Recognized globally as a highly biodiverse region, Bhutan is also home to vast specimen collections of flora and fauna, held at environmental agencies such as the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Royal University Bhutan (RUB) and Department of Forests and Park Services.
Led by NBC, this project aims mobilize approximately 4,000 records of plants, invertebrates, birds, fishes and mammals from the collections of the Royal University of Bhutan and Department of Forests and Park Services. Data from the project will help enrich the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (BBP), collecting information on all of Bhutan's flora and fauna, while also contributing to GBIF.
Digitization will provide insights into biodiversity hotspots within the country and possible research gaps in field data collections. The project team also plans to accompany published datasets with data papers to increase visibility and usage. A planned workshop will also help inform participating agencies about the processes involved in data mobilization and the importance of sharing data.