Information on biodiversity can be in the form of observations of species – their habitats, their genetic makeup and distribution, and the means by which they have been collected or photographed. Biodiversity managers and decision makers who promote conservation of biodiversity resources need information on the state of such species, threats to their existence, the state of their preferred environments and how these can best be conserved.
The use of biodiversity information as scientific basis for conservation planning and management is underscored in Target 19 of CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Thus, its collection and generation should be improved, widely shared and transferred, and appropriately used to achieve desired goals.
In the ASEAN region, Biodiversity Information Management (BIM) is the means by which ASEAN Member States could systematically integrate biodiversity concerns in all conservation planning; and management, policy development and decision making processes. Specifically, biodiversity information management is having data contributed by a community of partners, who are equipped with the necessary skills that enable the use of a common structure (interoperable) and collaboratively develop knowledge products that inform responsible biodiversity conservation.
The results of efficient biodiversity information management can be demonstrated in
(a) accurate regional analyses;
(b) informed policy development;
(c) adequate and robust data for research support; and
(d) having available information for science-based governance and local area management support.
Arvin C. Diesmos
Director of Biodiversity Information Management