PIIB 2008-2011 (English version)


The Latin American Platform for Biodiversity Information (PIIB) was created to be an strategic way of communication and collaboration as a mean to significally contribute to improve the access on biodiversity information for the scientific community as well as improving the local management and sustainable development.

This initiative is based on contacts and results of the «Ibero-American Network for the Conservation and Computerization of Biological Collections (RECIBIO)» that was financed by CYTED and ended in 2008. This network brought together institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain. RECIBIO conducted specialized workshops, established a website (www.recibio.net) and still is a forum and a joint for proposals between participants and other regional or international initiatives (IABIN, GBIF).


  • Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, (CRIA). Brasil.
  • CONABIO. Mexico
  • Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana (IIAP). Peru.
  • Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INbio). Costa Rica.
  • Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales «Bernardino Rivadavia». GBIF-Argentina.
  • Museo del Instituto de Zoología Agrícola Francisco Fernández Yépez (MIZA). Universidad Centralde Venezuela.
  • Museo Nacional de Historia Natural y Antropología de Montevideo. Uruguay.
  • SiB-Colombia / Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt.
  • Real Jardín Botánico-CSIC. Spain
  • GBIF Spain.

More information about participants.


The activities are mainly focused on creating capacity (training workshops, e-learning platforms, on line resources, etc.) as well as establishing communication and collaboration infraestructure (virtual communities, bioinformatic tools developments, etc.).

The following activities are planned:

Communication and coordination activities

  • Web site creation
  • Discussion forums/communication networks
  • Distribution lists
  • Informatic list on biodiversity

Training building