The Belgian Biodiversity Platform promotes open access of data and use of tools and bioinformatics standards in line with the Belgian Biodiversity Platform responsibilities as Belgian national node to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The Belgian Biodiversity Platform supports Belgian research teams in the publication and re-use of basic biodiversity data through customised web portals and offers support to researchers in developing, linking and, eventually, hosting databases.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform serves as an interface between Belgian researchers and international science policy organisations. Our active presence at international fora improves the visibility and engagement of Belgian scientists in global initiatives. We are involved in a variety of organisations and projects at the national, European and international levels. As such, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform acts as a catalyst for the integration of research into biodiversity science policy.
Promoter of interdisciplinary cooperation, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform organises events on topical issues in biodiversity research to encourage communication and discussion between scientists, policy makers and stakeholders. Our organisation provides services of networking, training and capacity building to Belgian and international experts through a variety of tools such as conferences, trainings, workshops and e-consultations. Each of these activities allows participants to generate, assess and use knowledge on biodiversity.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform acts as a central catalyst to the development and support of new biodiversity research initiatives in Belgium. Through our contacts with scientists, policy makers and stakeholders, we frequently organise consultations, expert meetings and horizon scanning exercises to identify strategic developments of existing activities as well as new issues related to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and its components.