Species checklists are a key component for all biodiversity information systems, as they are needed for exchanging and integrating biodiversity information for many activities, scientific and otherwise. Within these checklists, there must be validated nomenclatural data organized according to coherent taxonomic standards. A problem lies herein that the vast majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries lack documentation in their native language to compile local or national species checklists. As a result, we currently have fragmented information without common standards, which makes it hard to compile regional lists, limiting research and conservation actions within the region.
This project will build on the experiences from the GBIF nodes of Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil, with the associations CyTeD and Andino NET, to conduct a regional project defining consensus procedures for the development of national species checklists. A focus will be placed on achieving compatibility of databases with existing ones. Aiming a for a broad coverage of users, outcomes will be published in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Through a programme to “train the trainers”, knowledge gained from capacity dissemination events can be replicated to national and specific contexts. Additionally, a pilot checklist dataset per country will be published in the GBIF data network.