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There are some initiatives devoted to the study and conservation of biodiversity that are relevant due to their importance and scope, or to their affinity to GBIF. Find some of them below:

 Animals: Fauna Ibérica - Iberian Fauna

Logo Fauna IbéricaDescription: Fauna Iberica aims to produce well-documented inventories of fauna and to carry out all types of scientific studies that will allow the acquisition of basic zoological information about animal biodiversity in the Iberian-Balearic region. The main objectives of the Fauna iberica Project is to increase the systematic study of animals by analysing the species distribution in order to estimate the areas that need greater protection.
Domain: Iberian and balearic metazoo.
Main Researcher: M. Angeles Ramos.
Coordination Centre : Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC).
Starting date : 1987.

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 Vascular Plants: Flora Ibérica - Iberian Vascular Flora

Logo Flora IbéricaDescription: Flora Iberica aims to produce a modern multi-volume flora and an on-line botanical information system: available information comprises taxonomic names, synonyms and vernacular names, descriptions, observations, iconography, habitat, flowering and geographic distribution of vascular plants.
Domain: Iberian and balearic metazoo.
Main Researcher: Santiago Castroviejo Bolibar.
Coordination Centre : Real Jardín Botánico (CSIC).
Starting date : 1982.

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  Fungi: Flora Micológica Ibérica - Iberian Fungi

Portada Flora Micológica IbéricaDescription: Flora Micológica Ibérica provides the user with identification keys, descriptions and original iconography. It is based on fungus specimens from the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands.
Domain: Spontaneous fruitful fungi in the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands, excluding human and other mammals parasites.
Main Researcher: Mª Teresa Tellería Jorge.
Coordination Centre : Real Jardín Botánico (CSIC).
Starting date : 1987.

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 Bryophytes: Flora Briofítica Ibérica - Iberian Bryophytes

Flora Briofítica Ibérica Description: Flora Briofítica Ibérica is an active project to research iberian-balearic briophytes, whose results have been exposed in some already published volumes. It includes identification keys, detailed descriptions, original iconography, and ecological and corological information of the taxa included in each volume.
Domain: Iberian and Balearic bryophytes.
Main Researchers: Juan Guerra Montes y Rosa M. Cros.
Coordination Centre : Universidad de Murcia, Dpto. Biología Vegetal.
Starting date : 1997

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 Algae: Flora Phycologica Ibérica - Iberian Seaweeds

Description: Flora Phycologica Ibérica is a long-term project, involving several algae researchers from different Spanish Universities. The study is carried out based on algae specimens collected in iberian and balearic coastline. Matherial from iberian institutional and private herbaria.
Domain: Marine and continental Spanish algae.
Starting date : 1997..

See also: Sociedad Española de Ficología:
 Lichens - Flora Liquenológica Ibérica - Iberian Lichens

Description: Flora Liquenológica Ibérica is aimed to facilitate the identification of Lichens included in the Iberian Penninsula and Balearic Islands catalog, including a critic work to avoir posible errors.
Domain: Iberian and balearic lichens.
Starting date : 1997.

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 European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT)

Logo EDITThe European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy, EDIT, is an initiative included in the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union. The aim is to create a European Network of Excellence in taxonomy for biodiversity and ecosystem research. 27 leading European, North American and Russian institutions participate in the network. This project started on the 1st of March 2006 and will last 5 years.

The project objectives are to help to reduce the fragmentation in European taxonomic research and expertise and to coordinate the European contribution to the global taxonomic effort, in particular the Global Taxonomy Initiative, through an integrated initiative aimed at improving society’s capacity for biodiversity conservation.

 ALTERNet - A Long Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Alternet logoALTERNet is an excellence network included in the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union, planned for a five years term. Its main aim is to integrate capacity across Europe to assess and forecast changes in biodiversity, structure, functions and dynamics of ecosystems and their services.

Several initiatives are in motion to achieve this objective:

  • The creation of a network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research-Sites (LTER).
  • Besides, the creation of an associated network of Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research Sites (LTSER) which could be used to determine the socio-economic implications of, and public attitudes to, biodiversity loss.
  • The launching in 2005 of the International Press Centre for Biodiversity Research (IPCB), a regularly updated online source of news and press releases about international biodiversity research, serving journalists and other users.
  • The development of a training programme, leaded by AlterNet Summer Schools: aimed at equipping young researchers with the knowledge and skills to undertake integrated biodiversity research at a European level.
 Marbef - Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning Network of Excellence

Marbef logoMARBEF is an excellence network funded by the European Union. It consists of 83 European marine institutes and it is a platform to integrate and disseminate knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public.

Its main goal is the development of common strategies to facilitate the collaboration and the access to the research resources about the marine environment. This also includes the management and integrated operation of the data produced in the diverse related projects.

Among the information available through Marbef, these ones are specially attractive:

Species2000 Europa (EuroCat)

Logo Species 2000The EuroCat/Species 2000 europa system will provide common access to a growing catalogue of organisms embracing all species in the three European taxonomic databases, plus those in a large array of taxon databases. It will eventually be possible to locate all species in the world and data connected to them through this single point of enquiry, using either scientific or common names. This will permit the user to locate species of all groups, and to compare different catalogues, classifications or sources. Professionals and citizens will use it both as a resource to locate species and as a gateway to access abundant data for a specified organism from a vast array of sources.

 Biodiversity Collection Service for Europe (BioCASE)

Logo BiocaseThe Biodiversity Collection Access Service for Europe (BioCASE) is a collaboration network created under the 5º Framework Program. BioCASE develops procedures, standards, methods and schemes for the management of interoperable data base networks. It also offers an on-line information service on biological collections in Europe.

 Fauna Europaea

Logo Fauna Europaea
Fauna Europaea will assemble a database of the scientific names and distribution of all living multicellular European land and fresh-water animals. Experts in taxonomy will provide data of all currently known species in Europe. Together these data will form a united database, accessible to everyone.

Euro+Med project - The Information Resource for Euro-Mediterranean Plants

Logo Euro+MedThe Euro+Med project is developing a state-of-the-art information system for European and Mediterranean vascular plants, based on an agreed taxonomic framework. This will provide a key focal point from which users of biodiversity information will be able to access a broad range of internet data resources related to plant taxonomy, biology, distribution and conservation. A major output from the project will be a synonymic catalogue of European plants, which will provide a wide range of EU users (conservationists, planners, policy makers etc) with an unambiguous source of botanical information with which to address the ECs biodiversity commitments. The projects has been upgraded with recent floristic information and merged with other Euro-Mediterranean data sets.

European Register of Marine Species (ERMS)

Logo ERMSThe European Register of Marine Species aims to create a register of marine species in Europe, linked with bibliography of identification guides, register of taxonomic experts and locations of collections of reference specimens, and information on European marine biodiversity. The species register is novel in its geographic extent, range of taxa covered, and use of state-of-the-art World Wide Web software for publication and networking. It is anticipated that the register will become a standard reference (and technological tool) for marine biodiversity training, research and management in Europe.

 Convention on Biological Diversity - CBD

Banner CBDThe Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the first global agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. This convention was proposed in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1992. Since then more than 187 countries have ratified the agreement.

The Convention has three main goals:

  1. The conservation of biodiversity,  
  2. Sustainable use of the components of biodiversity, and  
  3. Sharing the benefits arising from the commercial and other utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the main governing body of the convention, and it is composed of representatives of all the participants, and other organizations, such as NGOs. Nowadays, its ordinary meetings are hold every two years. The latest meeting was held in Curitiba (Brazil), in March 2006.

GBIF and the CBD signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in July 2003 given the complementary nature of both initiatives. The goals aimed include facilitating the development and implementation of approaches, technologies and best practices that will be necessary to access, share and disseminate biodiversity data via the Internet.

 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)

Logos TDWGThe mission if this initiative is to provide a forum for biological data projects, to develop and promote the use of standards and interoperability and to avoid the duplicity of efforts. There are different subgroups devoted to produce or recommend standards for digitization of natural history collections data, spatial data, descriptive data, etc.

This group was known as "Taxonomic Databases Working Group" till 2006: that is the reason of its abbreviated name TDWG.

All the information related to the TDWG is available in their web site: It is especially interesting to review the 'standards' section.

 Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Logo ITISThe Integrated Taxonomic Information System - ITIS was born as a project of the US Government to create an easily accessible database with reliable information on species names and their hierarchical classification. Even if most of the information provided by ITIS refers to North America (Canada, USA and Mexico), the check-lists provided for many biological groups have a global coverage.

Tree of Life Project (ToL)

Proyecto Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life Project (ToL) is a collaborative web project, produced by biologists from around the world. On more than 2600 World Wide Web pages, the Tree of Life provides information about the diversity of organisms, their history and characteristics. Each page contains information about one group of organisms. Individual Tree of Life pages are linked one to each other in the form of the evolutionary tree that connects all organisms.


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