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Deliverable 7.4 (D7.4) Strategies and business plan for regional and global biodiversity information infrastructures

Despot-Belmonte, Katherine; Bingham, Heather; Doudin, Michel; Weatherdon, Lauren; Regan, Eugenie; Lewis, Edward; Scrimgeour, Rachael; Bubb, Philip; Pan, Xingliang; Martin, Corinne; Wetzel, Florian; Hoffmann, Anke; Häuser, Christoph; Penner, Johannes; Vohland, Katrin; Geijzendorffer, Ilse; Schmeller, Dirk; Agosti, Donat; Arvanitidis, Christos; Thalmann, Alexander; Underwood, Evelyn; Tucker, Graham; Grace, Miriam; Rose, David; Penev, Lyubomir; Jacobsen, Kim

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The EU BON project aims to Build the European Biodiversity Observation Network, and is the European contribution to the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). This present deliverable, entitled “Strategies and business plan for regional and global biodiversity information infrastructures” (D7.4) fits under EU BON Work Package (WP) 7 “Implementation of GEO BON: strategies and solutions at European and global levels”, and provides an overview of the outputs resulting from two WP7 Tasks. The objectives of this deliverable were to develop (1) a strategy for a global GEO BON infrastructure with optimised functionality in terms of efficiency and operability (as part of Task 7.4), and (2) a business plan for sustaining the European Biodiversity Observation Network after the funded phase (as part of Task 7.5).

Building on the outputs from other EU BON work packages and extensive consultation (including externally to the project consortium), these objectives have been met. The global and European-level map of the biodiversity informatics landscape (Task 7.4) has led to a better understanding of the landscape’s current structure and functioning. This will enable key players to establish or strengthen collaborations, avoid effort duplication, and facilitate access to the biodiversity data, information and knowledge required to support effective decision-making. The business plan for the European Biodiversity Observation Network (Task 7.5) summarises what the network has to offer, to identified end-users (from policy, science/research, and citizen-science), in terms of products, tools and services, including those that can potentially generate income. A possible organisational structure, potential sources of funding, along with entry points for the network in other projects and initiatives (established or upcoming), are also presented.


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