Workshops in Trinidad kick off regional activities for BID Caribbean

Attendees seek to build partnerships and capacity for mobilizing the region’s biodiversity data

Great egret (Ardea alba) among scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber), Caroni Swamp National Park, Trinidad

Great egret (Ardea alba) among a gathering of scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber), Caroni Swamp National Park, Trinidad, from iNaturalist Research-grade Observations. Photo 2016 by Sarah Wyatt, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

On 22-23 June, staff from the GBIF network join Caribbean partners and representatives from the new projects funded by the Biodiversity Information for Development programme as they take part in a two-day engagement workshop at the University of West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago.

The gathering runs in parallel with the four-day training aiming to equip BID Caribbean project teams with the essential skills needed to mobilize biodiversity data for open access through GBIF and other platforms. The Twitter hashtag #GBIFBID allows those interested to follow events remotely.

The meeting agenda covers topics including:

  • Needs and options for organizing biodiversity information in the Caribbean

  • Building on existing networks, including BIOPAMA and GBIF Latin America

  • Regional options for online data access and portal development

  • Building a roadmap for improved biodiversity information in the Caribbean

Attendees also expect to view presentations on the eight projects recently funded through the BID Caribbean:

Small grants

National grants

Regional grant

This programme is funded by the European Union.