Data use to inform decisions on biodiversity conservation and public health in Benin

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Ackee (Blighia sapida), Benin. Photo 2014 Rainer Skrovny via iNaturalist Research-grade Observations, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

This project is designed to provide data solutions to support expressed decisions making of three government institutions.

Workshops with decision-makers examine their data needs, analyze gaps and identify relevant data holdings for mobilization. Data needs will then be adequately identified and, data mobilization in free access databases like GBIF, data gap analysis on available data, and complementary data mobilization in data holdings will be planned. Data mobilization, data and checklist publications on GBIF site will then be achieved.

Under the supervision of trainers and project advisor, graduate students will develop Master's research topics responding to decision-makers' key questions, analysing and addressing policy-relevant data needs.

Following the evaluation process by end-users, a plan will be set in place through partnership agreements between parties so as to enable the establishment of workflows and refinement of data mobilization and data solutions to fit more conveniently in decisions making during and beyond the project.

Data solutions will be used in national biodiversity policy and international biodiversity platforms. Indicators towards the achievements of SDG and CBD targets as well as information on biodiversity assessments will be provided to end-users.

We will assess the impact of these activities using the following indicators:

  • The number of occurrence and checklist records published on
  • The number of data solutions / use cases provided to support decisions
  • The number of decisions supported
  • The number of data papers published

Workflows for data mobilization will be established and refined during and after the project to fit more conveniently in decision-making processes.

Project progress

Data mobilization is in progress reaching a 50% of all the data planned to be mobilized and published on GBIF. 18 datasets are published for a total of 49,244 occurrence data out of the 100,000 occurrences planned in the framework of the project.

A capacity building workshop for national partners took place at Sainte Anouarite reception center (South Benin) on 30 November and 1 December 2021. This workshop aimed to build participants' capacities on data mobilization, provide them the necessary technical support for the publication of data, and help them become more visible by registering on GBIF website and publishing biodiversity data.

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Type of grant
Data-use grant
1 April 2021 - 31 March 2023
Project identifier
Funded by
  • Direction Générale des Eaux, Forêts et Chasse (DGEFC), Ministryof Living Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Centre National de Gestion des Réserves de Faune (CENAGREF), Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Hôpital Menontin, Ministry of Public Health
Contact details

Jean Cossi GANGLO
University of Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
03 BP 2819 Cotonou
229 Calavi

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