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Capacity building for Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Progress Report 2011: Indo- Norwegian pilot project on capacity building in biodiversity informatics for enhanced decision making, improved nature conse

This report describes the activities and achievements in 2011 of the Indo- Norwegian pilot project on capacity building in biodiversity informatics for enhanced decision making, improved conservation and sustainable development in India.
The pilot project is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign affairs, the Norwegian Environmental Ministry and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management. The pilot project is also highly welcomed and explicitly supported by the Government of India.
The main objective of the pilot project is to build capacity to enable free sharing, access and dissemination of biodiversity and ecosystem data in India to be used in policy and knowledge-based decision-making. This also includes a mapping of relevant biodiversity data originating from India and held in the Norwegian natural museum`s collections.