News 2018 GBIF African Nodes Meeting

GBIF meeting participants, 8-9 August, 2018 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Source GBIF
Release date 22/08/2018
Contributor Samuel Nshutiyayesu
Geographical coverage Africa
Keywords GBIF, Nodes, Observers, Participants, Tanzania

On the dates of 8th to 9th August 2018, the 7th meeting of the GBIF African Nodes was held at Whitesands Hotel and Beach Resort, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The meeting was organized by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) on behalf of the Tanzania Biodiversity Information Facility (TanBIF), with the aim to develop shared strategies, actions and recommendations for enhancing and sustaining biodiversity data sharing and use in the region.

Different african countries were represented, both nodes participants and observers. 15 participant countries included Benin, CAR, DRC, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Observers included 5 countries: Cameroon, Ivory Coast,  Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia. Two non-country participants were also present: ARCOS (Albertine Rift Conservation Society) and EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust).

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth. Todate, 93 GBIF counts participants consisting of countries, economies and international organizations.

In 2011, the GBIF Governing Board approved the establishment of the Nodes Steering Group, which includes representatives from each of the six GBIF regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Carribean, North America and Oceania). In the 2018 GBIF African nodes meeting, TanBIF was nominated to represent GBIF African Nodes in the Nodes Committee elections which held during the 25th GBIF Governing Board from 15-18 October this year, in Ireland.

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