Developing Policies for Biodiversity Informatics in sub-Saharan Africa

"In Africa, biodiversity provides a fundamental role in economic livelihood and societal wellbeing. Africa boasts of a sizeable proportion of the world’s natural resources and biodiversity, yet this fundamental natural asset upon which life depends is under severe threat. With increasing natural resource extraction for economic growth, land degradation, urbanization and weak institutional arrangements, African countries are experiencing rapid rate of biodiversity depletion. Even more worrying is the climate change phenomenon that presents a new development threat to biodiversity and the future of majority of African rural population whose livelihoods directly depend on biodiversity."