Data mediated by GBIF presently provides support for a growing number of scientific applications, and supports uses by global platforms and forums (e.g. GEO-BON , IPBES ) and management of natural resources. The list of uses of biodiversity information includes:
- scientific research,
- resources management (fisheries, forestry, etc),
- habitat restoration,
- environmental impact assessment,
- sustainable development programmes,
- invasive species,
- ecosystems goods and services,
- conservation strategies,
- land-use planning,
- traditional knowledge,
- cultural safety.
GBIF Secretariat mantains a Public Library on Mendeley which is continuously updated with new references and articles that use GBIF mediated data, or refer and discuss GBIF.