AFRICA RISING: MOBILISING BIODIVERSITY DATA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
19-22 May 2015 | Cape Town, South Africa
The conference, Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development, took place at the Old Mutual Conference Centre in Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden, Cape Town, from 19 to 22 May 2015. It was organised by SANBI in partnership with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Programme (RESILIM), with financial support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and European Union (EU). It sought to achieve the following objectives:
- Increase regional understanding of the biodiversity data-science-policy value chain and identify the opportunities and solutions that it presents for sustainable development in Africa;
- Draw attention to relevant tools, resources and learning networks for building effective biodiversity information systems in Africa; and
- Articulate a ‘Plan of Action’ for mobilising and mainstreaming Africa’s policy-relevant biodiversity data, and forge international partnerships to implement it.
Approximately 100 delegates attended the conference representing research institutions, international organisations, and donor agencies. A total of 21 African countries were represented: Angola, Benin, Botswana, DRC, Guinea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Caption: Africa Rising delegates at the opening ceremony on 19 May 2015 (credit: Gavin Withers)
The official conference report can be downloaded from here.
Photographs of the event can be found here.
The conference programme can be downloaded from here.
A list of participants can be downloaded from here.
The draft Plan of Action for Mainstreaming and Mobilising Africa’s Biodiversity Data can be downloaded from here.
Presentations are listed in chronological order as follows.
DAY 1: ‘DEMANDS & APPLICATIONS’
Participants considered the potential contribution that biodiversity data can make to Africa’s sustainable development, specifically the ways in which biodiversity data can be applied to enhance decision-making.
1.1 Opening ceremony and welcome address
1.2 Goodwill message from CBD Executive Secretary
1.3 Statement of Hon. Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
1.4 Group Photograph
1.5 Where are we now?
Africa’s ecological futures and flashpoints
The state of biodiversity information in Africa
1.7 What is our plan?
GBIF Africa Work Plan
Global Biodiversity Information Outlook
1.8 Mobilising data for research & policy
1.9 What is biodiversity information for?
Impact analysis for improved biodiversity management
DAY 2: ‘LESSONS LEARNT’
Participants reviewed and reflected on experiences and distilled a set of lessons from various relevant initiatives. This was followed by a field trip.
2.1. Barriers and solutions to data mobilisation
Findings of BIOPAMA
Findings of UNEP-WCMC
Findings of the regional JRS project
Findings of the National Scientific Research Centre (CNIC)
Findings of Sud Expert Plantes
2.3 How do we build effective information networks?
DAY 3; ‘HELP AT HAND’
Through a series of presentations and an information fair, participants examined a suit of relevant tools, products, services, learning networks and funding opportunities. So too, they began compiling a joint ‘Declaration on Biodiversity Information for Sustainable Development in Africa’ as well as a regional ‘Plan of Action for Mobilising & Mainstreaming Africa’s Biodiversity Data’.
3.2. Where can you get help?
BON in a Box
UNEP-WCMC tools and resources
GBIF tools & resources
Toolkit for determining policy-relevant biodiversity data
Biodiversity informatics curricula
Biodiversity Heritage Library
3.3. How do we leverage resources?
Biodiversity Information for Development (BID)
Sud Expert Plantes développement durable
BIOPAMA as a resource
Day 4: ‘A WAY FORWARD’
Participants refined and finalised the Declaration and Plan of Action before celebrating the UN International Day for Biological Diversity by presenting indigenous trees to a local school.
4.1 Declaration on Biodiversity Information for Sustainable Development in Africa
SANBI would like to thank all involved in the organisation and execution of this conference.