THE WORLD BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION NETWORK

Project Description
Currently the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components is a priority, given the environmental crisis of the planet in recent decades. Knowledge of biodiversity becomes urgent in view of the rapid process of the loss of ecosystems, species and genes, as well as a broad spectrum of environmental services and products derived from plants and animals pending discovery or study.

In this sense, biological collections are one of the main sources of information on biological diversity. The large quantity of information they represent and the fact that they are dynamic require, for their consultation and updating, the use of specialized computer tools. Gathering these collections in an information network allows not only for the connection of the main databanks, the updating of information and direct contact with specialists, but also access, exchange and consultation of data open to the public in general throughout the world.

The World Biodiversity Information Network (REMIB) is a computerized system of biological information (it includes databases of a curatorial, taxonomic, ecological, cartographic, bibliographic, ethno-biological type, use of catalogues on natural resources and other subject matters), based on an academic inter-institutional decentralized and international organization, formed by research and higher education centers, both public and private, that possess both scientific biological collections and data banks.

PURPOSES

1)Promote the exchange of biotic information through an international network of databases, and to analyze and agree to joint policies on intellectual property, quality control and the forms for distributing the data.
2)Increase and improve accessibility and quality of this information, maintaining it up to date.
3)Offer basic knowledge of biodiversity to the public in general, under the rules and procedures established herein.

Information provided by http://www.conabio.gob.mx/remib_ingles/doctos/acerca_remib_ing.html