Strengthening the biodiversity stakeholders network in Togo


Kpime waterfall near Kpalime, Togo. Photo by jbdodane via flckr. CC BY-NC 2.0

This project helps implement an improved data mobilization strategy for GBIF Togo. Training activities and hands-on workshops in data collection, management, cleaning and publication strengthens the node’s network of stakeholders. Facilitators from the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and Canadensys  assists in the training workshops.

The project mobilizes data from previously undigitized botanical and zoological collections in the country and will publish more than 100,000 records in the form of checklists, occurrences and images. Data mobilization focuses on the needs of policy and decision-makers, identified by institutions which participated in GBIF Togo’s first national workshop in 2011.

Project Progress:

Two meetings were organised to kickoff the project:

  • A working session held at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Resources (MERF) with all the projects' local partners to review the project implementation strategy.
  • A launch meeting held at the University of Lomé and attended by 31 participants from 18 Togolese institutions. During this meeting, the BID national project in Togo was officially launched in the presence of the press. Moreover, a national network of biodiversity data owners and users was established and data moblization strategies in Togo were defined.
DRST (Scientific Research and Technology Division), Ministry of Higher Education and Research
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Togo