BID Africa: Data use for decision-making

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9 - 13 April 2018

In 2015, the GBIF Secretariat officially started Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), a multi-year, €3.9 million programme funded by the European Union with the aim of increasing the amount of biodiversity information available for use in scientific research and policymaking in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. One of the main implementation mechanisms of the programme is a set of public calls to support projects directly contributing to the objectives of the programme.

This workshop aims to contribute to enhancing the capacity of the project teams in Africa by demonstrating how mobilized primary biodiversity data can be used in the development of information products that feed into national policy-making processes. It will have a strong focus on the technical aspects of the data use—in particular with respect to ecological niche modelling and the use of GBIF for Red Listing using the IUCN Categories and Criteria. Participants will also be introduced to the decision making process and how these information products can be effectively integrated within it.

The workshop's online and on-site components will both have a strong practical approach, including a significant component of group work. Participants will have the possibility to evaluate their learning and receive recognition of their level of understanding. The official language of the workshop will be English with materials translated into French and Portuguese.

Only individuals nominated by a BID project representative and mentors selected by the GBIF Secretariat can subscribe to this workshop. Please address inquiries and questions to

The BID programme is funded by the European Union.

Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens
Cape Town
Country or area
South Africa
9 - 13 April 2018
English, with materials translated into French and Portuguese