BID: Biodiversity Information for Development

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Biodiversity information professionals examining a herbarium sheet
Team consultation at the BID Capacity Enhancement Workshop: Data use for decision-making, Cape Town, South Africa, 11 April 2018. Participants (left to right): Ernest Lamptey, Raymond Owusu-Achiaw, Donald Mpalika, Elizabeth Mwafongo, Jacqueline Sapoama Kumadoh, Hannah Owen. Photo Maheva Bagard Laursen | GBIF, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) is a multi-year programme funded by the European Union and led by GBIF with the aim of increasing the amount of biodiversity information available in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Funding from the programme's first phase has supported capacity enhancement activities and projects to mobilize biodiversity data and strengthened national and regional biodiversity information facilities in these regions. Its impacts to date have focused on data that support the regions' policy needs, particularly in connection with protected areas, threatened species and invasive alien species.