Project Progress

A data organization workshop attended by 30 staff members of Kenya Wildlife Service and Nature Kenya introduced the project main objectives. It also strengthened staff capacities in data cleaning and mapping techniques using Darwin Core standard.

A list of datasets to be prioritized for standardization based on data users needs was defined.