About PortalBio

The development of the Portal is the result of a partnership among Chico Mender Institute, Environmental Ministry and Deutsche Geselschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as a piece of the Biodiversity Monitoring Project with focus on Clime in the level of Protected Areas. The project composes the Brazilian-Germany cooperation to the sustainability development, inside the International Climate Initiative of the Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB).

The Biodiversity Portal was developed by researches of the São Paulo University (Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo - EPUSP) in partnership with the EACH/USP and IGCE/UNESP researchers, with support of the Núcleo BioComp/USP and FDTE Foundation. The Portal system was developed based on the technology of Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). ALA is a biodiversity data portal and considered one of the most complete in functionality and its use by other institutions and countries have been stimulated for its managers. It is also supported by Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The implementation of the Portal and development of complementary functionalities have been made by ICMBio team, which was trained by the researches of the institutions who developed the portal from ALA technology.

The initiative for the development of the Biodiversity Portal is the result of a broad process, in which a web architecture was discussed to integrate biodiversity data within the framework of MMA and its related institutions. In 2011 and 2012, the Technical Group on Biodiversity Data Integration (GT-MMA), under the technical coordination of BioComp / USP, defined guidelines for information sharing within the Ministry and opted for the use of open source code tools. These tools are based on international and open standards of biodiversity data interoperability and on the organizational model of nodes of an information network. The process of defining the reference architecture was supported by the National Project of Integrated Public-Private Actions for Biodiversity (Probio II), executed with resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Based on the discussions in the Working Group, ICMBio made significant progress in integrating the biodiversity databases maintained by the institution. In this way, and considering ICMBio's partnership with GIZ for the execution of the Project for Biodiversity Monitoring with Climate Relevance at UC level, it was decided that the Portal would be implemented in the Institute's information technology infrastructure and that its technical team would be trained for the maintenance and development of new functionalities, which occurred with significant success. The Biodiversity Portal and SIBBr will be integrated in 2016.