Target: Marco Antonio Raupp
Goal: Thank Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation for providing free data online about Brazil’s past and present biodiversity.
Brazil joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the largest global initiative providing free access to biological information on a free online platform. Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp, signed the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding in January this year. Now, information about the country’s biodiversity is globally available. Applaud Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation for providing free information about the complex biological systems in Brazil that will help individuals and governments across the globe make more educated, thoughtful decisions to benefit and sustain biodiversity.
The information researchers in Brazil have to offer to the facility is “extraordinary,” according to the network’s governing board. Brazil is home to six terrestrial biomes and various oceanic systems, which hold about 15 percent of Earth’s biodiversity. The amount of information this country has to contribute to GBIF is inimitable because of the vastness of the Amazon, Caatinga, Cerrado, Pampa, Atlantic, and Pantanal forests. New species of plants and animals are discovered regularly and connections between systems – how they work together, how they are affected by destruction caused by industrial growth, and how they can be supported – are researched actively. In addition, oceans along Brazil’s coasts hold unknown answers to questions about biodiversity. Information about biodiversity in each of these interconnected systems will be useful for fostering a global understanding of the complexity of our world. More importantly, this data will help hold industries accountable for planning future projects related to human expansion and growth.
Brazil’s natural resource industry is responsible for tragedies like deforestation and pollution that are attributed to loss of habitat and species extinction. Research about past and present biodiversity will be included in the data that Brazil adds to the online network. We will have a first hand look at what damage we have already caused to irreplaceable species of plants and animals as well as a reminder of why we need to keep working hard to effectively manage industries to stop the destruction of millions of years of evolution.
The GBIF is a network of 58 countries and 46 organizations that provides almost 400 million records for free. In this age of information, this network is making headway in environmental education by encouraging the effective use of data to promote biodiversity. This network of freely available information about biodiversity will help educate people about what is being lost that can never be replaced and, ideally, will motivate people and governments to transform the unruly process of development, especially in areas like Brazil that are filled with biodiverse life systems and plant and animal species.
With hope that better management of historically destructive industries will come and more countries will join the network, support Brazil’s decision to share invaluable research and information to the world for free by joining the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
Dear Mr. Raupp,
Your decision to include Brazil in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility is admirable. The amount of research to come from Brazil about its biodiverse systems and species is unmatched by most other countries in the world.
This data will help individuals and governments hold industries accountable for destructive actions because they now have access to information about the biodiversity at stake. Thank you for educating the world and giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about the complex systems they effect.
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