The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) are endowed with a rich variety of species and ecosystems of global importance. The region provides vital ecosystem services, including fresh water that serves more than 200 million people in the immediate vicinity and 1.3 billion people living downstream. However, the HKH is one of the least studied regions on the globe and is considered a ‘data deficit’ region due to sporadic, inaccessible data available in different and incompatible formats.
There are several challenges to sharing biodiversity data and, thus, determining the biodiversity in the region. Given the complex topography of the HKH, the biodiversity in many areas is yet to be fully inventoried. The lack of regional data publishing and discovery mechanisms together with the lack of available data in the public domain make estimations and wider analysis of the region’s biodiversity even more difficult.
Realizing the importance of sharing information on biodiversity in effective biodiversity conservation and management, ICIMOD is encouraging global efforts that make biodiversity data more accessible and mobilize biodiversity databases on mountain organisms in order to achieve a better understanding of mountain biodiversity and its management.
The regional training on 'Biodiversity Data Publishing in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region: Platform, Prospect, and Progress' will help to:
The participation of GBIF country nodes from the Asia Pacific Region is expected to motivate participants from regional member countries to become part of this global biodiversity information network and to contribute to the publishing of biodiversity data from the region. The training will also provide participants with hands-on experience in publishing their own data using the GBIF’s Integrated Publishing Toolkit. The use and applicability of data made globally accessible will be made clear to participants through interactions with GBIF, GMBA, and ICIMOD professionals.