The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) was established by a parliamentary resolution and became operational in 2005.
The goal of NBIC is to serve as a national source of information on species and ecosystems in Norway, and to make up-to-date information on biodiversity widely available and easily accessible to the society.
NBIC focuses on knowledge, both by increasing the level of knowledge, and making it available. Our role as a National source for biodiversity knowledge requires a comprehensive interaction with the scientific community, and close cooperation with policymakers, managers and other data users.
Information and data on biodiversity are found in natural history museums, research institutions, environmental agencies and NGO’s run by professional and amateur biologists. NBIC works with all these groups to collate and disseminate this material so that it can become available to everyone.
NBIC’s main tasks are to provide:
NBIC has developed a wide range of services and products. The most essential are:
NBIC has a wide range of cooperation with similar organizations in other countries as well as international institutions working to increase and disseminate knowledge on biodiversity. This cooperation contributes to strengthen the exchange of information across national borders. We work among others with the Swedish Species Information Centre (ArtDatabanken), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the EU (EUBON and INSPIRE) and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). We also contribute to Norway's efforts to establish and operationalize the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).