Using the CBD Clearing-House Mechanism to strengthen biodiversity data acquisition and data sharing

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Colt's-foot (Tussilago farfara), Perwez, Belgium. Photo 2019 by Mathieu Gilbert, via iNaturalist research-grade observations, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

During the last two years, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Secretariat have been developing a new Content Management System for the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) of the Convention. The tool, named "Bioland", is interoperable with other biodiversity databases.

The principal goals of this project are to reinforce links between CHM and GBIF communities, and to develop concrete synergies, for example a specific GBIF-compatible plugin for Bioland.

National CHM teams in this project include: DR Congo, Cameroon, Mauritania, Madagascar, Bénin, Togo, Guinea, Belgium and France.

Project Progress

As a part of the first phase of the project, the Bioland tool became active and available for partners to use. A workshop was held at the start of October 2019 to give the partners involved in the project access to Bioland as well as full proficiency in the use of the tool. The workshop also included training about how to use GBIF to gain access to biodiversity data, so that by the end of the workshop partners were ready to start the implementation of the Bioland tool in their national CHM.

A second online workshop encouraged partners to promote visibility of and links to GBIF-mediated data in their CHM via a module developed for the Bioland tool. By the end of the project, the national CHM teams involved had increased awareness of GBIF, paving the way for future collaborations to encourage better integration of GBIF-mediated data within national CHM sites globally.

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1 June 2019 - 30 December 2020
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Denis Duclos
Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle
57 rue Cuvier
75005 Paris

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