Development of a Threatened Species Portal in the Asia-Pacific Region
Biodiversity, ecological, climatological, and environmental data, as well as valid models (e.g., Ecological Niche Modeling) are required to develop indicators that are more effective in assessing the drivers and states of biodiversity (GEO BON 2010). In particular, biodiversity data provide indispensible information for conservation plans. However, a critical problem is that most existing data are inaccessible or unavailable because they are either scattered among many databases or are unpublished (Meier and Dikow 2004; Guralnick et al. 2007). The promotion of open access to biodiversity data and making these data reusable for conservation strategies is one of the main goals of GEO BON.
KeywordsOccurrence Data Biodiversity Data Scalable Vector Graphic Species Information Global Biodiversity Information Facility
We thank Noriaki Sakaguchi of the Ministry of Environment for his valuable efforts in establishing ESABII. We also appreciate the feedback provided by Nozomu Utsuki and Toshihide Kato of the University of Tokyo. This study was supported by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund of the Ministry of Environment (D-1008).
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