GBIF.ES is pleased to announce that Francisco Pando --manager of the Spanish GBIF Node-- was elected Chair of the GBIF Nodes Committee during the 15th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board that took place in November 2008 in Arusha, Tanzania.
About his new position Pando has said: "Now when it is the time to demonstrate that GBIF is fully operational, the challenges ahead of GBIF nodes, and the need to support them, are larger than ever. Critical mass, wide use of GBIF, more active participation and better networking, more tools for users and data providers, and more capacity to use them; these and more are required and so mentioned in the GBIF plans. Getting there means success for GBIF and ‐‐as cannot be otherwise—for NODES. I would be more than glad to help in this"