ACB Trains AHP Managers as Biodiversity Information Partners

To facilitate a more effective and efficient mobilization of information through the ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) and to hone the skills of AHP managers as effective partners in biodiversity information, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) national nodes of Taiwan and Norway, are conducting an “Orientation Workshop on Mobilizing Biodiversity Data from ASEAN Protected Areas,” on 4-8 July 2016 in Los Baños, Laguna.

This workshop implements the project entitled “Mobilizing Biodiversity Data from ASEAN Heritage Parks”, funded under GBIF’s Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA).

“Information is an important resource to make the right kind of decisions. Biodiversity information must be shared so that all sectors involved in conservation, especially our leaders, can come up science-based policies and decisions. AHP managers are primary biodiversity data sources. They must be equipped with knowledge and skills in encoding data in common and globally agreed formats,” said Atty. Roberto Oliva, ACB Executive Director.

“Having sufficient availability of biodiversity information mobilized from AHPs will provide for unhampered progress in conservation efforts being mobilized in the Region. The enhanced capacity, skills, and institutional support to regularly update information on the status of biodiversity will expedite the development and reform of biodiversity-related policies and call-for-actions, and subsequently reduce threats to the ASEAN Region’s rich biodiversity, said Dr. Sheila G. Vergara, Director of the Biodiversity Information Management  of ACB.

At current, biodiversity data collected from park surveys are documented through various means but may not always conform to globally agreed standards. A structured methodology that aligns survey methods with data curation and having curated data consistent with global standards would best serve the AHPs’ managers and staff needs to be well oriented in the relevance, use and application of – sourced data in common and interoperable formats.  As a result, data acquired from ASEAN Heritage Parks will be readily available for geographically relevant analysis, decision making and policy development and reform.