Biodiversity Information for Development showcase

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25 September 2023
09:00 - 16:45 CEST

Enhancing capacity to mobilize and use biodiversity data effectively to support the Global Biodiversity Framework

This GBIF- and EU-hosted symposium brings together key stakeholders, including representatives from funded projects, funders, aligned initiatives, and policymakers to reflect on the progress to date of the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme. The event will also serve as a forum for discussing future directions for the programme to support effective implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

The showcase will be organized across three sessions with a series of speakers sharing perspectives on a single theme in each. The symposium will conclude with all speakers convening for a facilitated discussion.

Representatives from the GBIF network, BID projects, and regional support teams will participate in a closed workshop on the following day.

The event was livestreamed to reach a wider audience and generate input from other potential stakeholders and spark further discussions about the programme.


  • Showcase strength and impact of BID programme to date and explore its future needs and priorities
  • Discuss the relevance of aligned regional and global initiatives for supporting the global activities and objectives of the BID programme
  • Catalyse key collaborations to strengthen implementation and delivery across shared goals


Time (CEST) Title Speaker
9:00–10:00 Session 1: Setting the scene
The BID programme to date, its objectives and its policy context
Welcome address Chantal Marijnissen
Head of Unit for Environment and Sustainable Natural Resources, European Commission, Directorate-General Environment International Partnerships
Welcome address Liam Lysaght
Director, National Biodiversity Data Centre (IE) / Chair, GBIF Governing Board
Welcome address Vinod Mathur
Past Chair, National Biodiversity Authority of India
Welcome address Jean-Paul Kubwimana
Director of the Conservation Programme, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) / Africa Regional Representative, GBIF Nodes Steering Group
Main objectives of the day and overview of BID Tim Hirsch
Deputy Director, GBIF Secretariat
10:30–12:00 Session 2: BID in practice:
Regional achievements in developing biodiversity capacity for research and policy support
Strengthening and growing the community of practice through GBIF nodes across regions; leveraging the GBIF network to support the BID programme Anne-Sophie Archambeau, GBIF France / Chair, GBIF Node Managers Committee
How the BID programme benefits from GBIF’s Capacity development framework Mélianie Raymond, Community and Capacity Manager, GBIF Secretariat
Topic 1: Data mobilization
Introduction and regional perspectives Leonardo Buitrago, Regional support team for Latin America and the Caribbean, GBIF
BID project showcase: Assessment and update of data on marine macroalgae in Hispaniola Alejandro Herrera, Co-leader, Ecomar (DR)
BID project showcase: Mobilization and strengthening of biodiversity data supporting sustainable development in Côte d'Ivoire Koua Serge Beranger N'Goran, Researcher, Centre National de Floristique (CI)
BID project showcase: Catalogue of the Fishes of Colombia Lauren Raz, Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Q&A and Facilitated discussion
13:00–14:15 Session 2 (cont.)
Topic 2: Data use and capacity building
Introduction and regional perspectives Video - Africa Tsiky Rabetrano, Regional Support Team for Africa, GBIF
BID project showcase: Advancing freshwater biodiversity data access, utility and relevance for conservation decision-making in Uganda Laban Musinguzi, Research Officer at Uganda National Fisheries Resources Research Institute / Regional Support Team for Africa, GBIF
BID project showcase: Progress towards a regional data platform of West and Central African herbaria (TG, BJ, CM, CI, GA) Pierre Radji, Professor, Laboratoire de Recherche Forestière (LRF) Faculté des Sciences, Université de Lomé / Node Manager, GBIF Togo
BID project showcase: Tapping two decade of ecological research in PNG: creating a framework for data mobilisation Video - Papua New Guinea Conor Redmond and Phil Butterill, New Guinea Binatang Research Center
Q&A and Facilitated discussion
Topic 3: Sustainability and scaling up
Introduction and regional perspectives Laban Musinguzi
BID project showcase: Rescuing the knowledge base of Venezuela’s marine biodiversity Video - Venezuela Jose Ramon Delgado, Executive Director, Fundacion Caribe Sur
BID project showcase: Enhancing the capacity of civil societies for creating a unified marine turtle database in Cameroon Alexandre Girard, President, Réseau des Acteurs de la Sauvegarde des Tortues Marines en Afrique Centrale (RASTOMA)
BID project showcase: Capacity development for mobilization and use of biodiversity data on endangered bird species in Kenya David Chiawo, Senior Lecturer at Strathmore University
Q&A and Facilitated discussion
Key results of the BID programme to date and findings from the external review Maheva Bagard Laursen, Programme Officer for Community and Capacity, GBIF Secretariat
14:30–15:30 Session 3: Looking forward
The BID programme and aligned initiatives supporting global needs and the GBF
Plans for the upcoming new BID programme and how it will support the implementation of the GBF and other multi-lateral agreements Tim Hirsch
Supporting capacity for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework: Types of actions supported by the European Commission Thierry Dudermel, Team Leader, Biodiversity, European Commission, Directorate-General International Partnerships
Global Knowledge Support Service for Biodiversity Anne Teller, Senior Expert, European Commission, Directorate-General Environment
Supporting capacity needs for biodiversity information in Asia Vinod Mathur
Knowledge management needs for implementing the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, regional and sub-regional support centres Han de Koeijer, Belgian National Focal Point for the CBD Clearing House Mechanism / Member, CBD Informal Advisory Group on Technical and Scientific Cooperation
GBIF Africa and nodes Jean-Paul Kubwimana
Incorporating capacity needs for marine data mobilization and use Video - OBIS Ward Appeltans, Programme Manager, Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS)
Data mobilization and ecosystem assessments Video - UNEP-WCMC Juanita Chaves Posada, UNEP-WCMC
15:30–16:15 Facilitated discussion
Alignment of the BID programme and future priorities
16:15-16:30 Close

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Event co-organizer Event host

 This programme is funded by the European Union.

Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique
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25 September 2023 09:00 - 16:45