BENEFITS AND IMPACT OF THE CENTRE
The Centre connects UNILAG biodiversity conservation researchers with networks of Nigerian and international research teams working on the science of effective decision making to better conserve biodiversity. In developing these networks the centre hopes to create the following impacts:
- Be a leader in biodiversity informatics research: The Centre aims to be a leader in the utilization of GIS-based spatial analyses and modeling, along with data from natural history/Herbarium collections, field surveys and remote sensing, for research in ecology, evolution and conservation biology.
- Provide training and disseminate resources to promote the effective use of biodiversity informatics tools: and helps to establish new training centres and facilities in Nigeria, Africa and around the world.
- Develop, distribute, and support software and scripts that advance and facilitate biodiversity research and conservation: We envisage the development of open source software and scripts which can be distributed for use in research and conservation communities and the broader public.
- Develop and implement innovative approaches to conservation: The centre endeavors to be a bridge between cutting edge research and technological advances and practical applications that can be applied to advance conservation science and applications. Progress in informatics and other technological fields is advancing at a rapid rate and the centre hopes to tap these advances to develop, test and deploy more effective tools that can be used to advance biodiversity conservation.