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1 Biodiversity Information for Cooperation and Development in Ghana Alex Asase Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility (GhaBIF) Department of Botany, University of Ghana Tel:

2 Introduction  In Ghana and widely within Africa, biodiversity is of immense importance for daily subsistence, health care and nutrition as well as for marketing and economic income.  However, several factors continue to pose significant threats to biodiversity in Ghana.  The NBSAP has identified lack of accurate information on the current status of biodiversity in Ghana as one of major constraints to sustainable development.  How do we obtain biodiversity information in order to support cooperation and development in Ghana?

3 Deployment of GBIF informatics suite to address the biodiversity information needs in Ghana

4 But there are a number of obstacles that requires attention / solutions! What are these?

5 Data Types and Integration

6 Training and Capacity Building  GBIF Informatics Suites.  Digitization, data cleaning and publishing. Database management.  Intellectual Property Right (IPR) issues.  Niche Modelling.

7 Tools and Infrastructure Requirements  Software and hardware.  Uninterrupted power supply.  Internet and broadband issues Partnerships  Lack of synergy.  Collaboration amongst institutions within Ghana and elsewhere on best practices.  Data repatriation.

8 Role of Citizen Science  To collect observation data and traditional knowledge.  Monitoring and conservation of biodiversity.  Training of Parataxonomist for inventories.  Products to support resource managers and users.  Products to guide national policy in making strategic planning. User-Friendly Products and Policy markers Funds

9 Why TDWGS? because there are no sets of standards on biodiversity information needed for cooperation and sustainable development ! Thus a group to develop and promote effective biodiversity information standards that will support cooperation and development is urgently needed.

10 Acknowledgments GBIF Bioversity International JRS Biodiversity Foundation University of Ghana


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