Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)


The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an observer of the CSP. It is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared via the global platform and through national and thematic portals.

  • By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research not possible before, and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet.

  • GBIF operates through a network of nodes, coordinating the biodiversity information facilities of Participant countries and organizations, collaborating with each other and the Secretariat to share skills, experiences and technical capacity.

  • GBIF provides the data foundations for informing policy on biodiversity including support for Essential Biodiversity Variables, extinction risk assessments, strategies for targeting invasive alien species, protected area siting and management, conserving plant genetic resources for agriculture, among others.

GBIF contributes directly to Aichi Biodiversity Targets 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19 and 20.

  • Learn more about GBIF's contribution to the Aichi Targets HERE

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme