This project aims to strengthen the collaboration between GBIF Cameroon, GBIF Benin and GBIF France through the CESP programme. This collaboration will enable GBIF Cameroon to receive guidance and technical assistance from GBIF France and GBIF Benin. The project will increase sharing of experiences between the three nodes, as well as between the former beneficiaries of BID funding. It will also allow the promotion of GBIF through training workshops and the conception, production and dissemination of support materials during the workshop.
The goals of the project are:
- to train the Cameroon node staff and potential data holders;
- to connect new data sets to the GBIF Portal and to register new data publishers from Cameroon;
- to reinforce the national biodiversity information network;
- to update the Biodiversity Information System of Cameroon and GBIF Portal with the new data;
- to hold a training workshop in one institution (University of Yaoundé);
- to assess the needs of various stakeholders in biodiversity conservation and management in terms of data uses, and;
- to produce and use four communication support materials during the national workshop and other activities related to biodiversity.
Beginning with the activity to identify and mobilize data holders at the national level, the GBIF Cameroon team began the project with conducting missions in some institutions (University of Maroua, University of Ngaoundere, University of Buea, RASTOMA and the Millennium Ecological Museum), to raise the awareness of the importance of publishing on the GBIF Portal. This resulted in four new institutions registering as data providers on the GBIF Portal.
In January 2022 a capacity building workshop was organized in Yaoundé for members of the GBIF Cameroon network on the use of GBIF tools and standards. This face-to-face workshop strengthened links between members of the GBIF Cameroon node. The mentors from France and Benin however had to attend virtually, due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.