Surveys seek to understand biodiversity data needs and resources in Africa

Surveys in English, French, and Portuguese seek input from data holders and decision makers in Africa to support and refine the EU-funded BID programme.

GBIF is currently seeking input via surveys for data holders and decision makers—two stakeholder groups critical to the long-term success of the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme.

This new multi-year programme aims to increase the availability and use of biodiversity information in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Data holders need resources and incentives to distribute the many types of information that they steward. Available in English, French and Portuguese, this survey seeks opinions from data holders in ACP countries in Africa regarding the financial or technical challenges they face in sharing data and its use in research and policy.

Decision makers depend on high-quality biodiversity information to support planning and policy and to encourage world-class research. The second survey—also available in English, French and Portuguese—seeks opinions from decision makers in ACP countries in Africa about how well their information needs are currently served.

We encourage interested data holders and decision makers take the seven-question, 20-minute survey. Please feel free to share the surveys with other contacts and networks to help us gain a deeper, more practical understanding of how BID can best support data mobilization and use across Africa.