About Wildlife Institute of India

About Wildlife Institute of IndiaEstablished in 1982, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity related issues.

The Institute's idyllic campus that has been carefully developed to create state of the art infrastructure encourages scholarly work.

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Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change opened  (MoEFCC) 21st meeting of the Governing Board of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 16th September, 2014.

 

In his welcome address Shri Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC & Head of the Indian Delegation said that he was pleased to note that delegates from over 30 countries and institutions had come for this meeting. He said that MoEFCC was committed to develop the science of biodiversity informatics and make best use of GBIF resources. In his inaugural address to the delegates, Shri Javadekar said “While India has emerged as a global powerhouse of information technology we have not yet made use of the   full potential of biodiversity informatics in policy formulation and decision-making”. However, we stand committed to developing “biodiversity informatics” as an essential element of India’s economic, environment and social well-being. We are in the process of building a comprehensive and decentralized biodiversity information infrastructure to serve the national interests and to provide inter-operability with regional and global initiatives”. He further said that a lot of biodiversity data of Indian origin is with several natural history museums in the world and this valuable legacy data was needed by the Indian researchers. Several ongoing global and regional biodiversity informatics initiatives for sharing this biodiversity data with the countries of origin are gaining momentum. He requested GBIF and its partners to expedite and institutionalize the process of digital exchange of this data.