Caribbean surveys seek input on biodiversity data needs and resources

GBIF is seeking input from data holders and decision makers in the Caribbean to support the BID programme’s upcoming call for project proposals.

Orange fireworm (Eurythoe complanata); photo by Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo, NOAA NODC

Orange fireworm (Eurythoe complanata). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce. Photo by Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo, NOAA National Oceanic Data Center.

To help prepare for the upcoming calls for proposals under the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme, GBIF has released surveys seeking input from data holders and decision makers in the Caribbean—two stakeholder groups critical to the programme’s long-term success.

Data holders need resources and incentives to distribute the many types of information that they steward. Available in English, French and Spanish, this survey seeks opinions from data holders in the Caribbean 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 Spanish—seeks opinions from decision makers in the Caribbean about how well their information needs are currently served.

We encourage interested data holders and decision makers take the 12- and 13-question, 20-minute surveys and to share them with their contacts and networks. Wider distribution will help us gain a deeper, more practical understanding of how BID can best support data mobilization and use across the Caribbean.

GBIF expects to issue a call for proposals for the ACP countries in the Caribbean in late August or early September 2016. Potential grantseekers can sign up to receive updates via email or visit the BID grantseekers’ site to receive more information as it becomes available.

Those respondents who may lack sufficiently reliable Internet connectivity may download and fill out ‘offline’ versions of the appropriate survey in Microsoft Word:

This programme is funded by the European Union.