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Summary of events

Note that all attendance is subject to prior registration. Unless otherwise stated, the events will take place at Complexo Brasil 21:

Brasil 21 Complex Center
SHS Quadra 06 Bloco G
Setor Hoteleiro Sul - Brasília

Monday 24 October 2016

Nodes Steering Group meeting
Time: 09:00-12:30
Roome: Sala Multiuso

Open only to group members.

Budget Committee meeting
Time: 09:00-12:30
Room: Pindorama

Open only to committee members.

Science Committee meeting
Time: 09:00-12:30
Room: Mundo Novo 1

Open only to committee members.

Executive Committee meeting 1
Time: 13:30-17:00
Room: Mundo Novo 1

Open only to committee members.

Welcome cocktail
Time: 19:00 - 23:00
Venue: Restaurant BierFass

All participants are invited to the Welcome cocktail hosted by the Brazilian Delegation.

For those interested, a mini bus is available to take people to the restaurant. The mini bus will leave from the main entrance of the Brasil 21 Convention Center at 18:30, approx. 19:00 and approx. 19:30. Please note that there is limited space in the bus (max 22 persons) so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Otherwise, it will be a short taxi ride from most of the hotels in the area. You just need to tell the driver to go to Pontão do Lago Sul (it is a popular restaurant area in Brasilia).

The mini bus is also available to take people from the restaurant to the Brasil 21 Convention Center entrance. The bus leaves from the restaurant at 22:10, 22:40 and 23:10.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Governing Board meeting: Day 1
Time: 09:00-17:00
Room: Santa Cruz 1+2+3

Open to Governing Board delegates and invited observers.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

GBIF Public Symposium
Time: 09:00-12:30
Room: Santa Cruz 1+2+3

The 2016 Public Symposium. Those unable to attend the symposium in person will have access to all presentations soon after the event. The symposium is open to the public and press.

Governing Board meeting: Day 2
Time: 13:30-17:00
Room: Santa Cruz 1+2+3

Open to Governing Board delegates and invited observers.

Executive Committee meeting
Time: 17:00-19:00
Room: To be confirmed

Post-GB meeting of the GBIF Executive Committee. Open only to committee members.

Thursday 27 October 2016

SiBBr Symposium
Time: 09:00-17:00
Venue: CNPq Auditorium (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq)

Open to the public.

Please note that lunch is not included but can be bought at the conference venue.

For those interested, a bus is available to take people to the CNPq Auditorium. The bus will leave from the main entrance of the Brasil 21 Convention Center at 8:30. Please note that there is limited space in the bus (max 46 persons) so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus will return to the Brasil 21 Convention Center at 17:30.

According to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), Brazil is the most biologically diverse country in the world. It is classified at the top among the world’s 17 megadiverse countries. It contains two biodiversity hotspots (the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado), six terrestrial biomes, including the Amazon, and three large marine ecosystems. At least 103,870 animal species and 43,020 plant species are currently known, comprising 70% of the world’s catalogued animal and plant species. It is estimated that Brazil hosts between 15-20% of the world’s biological diversity, with the greatest number of endemic species on a global scale. The knowledge about Brazil’s biodiversity is ever-expanding, with an average of 700 new animal species discovered each year.

In this perspective to operate the national biodiversity free access database is not an easy task. The Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr), which acts as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) national node, is a project implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) of Brazil, with technical support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

As a host of the 23rd meeting (GB23) of the Governing Board of the GBIF, SiBBr will promote an open Symposium that will present the system innovations and the efforts and partnerships within the data mobilization process to establish a network of institutions whose data will be accessible both through GBIF and from the national biodiversity portal.

The organizers would appreciate if the participants could indicate their intention to attend the SiBBr Sypmposium when registering.

Draft agenda

1st Session - Presentations
09:00-09:30 Opening session
09:30-10:15 GBIF - Empower a global network
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:15 SiBBr: Engaging stakeholder communities at national level
11:15-12:00 SiBBr: Brazil Node of GBIF
12:00-13:30 Lunch

2nd Session - Working Groups
13:30-15:30 Working groups: 'Deliver Relevant Data and Improve Data Quality', 'Address Data Gaps' and 'Support Biodiversity Assessments'
15:30-17:00 Ending Session

Friday 28 October 2016

Excursion - Chapada Imperial - Cerrado biome area

08:00 - Departure time from the Brasil 21 Convention Center. Expected arrival at Chapada Imperial: 09:00.
10:00 - Trail starts
14:00 - Trail ends / lunch starts
15:30 - Bus departs Chapada Imperial. Expected return time to Brasil 21 Convention Center: 16:30

Distance: 50 km from the Brasil 21 Convention Center

Excursion fee: BRL 200 (approx. USD 60)
The excursion fee should be paid to the local organizers before the excursion. Please notice: Cash only.
The fee includes transportation, access to the park, guided trails and lunch. Drinks are not included.

All trails are accompanied by trained guides and provide safety measures. The guides are environmental education experts on the typical Cerrado vegetation of the Central Brazilian Plateau. During the walks it is possible to see over seven vegetations of cerrado (phytophysiognomy): vereda, gallery forest, campo úmido, campo sujo, campo limpo, cerrado senso stricto, and campo rupestre. The tracks visit up to 30 waterfalls and 11 arborism trails forming an exciting circuit.


1. Short Trail:
- Quiet 1 km walk in 1 hour and 30 minutes on an irregular surface of approximately 35 m.
- Stops for bathing in crystalline wells, visiting 4 wells, 3 waterfalls, 2 observatories.
- Level of difficulty: Easy

2. Medium Trail:
- 3 km walk in 3 hours and 30 minutes on an irregular surface of approximately 200 m.
- Visits to 15 waterfalls with stops to bath.
- Return from waterfalls on internal transport (“pau-de-arara”) with 3 km road to the headquarters.
- Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate


Lunch at Chapada Imperial is prepared daily with fresh ingredients, promoting cultural revival from the local cuisine.

Menu: Galinhada Goiana (chicken with saffron), Quibebe (meat with cassava), cooked cassava, cooked pumpkin , white rice, meatless beans, spaghetti with tomato sauce, various salads.

Drinks are not included.

What to bring

Light and comfortable clothing, proper walking non-slip shoes, light trousers or shorts, coat, hat, swimsuit, insect repellent and sunscreen. Also, bring a bag for carrying rubbish out of the park and a bottle of mineral water.

In case of heavy rain, the event may be changed.

Tour operator

The excursion will be managed by the tour operator Tekoa Brasil. If you have any questions about the excursion, or would like to make private tours, here are their contact details:

Tekao Brasil
Contact: Fernanda Carasilo, Skype: tekoabrasil Phone: +55 48 9638-8382*