This project helps implement an improved data mobilization strategy for GBIF Togo. Training activities and hands-on workshops in data collection, management, cleaning and publication strengthen the node’s network of stakeholders. Facilitators from the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and Canadensys assist in the training workshops.
The project mobilizes data from previously undigitized botanical and zoological collections in the country and will publish more than 100,000 records in the form of checklists, occurrences and images. Data mobilization focuses on the needs of policy and decision-makers, identified by participants from institutions which participated in GBIF Togo’s first national workshop in 2011.
Following the initiation of the project, a working session was held at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Resources (MERF) with all the projects’ local partners to review the project implementation strategy. A launch meeting was also held at the University of Lomé and attended by 31 participants from 18 Togolese institutions. During this meeting, the project was officially launched in the presence of the local and national press. Moreover, a national network of biodiversity data owners and users was established and data moblization strategies in Togo were defined.
Since then, a digital publishing workshop for stakeholders was held in collaboration with the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and Canadensys.
After establishing a monitoring group, regular meetings with the GBIF Togo node manager have strengthened partnerships and and will ensure continued mobilization and data publishing between stakeholders. A data analysis techniques workshop is being planned for 2018.
Through the framework of the project, more than 60,000 records from 48 datasets have been published to GBIF.org.