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Launching of Indian Bio-Resources Information Network (IBIN) portal:One Window for Biodiversity in India

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS)

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17 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, New Delhi has been promoting the development of a national level database on vegetation cover, biological resources, and biological diversity of the country. As a first step towards this, we have compiled three sets of databases: 1. Biodiversity Characterization at Landscape Level in India Database – a database covering entire India has been prepared during past 12 years. It comprises spatial database on vegetation/land use types, landscape fragmentation, disturbance regimes, species richness, biodiversity value, and biological (plant) richness. 2. Jeeva Sampada – a database on plants, animals, marine and microbial resources of the country. This data was compiled by over 400 scientists from about 200 organizations. 3. Jeeva Manachitra – a spatial database on the vegetation, forest cover, and other landscape elements of the entire country, based on satellite images and ground inventory done over the last two decades. This data also highlights the conservation value of the species. The three data sets are the largest data sets ever created on the country’s biological resources and the biodiversity. It was realized there are a large number of more diverse data sets available in India, which could be brought together along with these core data sets. In this context, DBT had requested for development of a national level portal that can network diverse data sets of the country such that: a) The country shall have one window for the entire range of databases on bio-resources and the biodiversity, b) Each of the data provider offers and gains from the sharing and, c) The end-user can retrieve a range of information through one portal.