[Belgianbif] 25th GBIF Governing Board

Belgian GBIF Contact Group belgianbif at biodiversity.be
Thu Oct 11 16:11:13 CEST 2018

Dear André

I would like here to second Jurate`s statement.
By provoding data on African and Brazilian fauna and flora already back in 2003 with the Enbi.project,  Belgium has been instrumental in not keeping this information locked.
Much more data has followed since.
Recently the data from the 1.2 mio scanned herbarium.sheets including the african part has been made available to Gbif. 
By 2020 it is the plan to add Latin America and South East Asia.

We thus look very forward to collaborate on this with Gbif.

Currently a check list with local common names of the flora of central Africa has been provided and is tested for search and display at gbif. This is an important step to improve access and discoverability of the content by non eu users.

I wish you a fruitful meeting and looking forward to hear about the outcomes


From: BelgianBIF [belgianbif-bounces at biodiversity.be] on behalf of Belgian GBIF Contact Group [belgianbif at biodiversity.be]
Sent: 11 October 2018 15:07
To: belgianbif at biodiversity.be
Subject: Re: [Belgianbif] 25th GBIF Governing Board

Dear Ir. Heughebaert,

Thank you very much for sending me this comprehensive and ambitious work programme of GBIF concerning priorities and future activities. I look forward very much that it is accepted during the  25th Governing Board meeting. I am very pleased to learn that the items are included which probably can be more emphasized during the meeting:
1) the involvement of Colombia into GBIF activities (this country holds 10% of world biodiversity);
2) the release of non-European biodiversity data locked in the European museums/depositories.

Our Belgian and other European repositories are very rich with historic data  from Africa and if we combine these historic data with newly obtained information from Colombian and Chili nodes we will be on the right track to conserve the biggest forests on the planet.

I am very honoured to be part of this very positive development for all biodiversity researchers and supporters.

Kind regards,

On Thu, 11 Oct 2018 at 09:14, Belgian GBIF Contact Group <belgianbif at biodiversity.be<mailto:belgianbif at biodiversity.be>> wrote:
Dear Belgian BIF friends,
Next week GBIF will hold its 25th Governing Board in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Amongst other things, it will decide its 2019 annual work programme, see draft in annex.
Should you have any questions or concerns about it, please let me know.
With kind regards,
Ir Andre Heughebaert
GBIF Node Manager at Belgian Biodiversity Platform<http://www.biodiversity.be>
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Av. Louise 231 Louizalaan
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Dr. Jurate De Prins
Editor of Lepidoptera
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