Chile’s unique biogeographic isolation and expansive north-south span—vast northern deserts, Mediterranean-type central zone, temperate woodlands and steppes of the south, all bounded by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west—all contribute to its unique biodiversity.
Chile is home to around 30,000 described species, nearly 45% of which are found nowhere else, making it a hub of biological endemism and the focus of interest for scientific research at regional and global levels. However, the data that records this biodiversity is fragmented and not readily accessible, as an open-access system for managing Chile’s biological data has not yet materialized.
This project seeks to enhance national capacity to integrate and provide free access to information about Chile’s biodiversity by working with GBIF Colombia and GBIF Spain to transfer knowledge about using international standards, tools and protocols to publish biodiversity data. The involvement of GBIF’s national nodes from Ecuador, Colombia, and Argentina will improve data mobilization in Latin America by cementing a highly specialized collaboration network in management of biological data. Data mobilization outcomes include:
Publication of at least 30,000 specimen records from the collections of three partner institutions of Chile and Ecuador
Publication of at least four species checklists for Chile
Training in data quality tools and practices, use of data and publication standards for at least 20 publishing institutions
Chilean partner institutions engaged in the project include:
The project will also foster collaboration among national and international biodiversity initiatives, among them the development of a national strategy to strengthen biological collections by 2020 led by Chile’s Ministry of the Environment and progress toward the CBD’s Aichi Target 19.