SECOSUD II project has organised a series of training courses on the creation and management of Primary Biodiversity Databases:
- Basic training course, in two rounds from 21 to 29 of July and from 20 to 28 of October 2016;
- Advanced training course, from 22 of November to 1 of December 2016.
The training activities were aimed at technicians and students interested in discovering and learning tools and methodologies for creating and managing biodiversity databases. Digital and free access to primary biodiversity data is a key resource for scientific research and environmental management. New generation tools allow to manage and publish georeferenced data that can be analysed directly in the cloud. The courses focused on the use of will be used free, open source and user-friendly tools.
The courses were administered by Dr. Luca Malatesta, SECOSUD II Scientific Coordinator, and Dr. Stefano De Felici from University of Rome 2 – Tor Vergata, and attended by more than 30 participants from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Natural History Museum of Maputo, Mozambican Agrarian Research Institute (IIAM), BioFund, Terra Viva Center (CTV), The Center for Biotechnologies of Eduardo Mondlane University (CB UEM) and MITADER. The advanced training course concluded with a visit to the Natural History Museum of Maputo (MHN), during which the MHN research staff showed the museum collection to the participants, who discusses together about the required steps, the challenges and opportunity related to the digitisation of this valuable data sources.
The courses were conceived to train technicians who can operate in the Biodiversity Network of Mozambique (BioNoMo), that the SECOSUD II project is creating in Mozambique as one of its components, aimed to promote the sharing of primary biodiversity data provided by academies, research centres, conservation areas and museums in order to assist scientific research and elaboration of conservation strategies, consistently with the Guidelines of the Convention on Biological Diversity.