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The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is looking for a dynamic Science Writer

The Secretariat of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking a dynamic Science Writer, to help communicate the value of GBIF’s work to key audiences.Among the tasks of the Science Writer will be to:Ensure consistency of language and messaging across GBIF publications and platforms, based on needs and audiences identified in the forthcoming GBIF Communications Strategy;Develop and maintain dynamic news content in the…See More
Dec 12, 2013
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

Brazil joins global initiative for biodiversity data access

Copenhagen / Brasília  – Brazil has become the latest country to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), dedicated to promoting free and open access to biodiversity data. The formal step of becoming a GBIF Participant was the signature of the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding by the Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp. The MoU commits a country to setting up a national node to…See More
Oct 31, 2012
Tim Hirsch commented on Mike Shanahan's group COP11 in Hyderabad
"Hi all I will be in Hyderabad from Fri 5th until Wednesday 17th. GBIF has side events on Monday 8th and Thursday 11th (see our meetings page) and we will have a story during COP about new research using massive amounts of open-access plant data from…"
Oct 3, 2012
Tim Hirsch joined Mike Shanahan's group
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COP11 in Hyderabad

Join this group if you are going to COP11 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, IndiaSee More
Oct 2, 2012
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

Biodiversity data network helps map plants used in Aboriginal medicine

Innovative use of data accessible through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) may help to identify areas of high cultural value, based on plants used in traditional medicine by Aboriginal people in Australia.The Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase (CMKb), based at Macquarie University, is teaming up with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), which hosts the GBIF national node, to integrate medicinal…See More
Aug 28, 2011
Tim Hirsch joined Mike Shanahan's group
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Jun 22, 2011
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

It's not just the climate, stupid

Ask the average, well-informed punter to name the most significant current environmental threat to human societies, and she or he is very likely to answer climate change. Indeed, it is common for people to use climate change and the environment interchangeably.As long ago as 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) concluded that climate change was just one of five principal drivers behind threats to the benefits we derive from the planet’s…See More
Feb 10, 2011
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

Decoding the DNA soup of the forest

From tomorrow (Saturday 11th Dec) until Wednesday I will be attending a scientific conference in the town of Bragança Paulista, organised by FAPESP, the public body that funds scientific research in the state of São Paulo - which contributes about half of all the published scientific papers in Brazil. The theme is "Getting post-2010 Biodiversity Targets…See More
Dec 10, 2010
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

Amazon deforestation - reasons to be cheerful?

As the Brazilian president-elect Dilma Rousseff prepares to take up the reins of power in January, the news from the Amazon rainforest appears,on the face of it, to be pretty good.All the signs arethat the official deforestation figures for 2009-10, due out in the nextfew weeks, will for the second year running be the lowest sincesatellite monitoring began in the late 1980s.A combination of stricter government enforcement, fussier buyingpolicies from supermarkets and global agricultural…See More
Nov 11, 2010
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

Slaughter of the Sirens

(for original posting see http://www.timhirsch.org/1/post/2010/11/-slaughter-of-the-sirens.html)The record-breaking drought in the Amazon basin has led to"uncontrolled" hunting of one of the world's most bizarre and gentle aquatic mammals, the threatened Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis), according to Brazilian…See More
Nov 9, 2010
Tim Hirsch posted a blog post

Forest codes and conspiracies

Anyone who follows Brazilian public discussion over a long period will be familiar with the Amazon conspiracy theory. To outsiders it seems bizarre enough to be laughed off. However, its persistence and resonancewith a large section of public opinion (and political elites) makes it no laughing matter for those Brazilians earnestly trying to move the country to a new mindset regarding this environmental superpower's unrivalled biological riches. Now a version of the conspiracy - promoted,…See More
Jun 15, 2010
Tim Hirsch is now a member of Biodiversity Media Alliance
May 20, 2010

Profile Information

What is your name?
Tim Hirsch
What is your job title?
Senior Programme Officer for Engagement
What organisation do you work for?
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Website
www.gbif.org, www.timhirsch.org, www.sitiodocervo.com/birdwatching.html
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Access and benefit sharing, Agriculture, Biodiversity targets, CBD negotiations, Communicating biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Forests, Protected areas
What languages do you speak?
English, Portuguese
Please use this section to introduce yourself in more detail, adding any other relevant information not included in your previous answers. The site administrator will use this answer to decide whether to approve your membership
From the end of May 2011 I will be heading communications and outreach at GBIF, as well as developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with scientific bodies, MEA secretariats etc and helping to expand GBIF's participation among countries and international institutions.

Tim Hirsch's Blog

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is looking for a dynamic Science Writer

The Secretariat of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking a dynamic Science Writer, to help communicate the value of GBIF’s work to key audiences.

Among the tasks of the Science Writer will be to:

  • Ensure consistency of language and messaging across GBIF publications and platforms, based on needs and audiences identified in the forthcoming GBIF Communications Strategy;
  • Develop and maintain dynamic news…
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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 19:07

Brazil joins global initiative for biodiversity data access

Copenhagen / Brasília  – Brazil has become the latest country to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), dedicated to promoting free and open access to biodiversity data.

 

The formal step of becoming a GBIF Participant was the signature of the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding by the Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp.

 

The MoU commits a…

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Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:30

Biodiversity data network helps map plants used in Aboriginal medicine



Innovative use of data accessible through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) may help to identify areas of high cultural value, based on plants used in traditional medicine by Aboriginal people in Australia.

The Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase (CMKb), based at Macquarie University, is teaming up with the…

Continue

Posted on August 28, 2011 at 16:14

It's not just the climate, stupid

Ask the average, well-informed punter to name the most significant current environmental threat to human societies, and she or he is very likely to answer climate change. Indeed, it is common for people to use climate change and the environment interchangeably.

As long ago as 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) concluded that climate change was just one of five principal drivers behind threats to the benefits we derive from…

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Posted on February 10, 2011 at 13:10

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