Copenhagen / Braslia Brazil has become the latest country to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), dedicated to promoting free and open access to biodiversity data.
The formal step of becoming a GBIF Participant was the signature of the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding by the Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp.
The MoU commits a country to setting up a national node to coordinate publication of biodiversity data, and brings it into a collaborative global community sharing tools, skills and experience related to management of biological information resources.
The Chair of GBIF's Governing Board, Joanne Daly, said: "This is very exciting, and all Participants in GBIF will share the excitement. Many countries see Brazil's participation in GBIF as vital to global efforts in biodiversity conservation and management.
"Not only is Brazil one of the most biodiverse countries, its scientists are some of the most active in biodiversity science and make an impressive global contribution."
Carlos Nobre, national secretary for policies and programmes at the Brazilian ministry of science, technology and innovation (MCTI), commented: "In the year of Rio +20, Brazil more than ever is making a firm commitment to direct our policies towards sustainable development.
"This leads inevitably towards scientific knowledge about our natural resources, most especially regarding biodiversity. Knowledge to protect, knowledge to use sustainably. The official association of the country with GBIF is a sign of the importance of knowledge for the management of our immense natural resources."
Mercedes Bustamante, director of thematic policies and programmes at the MCTI, added:
"For Brazil, this significant step represents an opportunity for cooperation in development of the gene
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