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Managing biodiversity data from local government
Date:5/25/2012

Local governments around the world have a new tool to help share and use vast amounts of biodiversity knowledge collected in the course of their work.

A best practice guide published by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, details the simple steps needed to preserve data and make them accessible via the Internet.

The intention is to increase awareness of the tools and protocols available to publish biodiversity data collected as part of local government planning processes, which are often lost after completion of reports or collected in inconsistent formats that cannot be easily archived or shared.

The guide notes that local governments are becoming increasingly important as managers and users of biodiversity assets, with their responsibilities for environmental management and planning, regulation of land use, and supporting implementation of policies and strategies relating to biodiversity.

In planning, provision of services and management of urban green spaces, local governments are both significant users and generators of biodiversity data. The steps outlined in the guide will help improve the availability of and access to readily usable and verifiable biodiversity data.

The guide, supported by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), describes how biodiversity data publishing can be incorporated into planning, policy development and decision-making processes in local government.

Among the advantages to local governments of publishing data using the tools outlined in the guide are:

  • It enables free and open access to biodiversity data, essential for biod
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Contact: Sampreethi Aipanjiguly
saipanjiguly@gbif.org
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Source:Eurekalert

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