Training adequate manpower for biodiversity data mobilization and conservation is essential for assembling and pooling all the available biodiversity data generated by individual researchers and organizations. Liberia has yet to see sufficient effort to build local capacity in this area, leading to the absence of the country’s biodiversity data on important biodiversity platforms such as GBIF.org.
This project seeks to build capacity of local data collectors, academic institutions, government agencies and other stakeholders to mobilize, process and conserve Liberia’s biodiversity data in standard data sharing formats (DarwinCore) to be published and accessed by national and international data users. Development of such information resources will have important implications for the management and conservation of biodiversity in Liberia and across the West African region.
Coordinated by University of Liberia, in collaboration with the Liberian Forestry Development Authority (Liberia), Fauna and Flora International (Liberia) and the University of Kansas (USA), the project will enhance national capacity for biodiversity data mobilization, processing, management and publishing through multi-stakeholder training workshops for data managers and users in Liberia. Combined efforts will result in mobilization of high-quality occurrence and distribution data for species in Liberia, as well as comprehensive checklists of key fauna and flora species of global conservation concern occurring in the country.