The Governing Board is the means by which GBIF Participants make collective decisions. Currently meeting once a year, it consists of one representative from each Participant country and organization.
Only representatives from Voting Participant Countries (those countries making a financial contribution to GBIF's central fund) have the right to vote on the Governing Board. Representatives from Associate Participants, both countries and organizations, are encouraged to attend the Governing Board and take part in its discussions, but may not vote. Further explanation of the different categories of GBIF membership can be found here.
The Governing Board has established Rules of Procedure, further elaborating on the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the structure of the board, meetings, requirements for participation and the establishment of subsidiary bodies.
For a full list of delegates to the Governing Board, see the Directory of contacts.
Countries or organisations or other international bodies that have not signed the MOU, but are interested in sharing biodiversity data and follow the activities of GBIF, may be recognized by the GBIF Governing Board as observers, as well as former Participant Countries deciding to be observers.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is invited to designate a non-voting representative to the Governing Board.
The Executive Committee operates on behalf of the Governing Board when the Board is not in session and within the areas of responsibility delegated to it by the Governing Board. Among its functions are monitoring of the performance of the Secretariat in carrying out the decisions taken by the Governing Board including implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Work Programme, and management of the budget.
More information can be found in the Executive Committee's Terms of Reference.
List of current members of the GBIF Executive Committee:
South Africatanyaa@mweb.co.zaTel: +27 (0) 82 320 6550
Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
The Directorate, Office for Project Coordination, International Cooperation and Science Policy
Germanychristoph.email@example.comTel: +49 30 209 38479Fax: +49 30 2093 8561
Canadian Museum of Nature
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Canadamgraham@mus-nature.caTel: +1 613 566 4743Fax: 1-613-364-4027
University of Kansas
Dyche Hall, Room 602B
1345 Jayhawk Blvd
United Stateskrishtalka@ku.eduTel: +1 785-864-4540Fax: +1 785 864 5335
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Netherlandspeter.firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +31 71 751 7363Fax: +31 71 751 7367
Thomas M. Orrell
PO Box 37012
National Museum of Natural History, MRC-136
Washington, DC 20013-7012
United Statesorrellt@si.eduTel: +1 202 633-2151Fax: +1 202 357-4122
Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Belgian Science Policy
Avenue Louise 231
Belgiuma.email@example.comTel: +32(0)2 238 3796
Global Biodiversity Information Facility