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16.0: Selected Sources of Information

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  • Searchable databases provide a convenient way to find information on species, places, and topics. With the help of citizen scientists, these databases are rapidly expanding. Below are a few online databases that are free to use. Many also allow users to contribute their own data.

    Biodiversity A-Z

     

    http://www.biodiversitya-z.org

     

    A thesaurus for biodiversity terminology.

    Conservation Training

     

    https://www.conservationtraining.org

     

    Free conservation-based training materials, provided by TNC.

    Copenhagen databases of African vertebrates

     

    https://macroecology.ku.dk/resources/african-vertebrates

     

    Distribution maps for Africa’s mammals, birds, snakes, and amphibians.

    eBird

     

    http://ebird.org

     

    Citizen science platform for the global birding community.

    Encyclopaedia of Life

     

    http://www.eol.org

     

    Developing resource documenting the biology of all species known to science.

    Evidensia

     

    https://www.evidensia.eco

     

    Comprehensive information on sustainability standards.

    Global Biodiversity Information Facility

     

    http://www.gbif.org

     

    Free and open access to biodiversity data.

    Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS)

     

    http://www.griis.org

     

    Information about invasive species.

    iNaturalist

     

    http://www.inaturalist.org

     

    A citizen science project that collects distribution data on all species.

    Learning for Nature

     

    https://learningfornature.org

     

    e-Learning resource by the UNDP.

    Mongabay

     

    https://news.mongabay.com

     

    A leading environmental news source.

    Movebank

     

    https://www.movebank.org

     

    A free online database for animal tracking data

    Protected Planet

     

    https://www.protectedplanet.net

     

    Comprehensive global spatial dataset on protected areas.

    PADD tracker

     

    http://www.padddtracker.org

     

    Monitors protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement.

    Species+

     

    https://www.speciesplus.net

     

    Provides information on species covered by multilateral environmental agreements.

    Vital Signs

     

    http://vitalsigns.org

     

    Collects and integrates data on agriculture, ecosystems, and human well-being.

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