Capacity building for Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

NINA and co-partners has initiated an international project in India to support capacity building in biodiversity informatics under the UN- program “Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)”. The project aims to enhance decision making and improve nature management in India.


Photo: Dr. Vinod B. Mathur
Photo: Dr. Vinod B. Mathur 


Rich on biodiversity

India has been identified as a national partner in this project both because of the rich natural biodiversity and because of the recent development of the Indian Biodiversity Information Facility (INBIF). INBIF is led by WII which also has the national mandate from the Indian Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF)  to build capacity for effective biodiversity information management. WII is also the main Indian GBIF- node. MOEF actively support the international project presented.

The main objective of the pilot project is to enhance the capacity of India to take policy decisions about its own biodiversity management and conservation issues based on updated information. Sharing and exchange of data, technology and knowledge will therefore be the main focus of the project.


Project organization

The project will be led and coordinated by NINA and NBIC. NINA will provide its expertise in managing camera-trap projects and together with the NBIC and the Norwegian GBIF- node at UiO provide the expertise acquired from the establishment of the Norwegian biodiversity infrastructure. WII will be responsible for the implementation and progress of the project nationally within India. The GBIF Secretariat in Copenhagen will provide guidance about international data standards, training and capacity building on Biodiversity Informatics.


The following project outcomes are planned:

  • A case study focusing on the use of biodiversity data for decision-making.
  • A substantial amount of new data and metadata records about Indian biodiversity, published through the GBIF network.
  • National workshops where Indian scientists and technicians can increase their capacity on digitalization of camera trap photos, data management of sensitive biodiversity information and how to handle intellectual property issues. An important part of the workshops will be how to use ecological niche modeling techniques in GIS to help decision-makers to use primary biodiversity data.
  • A best-practice guide and other training resources derived from the training workshops that can be reused by other projects and initiatives.
  • A final report documenting the project results.


The way forward

The project has several synergies for similar projects and can represent added values for the strengthening of the south-south cooperation. The IPBES- aspect of this project could further on be initiated in e.g. Africa (South Africa) and South America (Brazil and Costa Rica). Finally GBIF has several programs through which this project could be extended and complemented, the Node-to-Node Mentoring Programme and its Capacity Enhancement Programme for Developing Countries (CEPDEC). Both programs would be suitable to frame future extensions of this project.


Participants and financing:

NINA has initiated this two year pilot project collaboration with the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the University of Oslo (UiO) under the Norwegian Government support to capacity building activities under the UN- program “Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)”.

The project is financed and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs, the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management.



NINA: Mr. Frank Hanssen
NBIC: Mr. Nils Valland
UIO: Dr. Einar Timdal
WII: Dr. Vinod B Mathur
GBIF: Mr. Alberto González-Talaván