Biodiversity Information Management Forum

The national platform is dedicated to discussing biodiversity information management issues.

The BIMF brings together key role-players in biodiversity information management to ensure initiatives are aligned, co-ordinated and relevant in a rapidly changing world.

The two to three day annual forum offers opportunities for strategic thinking, innovation, knowledge sharing, training and networking.

Aimed at:

The BIMF is primarily aimed at people who are involved in mobilising, managing, serving and using biodiversity information. Participants are usually from local, provincial or national government departments, universities, research institutions, museums, conservation bodies and NGOs.

While the primary focus is on South African issues, the forum has been enriched by delegations from African and other countries that have shared their knowledge and expertise and brought an international perspective.

Reason for forum:

The Forum was established in 2007 to:

  • Coordinate biodiversity information management initiatives amongst partner organizations.
  • Establish and promote common standards and practices.
  • Promote the free flow of data.
  • Provide a platform for knowledge sharing.
  • Build relevant capacity.


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