The Gulf of Guinea Islands’ Biodiversity Network was an informal network of scientists, conservationists and organizations interested in the biodiversity of the Gulf of Guinea islands of Bioko, Príncipe, São Tomé and Annobón.
Network participants came from a wide range of disciplines including botanists, geologists, herpetologists, entomologists, malacologists, primatologists … and those just interested! The network distributed news of research, scientific and conservation developments and initiatives, environmental issues, publications, web resources etc that were relevant to the Gulf of Guinea islands and was also a forum for putting researchers with similar interests in contact.
The Gulf of Guinea Conservation Group had its origin at a workshop on the biodiversity of the islands held at the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust in June 1993 entitled Biodiversity and Conservation of the Gulf of Guinea Islands. The workshop reviewed current knowledge on species richness and endemism in the islands and identified issues that threaten the conservation of the islands’ unique fauna and flora. Papers delivered at the workshop were published in a special issue of the journal Biodioversity and Conservation (1994 Vol. 3 No. 9).
Another notable event resulting from the Jersey meeting was the declaration by the assembled specialists to support actions taken by the islands’ governments in protecting biodiversity and to develop future collaboration amongst themselves. In deciding to constitute the Gulf of Guinea Conservation Group, a unanimous commitment was made to find common ways of studying and protecting the islands’ environments by:
- furthering research on protection and rational use of the region’s natural resources.
- fostering inter-island cooperation for environmental protection
- identifying ways of stimulating funding for species and ecosystem conservation
Since a small but auspicious beginning at the1993 workshop, the Gulf of Guinea Conservation Group grew into an informal network of more than 100 scientists, conservationists and organizational representatives interested in the biodiversity of the Gulf of Guinea islands. Many of the network’s participants were either actively working in the region or are researching specific taxon found on the islands. For several years the group operated as an email network, known as the Gulf of Guinea Islands’ Biodiversity Network, and coordinated from the island of São Tomé. This email network continued to operate in order to disseminate news about biodiversity research and conservation as well as to get all the participants together in forwarding their contributions.
They later decided to establish this website in order to continue to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Gulf of Guinea islands.
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