Access to knowledge is vital for good decisions. Through cooperation between Norway, India and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Norwegian experiences has contributed to better accessibility and better dissemination of data on biodiversity in India.
- This project serves as a good example of how the concept of having a better research-policy interface can be translated into an on-ground action to promote conservation of an endangered wild carnivore species – the tiger. The project has highlighted the need for making investments in the science of biodiversity informatics as these investments help in securing both species and habitat conservation, says Dr. Vinod B. Mathur, Director of the Wildlife Institute of India.
The project has been coordinated by The Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA) in close collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC), The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo (NHM), the Wildlife Conservation Society- India Program (WCS) and the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWF) in India. The Project is financed by Norwegian and Indian Authorities, in support of the work on capacity building under the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
NBIC has contributed with experiences and knowledge on mobilization and dissemination of data. This includes development of cooperation, tools and standards – which all are vital for efficient dataflow between knowledge producers and decision makers.
Our experiences as providers of knowledge on biodiversity have great transfer value in such projects, states Arild Lindgaard, senior adviser at NBIC
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