The Conservation Commons
is the expression of a cooperative effort of non-governmental organization
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s, international and multi-lateral organizations, governments, academia
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, and the private sector, to improve open access to and unrestricted use of, data, information and knowledge related to the conservation of biodiversity
Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. In terrestrial habitats, tropical regions are typically rich whereas polar regions...
, with the belief that this will contribute to improving conservation outcomes. At its simplest, it encourages organizations and individuals alike to ensure open access to data, information, expertise and knowledge related to the conservation of biodiversity. The goal of the Conservation Commons is to promote conscious, effective, and equitable sharing of knowledge resources to advance conservation.
Principle of the Conservation Commons
The Conservation Commons promotes free and open access to data, information and knowledge for all conservation purposes.
The Conservation Commons welcomes and encourages participants to both use resources and to contribute data, information and knowledge.
Rights and Responsibilities