Andrew Rodrigues, programme officer at the GBIF Secretariat, provided this overview of private-sector engagement to the 27th GBIF Governing Board on 21 October 2020.
- The Data4Nature Initiative: Finance in Common Summit side event, 10 Dec 2020, 11:00–12:30 (UTC +1)
- Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative: Guidance on sharing biodiversity data to meet commitments under the Equator Principles, 19 Jan 2021, 13:00-14:30 (UTC +1)
- IAIA21: Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times, 18-21 May 2021
OpenPSD: Promoting publication and use of private-sector data on biodiversity
GBIF nodes from Spain, Colombia, France, Norway and Portugal have developed the following suite of materials in support of a project to promote the publication and use of biodiversity data by private-sector partners.
- Guidance for private companies to become data publishers through GBIF: template documentation to support internal authorization processes for becoming a GBIF data publisher
- Sample Service Level Agreement
Webinar: Bringing together open data on biodiversity from the private sector, SiB Colombia, 5 May 2020 (in Spanish)
The Data4Nature initiative encourages development actors to capitalize on the biodiversity data collected during impact assessments of the projects they support. Learn more in English, French and Spanish.
- Leaflet (2pp.) in English, French and Spanish
- Brochure (8pp.) in English and French
- Biodiversity: better data sharing for effective ecological transitions (blog post) in English and French, ID4D, 9 Nov 2020
- Biodiversity data: development banks as part of the solution (blog post) in English and French, iD4D, 10 Nov 2020
IBSA: Digitally Transforming Environmental Assessment
The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Western Australian Marine Science Institution have been working with researchers and officials from industry and government to enhance access, aggregation, interpretation and management of biodiversity information collected in Western Australia.
In May 2018, the Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation launched the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments, which ensures that the long-term capture, aggregation and reuse of biodiversity data collected as part of environmental assessment. Acknowledged nationally and internationally as best practice in collecting environmental data, the Index enables Western Australia to continue to transform its processes into a contemporary digital approach: the Digital Environmental Impact Assessment. With appropriate resourcing and support, the partners believe this transformation will:
- Improve the efficiency for environmental assessments for both the proponent and regulator
- Improve the confidence of the regulator that they have made an informed decision at both the project level and at a landscape (cumulative impact) scale
- Improve public trust in EIA decisions through transparency and visibility of data and methods underpinning decisions
- Provide assurance that commitments to Ministerial conditions are proceeding as planned through continuous monitoring and assessment
As of November 2020, IBSA has collected more than 1,300 surveys from industry worth an estimated AU$100 million, with the majority of surveys available under a CC BY 4.0 licence. With its transition to a a Western Australian government URL, IBSA is now formally embedded as a ‘permanent’ program.
In the past year, efforts to collect marine data of all types (not just biodiversity) gathered 45 datasets with an estimated value of AU$50 million (marine surveys being significantly more expensive than terrestrial surveys). All are licensed under CC BY 4.0, marking a cultural shift that is equally valuable, given that they are shared voluntarily by corporate stakeholders.
- Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments
- Digitally Transforming Environmental Assessment
- Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
- Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments
The Equator Principles
- The Equator Principles: Guidance note on biodiversity data sharing for EFPI clients
- The Equator Principles v4, July 2020
- List of Equator Principles Financial Institutions
- Webinar: Using and sharing biodiversity data to enhance biodiversity risk management and slides, presentation by GBIF deputy director Tim Hirsch for IBAT and the Equator Principles, 16 July 2020
- The Equator Principles encourage open access to environmental impact data through the GBIF network, 3 December 2019
- Mobilization of biodiversity data from the private sector: a guiding example from GBIF Norway
- Establishing Public Biodiversity Commitments within an Oil and Gas Company, conference proceeding by Steven Dickinson et al. of TOTAL, July 2020
- Statement of Principles on Sharing Biodiversity Data from Environmental Impact Assessments, developed at the Eye on Earth-sponsored Workshop on Unlocking Biodiversity Data from Environmental Impact Assessments in Muscat, Oman, 15-16 September 2015