The “Invasive Species Battler” series has been developed to share what we have learned about common invasive species issues in the region. They are not intended to cover each issue in depth but to provide information and case-studies that can assist you to make a decision about what to do next or where to go for further information.

The need for a Pacific Biodiversity Information Forum to provide a venue and support for biodiversity information needs in the Pacific Basin was established during the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) meeting on Maui in May of 2002. Interested parties met again during the October 2003 GBIF meeting in Tsukuba, Japan and reaffirmed the need and began to draw up a governing structure for PBIF and identify specific biodiversity needs in the Pacific Basin that can be addressed through projects.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) works to make digital biodiversity data openly and freely available on the internet for everyone. GBIF provides access to scienti_c biodiversity data for decision-making, research endeavours and public use. GBIF endorses both open source software and open data access.

The Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme is a European Union-funded programme led by GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. The programme's objective is to improve management of natural capital for human well-being, through the increased application of biodiversity information as evidence for decision-making.

While progress in sharing, transferring and applying scienti c knowledge about the world's biodiversity is steadily improving, gaps in information about the distribution of the world’s biodiversity still impede elective policy decision making