This project seeks to advance access to quality freshwater data and information in Uganda by harnessing capacity in data mobilization, data made available through GBIF and engagements with data user institutions. The goal is to advance utility of the data in conservation decision-making, advocacy, education and reporting on biodiversity.
Limited capacity of users to develop biodiversity information from primary biodiversity data, coupled with some deficiencies in data available through GBIF, is the main barrier to data use in Uganda.
This project will improve the data the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) has published through GBIF and use all the data available to develop freshwater biodiversity information to guide conservation planning.
The NaFIRRI has published fish occurrences without abundance data, while other published or unpublished occurrences have no geographic coordinates. The quality of the occurrences will be improved by linking them with abundance data and geographic coordinates. Then, using all data available in GBIF, the project will develop information products tailored to conservation planning. The information will have a direct entry point into policies and practices of Uganda’s agricultural sector.
The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) conducted a national biodiversity information Political and Economic Analysis (PEA) and identified the sector as the biggest threat biodiversity. The information products planned in this project will be tailored to the information needs of the sector defined in the PEA.