Using National Data Platforms For Better Global Policies In Biodiversity Conservation: Embracing Information Technology In Africa
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The existence of data platforms, the depth and breadth of actual data and information found at national biodiversity conservation websites of four countries (Ghana, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa) is examined. Additional data were gathered from the Global Footprint Network (GFN), ASAHI Glass Foundation and International Conservation Organizations (ICOs) operating in these countries. Using both inductive and deductive data analysis, existence of various forms of online data gathering and storage tools are examined. The CBD has a well-developed CHM with detailed data and information that provides global services to facilitate implementation of biodiversity protection plans. Government and ICOs data platforms are not well developed and do not contain adequate information to facilitate effective policy formulation. This study contributes towards improving national data collection capacities as well as pointing out the need for more development of IT infrastructure to facilitate expanded stakeholder participation, improved data quality and measurement. Lessons from well-established data networks are shared so countries under study can identify issues that stand in the way of effective local data generation and biodiversity protection.