Biodiversity Information for Development (BID)

Increasing capacity for conservation of threatened fish species through data mobilization and training

Read project details at the website of the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) or a dedicated project page on Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Summary: Effective conservation planning depends on the existence of reliable data being available on the status and distribution of fisheries resources. NaFIRRI houses a huge number of specimens that document spatial and temporal patterns of fish diversity in Uganda; however, the full potential of these collections has not been realized because the specimens and biodiversity information they hold are accessible almost solely to scientists at the institute. In addition, there are other institutions and individual scientists actively involved in monitoring and management of biodiversity data, but have data in formats which are technically unusable by other researchers, conservationists, and policy makers. Inevitably, this rich fish biodiversity data makes little or no impact in terms of informing conservation policies. The goal of this project is to increase capacity for conservation of threatened fish species through data mobilization and training. The specific objectives are (1) to mobilize data on at least 10,000 fish records from Uganda’s aquatic systems (including lakes, rivers and streams, and wetlands), (2) identify and train scientists active in monitoring and management of fish biodiversity data in the use of data publishing tools, and (3) create awareness among policy makers in use of biodiversity information for decision making. The mobilized data will be published through GBIF and UgaBIF, and will be incorporated into relevant conservation policies in Uganda through close involvement of biodiversity research and management agencies, universities, and policy makers. In the long-term, this project is anticipated to increase capacity for evidence–based conservation, biodiversity research, and education.

Supported by European Union, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) under the Biodiversity Information for Development Project (BID) for Sub-Saharan Africa.


A dataset of 7343 occurrences of fish has been published on GBIF. This dataset increased occurrences for fish available through GBIF by almost twice.

You can access the dataset and metadata here for your own use free of charge.

You can get in touch for feed back, concerns and if you would like to share data or have assistance in publishing you data on GBIF.

Please click on the link below for an interactive map of the occurrences.  The tool allows you to get information for each occurrences by simply clicking on them, visualize the occurrences over a base map of interest. mapp