ICIMOD-GBIF-GMBA Regional training on
Open access to, and publishing of, mountain biodiversity data from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region


The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is endowed with a rich variety of species and ecosystems of global importance. Although the region is on the priority list in many global conservation agendas, it is also one of the least studied places in the world. The data available from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region are sporadic, difficult to access, and in different formats and standards. Inventorying, assessing, documenting, and sharing the biodiversity information for the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is essential to improve conservation effective biodiversity management in the region.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) join hands to organise a regional workshop and hands-on training on Open Access to, and publishing of mountain biodiversity data from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region in Kathmandu, Nepal on 14 -18 June 2010. Together, we bring in a global effort to make biodiversity data accessible and mobilise biodiversity database, to achieve better understanding of mountain biodiversity and predicting its changes.

The workshop focuses on

  1. Bringing the eight countries that share the region together to discuss the opportunity that the GBIF infrastructure and framework represents for  primary biodiversity data discovery, publishing, and use in the region
  2. Strengthening the capacity of biodiversity researchers and data publishers from the region to find, digitize, and publish biodiversity data by adopting GBIF promoted tools, standards and processes;
  3. Developing a framework and the partnerships needed for continuous promotion of easy and open access to standardised and harmonised biodiversity information on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region

Participation in the workshop is by invitation ONLY.