GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth. The GBIF Secretariat commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a total economic valuation of this mission.
Responding to accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss requires big decisions. Never has it been more important for these decisions to be supported by readily-accessibly, comprehensive and high-quality data.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) provides open access to the world’s largest collection species occurrence data, empowering scientific discovery, conservation and policy-making, and across diverse fields. This collection, growing at an exponential 24% per annum, contains over 2.2 billion species occurrence records and 75,000 datasets.
By collating and combining data across the biodiversity value chain, GBIF amplifies the impact of thousands of data publishers, users and partners across national boundaries. Moreover, the economic benefits are significant.
For every €1 invested in GBIF, users gain €3 in benefits, with society reaping up to €12. This value is generated through the perceived value of open access data, time savings, and the impact of supported research, such as enhanced biodiversity conservation efforts, and contributions to Sustainable Development Goals.