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21st Meeting of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Governing Board;
Sep 26, 2014

Biodiversity Informatics Vital for Sustainable Growth

21st meeting of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Governing Board was held in New Delhi recently. Inaugurating the meeting the Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has said the concept of sustainability was an integral part of Indian ethos which ensured balanced approach to issues pertaining to conservation, access and growth. Environmental protection and economic development needed to be integrated with an informatics supported mechanism so as to efficiently manage and use natural resources as a natural capital asset. It was therefore critical to manage natural resources and ecosystems that harboured unique and varied bio diversity.

India stood committed to developing biodiversity informatics as an essential element of India’s economic, environment and social well-being. India is in the process of building a comprehensive and decentralized biodiversity information infrastructure to serve the national interests and to provide inter-operability with regional and global initiatives.

Around 6500 natural history museums throughout the world housed approximately 3 billion specimens of Indian origin, access to these specimens was both time-consuming and expensive. It was therefore important to promote and facilitate an informatics mechanism to provide easy and better access. The momentum in this process had already begun. In the last two decades, many natural history museums in developed nations had digitized specimen collections that they were holding. Several ongoing global and regional biodiversity informatics initiatives for sharing data about these specimens with the countries of origin were gaining impetus. In the given situation, GBIF and its partners needed to mainstream the process of institutionalizing the digital exchange of data.

India is amongst the few countries in the world that had developed a National Biodiversity Information Outlook (NBIO). The development of NBIO was a strategic decision taken by India to provide a national vision and a long term roadmap to facilitate free and open access to biodiversity data. The implementation of NBIO would entail the establishment of Indian Biodiversity Information Facility (InBIF) on the lines of GBIF request the global experts to assist us in this endeavour.

As a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), India is committed to develop a national clearing-house mechanism to facilitate access to biodiversity information both nationally and globally. To conserve biodiversity and compliance with international obligations, one such step taken by India was to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) in 2003, an inter-governmental network that aims to facilitate free and open access to the world’s biodiversity data. The GBIF had been instrumental in developing capacities in various areas and aspects of biodiversity informatics.

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