The biodiversity information and the role of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) was the main topic of a seminar held at the Instituto da Biodiversidade e Áreas Protegidas in Bissau, last July 14. The seminar was co-organised by IBAP and the Portuguese Node of GBIF. In this seminar, there were also presented IBAP's activities site devoted to the management of biodiversity information in protected areas, through databases and geographic information systems.
Cooperation in CPLP
It is already on the 14th of July, that the Instituto de Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas (IBAP) of Guiné-Bissau hosts, at its headquarters in Bissau, the seminar The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the availability of biodiversity data about Guinea-Bissau. The seminar is co-organized by the IBAP and the Portuguese GBIF Node, and runs under the GBIF_PALOP project to promote GBIF on African Portuguese-speaking countries.
The importance of the participation of Mozambique in GBIF was the topic for discussion in a workshop held in Maputo, co-organized by the Eduardo Mondlane University (Department of Biological Sciences) and the Portuguese Node of GBIF. About 40 participants from universities, natural history museums, research institutes and Mozambican NGOs also gained better understanding about the objectives of the GBIF network, its operation and the requirements and implementation process of a national node.
About 30 people from Angolan museums, universities and national environment, agriculture and fisheries agencies attended in Luanda to the workshop on Scientific Data Sharing about Biodiversity. The event was organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Angola with the collaboration of the Portuguese Node of GBIF and was held in the Talatona Convention Centre, the 10th of September, as a side event of the 4th National Conference on Science and Technology.
One of the goals of this project is to provide Portuguese translations of a set of essential documents that a newcomer country to the GBIF community will need. This includes documents to help promoting GBIF, to support a node establishment and setup, and to help data digitising and mobilisation projects by publishers. The other goal is to promote the engagement by African Portuguese speaking countries to GBIF through seminars to be presented, particularly, in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique.
News on the project:
It took place between 18 and 27 March 2014 the second training on Specify 6 in Angola, this time in Luanda. The training took place in Herbário of the University Agostinho Neto, and was organized jointly by the Centre and Botany of that university and by IICT. The course also included a module for georeferencing of biological collections. The 11 students attending to this course are from the University and the Ministry of Environment.
Between the 22nd and 24th of May took place in Lubango, Angola, the training workshop on Specify 6 database and Georreferencing o Biological Collections, Entre 22 e 24 de Maio de 2013, realizou-se no Lubango, Angola, o curso de formação em Specify 6 e Georreferenciação de Colecções Biológicas, attended by 11 participants from 5 Angolan institutions. The course was held at ISCED - Huila and was organized jointly between the ISCED - Huila and IICT.