June 12, 2014

Bouchout Declaration successfully launched

The Bouchout Declaration on Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management has been successfully launched on June 12 at the Bouchout Castle, National Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium with 105 signatories.

Image 1. The official signing ceremony. Left to right: Walter Berendsohn, BGBM; Edwin van Huis, Naturalis; Gregor Hagedorn, MfN; Jan van Tol, Naturalis and moderator.

Image 2. The official signing ceremony. Left to right: Donat Agosti, Plazi, coordinator; Edwin van Huis, Naturalis; Walter Berendsohn, BGBM; Gregor Hagedorn, MfN.

The Bouchout Declaration on Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management has been successfully launched on June 12 at the Bouchout Castle, National Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium during the final meeting of the EU-funded pro-Biosphere project.

57 organizations and 58 individuals signed the Declaration, including some of the largest natural history institutions like Kew, Naturalis, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin, Harvard MCZ, California Academy of Sciences, InBIO and the Brazilian Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi; scientific institutions like GBIF, IUBS or the Belgian Science Policy Office.

The Declaration remains open to sign – please consider discussing its principles, consider implementing them and ultimately to sign it.