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Building the Global Biodiversity Information Commons for Climate Change Adaptation

December 10th, 2009

On Tuesday, 8 December at COP 15, Global Biodiversity Information Facility and Bioversity International convened an official side event “Building the Global Biodiversity Information Commons for Climate Change Adaptation”. The event highlighted the importance of biodiversity and international cooperation in informatics and science within the context of climate change adaptation, agriculture and food security. The event was attended by more than 100 people.

Opening presentations were made by Dr Nick King, Executive Secretary of GBIF on Building the global biodiversity information commons for climate change adaptation (.ppt – 11MB) and by Dr Toby Hodgkin, Director of Global Partnerships Programme at Bioversity on Using Global Information to Strengthen Food Security in an Era of Climate Change (.ppt – 10 MB).

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Sybille van den Hove. Taking part in the panel discussion were: Neville Ash (Programme Manager, Ecosystem Services, IUCN), Joji Coreño (Tebtebba), Tim Cristopheren (Environment Officer, CBD), Toby Hodgkin (Director of Global Partnerships Programme and Coordinator of the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, Bioversity International) and Nick King (Executive Secretary, GBIF).

The interest from the audience was high and many had questions. We also heard a powerful intervention from the floor by Cary Fowler, Executive Director of The Global Crop Diversity Trust, on the need to strengthen consideration of agriculture and genetic resources in UNFCCC adapation discussions. More information will be made available shortly.

Photos from the event can be found at