Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal launched
Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) is a regional conservation non-for-profit organization established in 1995 with the mission to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the Albertine Rift region through the promotion of collaborative conservation action for nature and people.
|Source||Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)|
|Geographical coverage||Albertine Rift Region|
On 22nd May, 2013, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and its partners under the Albertine Rift Biodiversity Monitoring and Information System (ARBMIS) join the world to celebrate the 2013 World Biodiversity Day by launching the “Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal.
The development of this regional biodiversity data sharing and information exchange platform was stewarded by ARCOS in the framework of the project to build competence for biodiversity Information Systems in the Albertine Rift region. The project was implemented with funding support from the J.R.S Biodiversity Foundation.
Speaking at occasion; the ARCOS’ Executive Director, Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, said: “this is aculmination of a long process that started 6 years ago in 2007 when stakeholders in the region came together for the first time and developed the Albertine Rift Biodiversity Monitoring Strategy. ARCOS strongly commends everybody’s effort in working together to make possible the establishment of this regional platform”.
The development of the Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal started with the signing of a regional data sharing agreement and protocol by 5 institutions where ARCOS as a secretariat to the agreement was tasked to develop a platform to facilitate the implementation of the agreement.
“This portal is an added-value to the large amount of biodiversity data which is dispersed among various institutions in the region”, Said Byamana Kizungu, Deputy Director General of Natural Sciences Research Centre (CRSN Lwiro, DRC) – one of the parties to the agreement. “It is true that we still have a long way to go in digitizing various datasets held in non-digital format but the set up of the portal constitutes the crucial step which will catalyse the efforts in mobilizing and consolidating all data and information held in the region to make it available for science, policy-making and public education” he added.
The final launch of the portal is scheduled to coincide with the World Environmental Day on June 5th 2013 and all stakeholders have been called to provide their feedback so as to allow accommodation of the many features entailed by such a regional platform.