Khartoum, Mar. 11 (SUNA) The Supreme Council for Environment and Natural Resources has announced Monday, the launching of the biodiversity database in the Sudan.
In his address to the workshop under the title "Launching of the Biodiversity Database in Sudan," at the Holiday Villa Hotel Monday, Dr. Nour Eddin Ahmed Abdulla, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Environment and Natural Resources, pointed out to the need for the development of the databases that support the biodiversity issues in order to protect biodiversity and achieve sustainable development. "In the framework of the EU-funded Biodiversity Data Management Program through the IGAD Secretariat, we have developed a biodiversity database that includes all components of biodiversity," he said, noting that the Biodiversity Database provides a comprehensive data that includes the fields of crops, horticulture, forests, pastures, livestock and wildlife in nature and coastal reserves, and are linked to the application of geographical maps that reflect their distribution.
Nour Eddin said that the Sudan is among the first countries that have implemented the establishment of a database on biodiversity and was commended by donors and the project implementers.
"The workshop is very important as it means the biodiversity database which we are still looking at very much, even at the regional and sub-regional level, where there is no biodiversity database," he noted that the Biodiversity Database targets different types of users, researchers, students and decision-makers in order to facilitate the decision-making process where the targeted information can be easily accessed by browsing the site. "In order to sustain and update the database on a continuous basis, we have held two training workshops for technicians and IT staff from all different sectors where they were trained on how to enter the information. “A specific training program has been implemented based on the analysis of the training needs of the staff, partners and the stakeholders in different organizations and the capacity-building of the concerned staff. The aim of this training in the long term is to maintain the Biodiversity Data Management System, and its linkage with the regional database of the IGAD countries.
On his part, Dr. Al-Khatma Al-Awad Mohamed, the National Coordinator of the Convention on Biological Diversity of the Supreme Council for the Environment, revealed that the Sudan has become an example in the field of establishing biodiversity databases on the regional level, calling on the IGAD countries to use Sudanese expertise to transfer this experience. She noted that the relevant sectors were trained to oversee and follow up the database, she added that the next phase will witness the increase of awareness of the vocabulary and importance of biodiversity, particularly among the decision and policymakers.