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The Dasgupta assessment team should consider a similarly consultative approach as it starts to plan its work. For many, an economic assessment, especially one led by Britain, will bring back uncomfortable memories of the age when scientists from developed countries came to nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America and took home biological samples for research and commercialization without permission — something the Convention on Biological Diversity now prohibits.
But at the same time, an economic assessment must take into account the perspectives of the humanities, of developing countries and of members of indigenous communities. Getting the process right matters. Too often, big policy reviews focus on the final report.
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On March 28, , the Ghana Team was awarded first place for publishing an impressive 23, biodiversity data records to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility GBIF a wide variety of policy-relevant datasets for developing agro-ecological policies and conservation in Ghana.
The award ceremony was the culmination of over a year of hard work as part of the African Biodiversity Challenge by the four teams, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, and Rwanda, who collectively published 47, biodiversity data. The second place was awarded to Team Malawi with 12, published records comprising of over 8, digitized specimens from the Museums of Malawi, as well as data from vegetation survey reports, local journals and environmental impact assessments published by the National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens, and Wildlife and Environment Society of Malawi.
A bronze award was given to both the Rwanda Team and Namibia Team. The Rwanda team mobilized 2, freshwater biodiversity plants and invertebrate data through the ARBIMs portal of the Albertine Rift Conservation Society to be incorporated into the freshwater biodiversity information system being planned by the Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda through a JRS planning grant.
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With the momentum from the ABC project, SANBI hopes that a community of practice for biodiversity informatics across the continent can better cooperate and produce best practice guidelines for monitoring biodiversity for the future of sustainable development. The goal is to support sustainable development on a continent in the midst of profound socio-economic change.
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