Cameroon is an African country rich in biodiversity, and the Cameroonian government are putting in efforts to maintain this and reduce the on-going loss and degradation of species and ecosystems. Yet, such efforts are hindered by the low accessibility of the existing biodiversity-related information. This project aims at improving access to and use of accurate biodiversity information in conservation and development planning, and to strengthen the Cameroonian contribution to GBIF.
Three major institutional actors (IUCN, Green Connexion and the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development) are joining forces to work with other governmental institutions, scientists, and civil society organizations to increase national capacity for biodiversity information management in Cameroon and establish national biodiversity information facilities, including a national information management infrastructure and committee in Cameroon.
The project’s immediate results will ensure that data on species in Cameroon is made freely accessible via GBIF.org, and via national channels for local stakeholders. Contributing to increased accessibility of data on species in Africa, the project will lead to an improved status of the sustainable development goals in Cameroon.