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| Last Updated:: 20/05/2016

Global Species Databases

 

Other than this, following global databases maintain information like geographic distribution, habitat ecology and conservation status of threatened species:

 

 
 

OBIS-SEAMAP

 

Website: http://seamap.env.duke.edu/

OBIS-SEAMAP, Ocean Biogeographic Information System Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, is a spatially referenced online database, aggregating marine mammal, seabird, sea turtle and ray & shark observation data from across the globe.

 

 

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

Website: http://www.iobis.org

OBIS is an evolving strategic alliance of people and organizations sharing a vision to make marine biogeographic data, from all over the world, freely available over the World Wide Web. OBIS is tailored towards global awareness of our oceans and global contribution to knowledge about our oceans. OBIS plans to make all tools on the website available for everyone to use: the database exclusively uses open source software, so all of the programming code is available to the public.

 

 

E-Bird

 

Website: http://ebird.org

 

A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

 

 

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora  

Website: http://www.cites.org/   

 

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

  

 

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

Website: http://www.cms.int/  

 

As an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range. As the only global convention specializing in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes, CMS complements and co-operates with a number of other international organizations, NGOs and partners in the media as well as in the corporate sector.

 

 

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Website: http://www.iucn.org/

 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest environmental organization founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization. Today the largest professional global conservation network. A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. More than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations

 

 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMS)

Website: http://www.unep-wcmc.org/

 

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC, a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP’s specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Centre for UNEP’s collaboration with WCMC. The Centre’s goal is to provide authoritative, relevant and timely information for countries, MEAs, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions. To help achieve this we aim to be an internationally recognized Centre of Excellence and the partner of choice for the expert synthesis, analysis and dissemination of knowledge about global biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 

 

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

Website: http://eol.org/

 

Encyclopedia of Life’s  mission is to increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an encyclopedia that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

 

 

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Website: http://www.gbif.org/

 

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet. By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research not possible before, and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet. GBIF operates through a network of nodes, coordinating the biodiversity information facilities of Participant countries and organizations, collaborating with each other and the Secretariat to share skills, experiences and technical capacity.

 

 

Census of Marine Life (CoML)

Website: http://www.coml.org/

 

Census of Marine Life is a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life—a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research.