SANBI to host Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development conference

04 November 2014

The growing community of African biodiversity informaticians in Entebbe, Uganda, August 2010.

NB: Please note change of date.*

From 19 to 22 May 2015, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) will host an international conference at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, entitled, Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development. The event is being organised in partnership with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). It aims to:

  1. Accelerate regional understanding of the biodiversity data-science-policy value chain and draw attention to the opportunities and solutions that biodiversity data presents for sustainable development in Africa;
  2. Strengthen regional engagement, learning networks, and collaborative synergies with a view to streamlining the data-science-policy value chain; and
  3. Galvanise political commitment to mobilising Africa’s biodiversity data.

The event emanates from the project, Mobilising Africa’s Biodiversity Data, which is generously supported by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and entails developing a strategy for capturing, digitising and publishing Africa’s policy-relevant biodiversity data whilst strengthening regional capacity and collaboration in biodiversity information management.

Help for African policymakers

The conference will bring together a range of stakeholders who operate along the data-science-policy value chain or have a special interest in unlocking biodiversity data for sustainable development. These will include data managers, scientists, researchers, and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as civil society, international organisations and private foundations.

Mobilising Africa’s biodiversity data will help African policymakers to formulate more effective, evidence-based policies in pursuit of sustainable development and poverty alleviation. In that vein, the conference will address several key questions: Which types of biodiversity data are most essential for sustainable development in Africa? How can the biodiversity data-science-policy value chain be streamlined? How can scientists, researchers and policymakers make better use of biodiversity data? What initial steps can African governments take to improve biodiversity data management at the national level? How should donors prioritise their investments to build effective information architecture for biodiversity in Africa?

An exhibition hall will display posters depicting various projects and case studies concerning the generation and practical application of biodiversity data for sustainable development.

- To register your interest in this conference or submit an enquiry, please email Mr Russell Galt

*This article previously stated that the conference was to be held from 22 to 24 March 2015.

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