Nature Conservation Databases

This is a list of databases about or closely related to nature conservation.

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Last weekly update : 20 November 2021

Details about this list and a disclaimer can be found at the bottom of this page.

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AfrOBIS ( Database Aggregator )

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Is node of OBIS

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AlgaeBase ( Database )

«AlgaeBase is a global algal database of taxonomic, nomenclatural and distributional information.»

source: https://www.algaebase.org/

Run by AlgaeBase

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AquaDocs ( Database )

«AquaDocs is an open access repository covering the natural marine, estuarine/brackish and freshwater environments. It includes all aspects of the science, technology, management and conservation of these environments, their organisms and resources, and the economic, sociological and legal aspects.»

source: https://aquadocs.org/pages/About

Run by IODE; Run by IAMSLIC

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Catalogue of life ( Database )

«The most complete authoritative list of the world’s species – maintained by hundreds of global taxonomists»

source: https://www.catalogueoflife.org/

Owned by Species 2000; Owned by ITIS

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Crop Protection Compendium ( Database )

«A time-saving, encyclopedic, mixed-media tool that draws together scientific information on all aspects of crop protection. It features extensive global coverage of pests, diseases, weeds and their natural enemies, the crops that are their hosts, and the countries in which they occur.»

source: https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/crop-protection-compendium/

Owned by CABI

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Descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria ( Database )

«Descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria are a series of loose-leaf sheets issued in sets of 10, with four sets appearing each year. Each sheet provides a standardized statement of current knowledge about an individual species of fungus or bacterium, in an integrated format to assist identification or confirmation of identity of significant species.»

source: https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/descriptions-of-fungi-and-bacteria/

Owned by CABI

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Design of Trade Agreements ( Database )

«It aims to collect systematic data on the design of preferential trade agreements that have been signed since 1945. »

source: https://www.designoftradeagreements.org/

Run by World Trade Institute

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Distribution Maps of Plant Diseases ( Database )

«Distribution Maps of Plant Diseases are the authoritative source for accurate data on the worldwide distribution of plant diseases of economic or quarantine importance.»

source: https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/distribution-maps-of-plant-diseases/

Owned by CABI

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Distribution Maps of Plant Pests ( Database )

«Distribution Maps of Plant Pests are the authoritative source on the worldwide distribution of plant pests of economic or quarantine importance.»

source: https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/distribution-maps-of-plant-pests/

Owned by CABI

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Environmental Impact ( Database )

«Environmental Impact is an internet resource created in response to demand from the scientific community, policy makers and information specialists for a single comprehensive bibliographic information resource on climate change and other influences of humans on the biosphere.»

source: https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/environmental-impact/

Owned by CABI

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FishBase ( Database )

«FishBase is a global biodiversity information system on finfishes. Its initial goal to provide key facts on population dynamics for 200 major commercial species has now grown to having a wide range of information on all species currently known in the world: taxonomy, biology, trophic ecology, life history, and uses, as well as historical data reaching back to 250 years.»

source: https://www.fishbase.se/home.htm

Owned by FishBase

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Forest Science Database ( Database )

«Updated weekly, the database supplies bibliographic information and abstracts for all aspects of agroforestry, forestry, tree biology, land use and wood science. Climate change effects, deforestation, forest logging and urban forestry are also key areas we cover.»

source: https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/forest-science-database/

Owned by CABI

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Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment Database ( Database )

«The FADA database is an information system dedicated to freshwater animal species diversity and expert-based distribution information. The system provides access to authoritative species lists and global distribution compiled by world experts for the FADA book»

source: http://fada.biodiversity.be/

Run by FADA

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GBIF datasets (improvised name) ( Database Aggregator )

«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.»

source: https://www.gbif.org/what-is-gbif

Run by GBIF

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Global Ecosystem Typology ( Database )

«The new IUCN Global Ecosystem Typology is a comprehensive classification framework for Earth’s ecosystems that integrates their functional and compositional features. This new typology will help identify the ecosystems that are most critical for biodiversity conservation, research, management and human wellbeing into the future.»

source:

Run by IUCN

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Global Ocean Surface Underway Data Pilot Project ( Database )

«GOSUD aims at assembling in-situ observations of the world ocean surface collected by a variety of ships and at distributing quality controlled datasets. At present time the variables considered by GOSUD are temperature and salinity.»

source: http://www.gosud.org/About-GOSUD/Vision-and-mission

Run by IODE

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Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Programme ( Database )

«The Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Programme (GTSPP) is an international cooperative developed by a group of marine and oceanic science organizations to provide researchers and marine operations managers with accurate, up-to-date temperature and salinity data.»

source: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/products/global-temperature-and-salinity-profile-programme

Run by WMO; Run by IODE

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IOC Ocean Data and Information System ‘Catalogue of Sources’ ( Database )

«The ODIS “Catalogue of Sources” aims to be an online browsable and searchable catalogue of existing ocean related web-based sources/systems of data and information as well as products and services. It will also provide information on products and visualize the landscape (entities and their connections) of ocean data and information sources.»

source: https://catalogue.odis.org/

Run by IOC

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Index Fungorum ( Database )

«The Index Fungorum, the global fungal nomenclator coordinated and supported by the Index Fungorum Partnership, contains names of fungi (including yeasts, lichens, chromistan fungal analogues, protozoan fungal analogues and fossil forms) at all ranks.»

source: http://www.indexfungorum.org/

Run by RBG Kew

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Indicative distribution maps for Ecosystem Functional Groups – Level 3 of IUCN Global Ecosystem Typology ( Database )

«The descriptive profiles provide brief summaries of key ecological traits and processes for each functional group of ecosystems to enable any ecosystem type to be assigned to a group.»

source: https://zenodo.org/record/5090419

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International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses Taxonomy ( Database )

«The goal of this undertaking is to categorize the multitude of known viruses into a single classification scheme that reflects their evolutionary relationships, i.e. their individual phylogenies.»

source: https://talk.ictvonline.org/information/w/ictv-information

Run by ICTV

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International Quality Controlled Ocean Database. version 0.1 ( Database )

«This data set includes subsurface ocean profiles of temperature, salinity, oxygen, nutrients, ocean tracers, optics, and biology (chlorophyll, plankton) taken from 1772 to 2018 in the global ocean using bottles, CTD, XBT, MBT, profiling floats, moored buoys, ice drifting buoys, gliders, towed profilers, and instrumented pinnipeds.»

source: https://data.nodc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iso?id=gov.noaa.nodc:0170893

Run by IQuOD; Run by NCEI

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LobbyFacts ( Database Aggregator )

«the platform providing the essential data on lobbying in the European institutions. LobbyFacts provides handy tools to search, sort, compare and analyse official EU lobby data – from both present and past»

source: https://lobbyfacts.eu/about-lobbyfacts

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LobbyView ( Database Aggregator )

«LobbyView brings transparency to the American political process.»

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29OMHHuUzUw

Run by MIT

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Lobbying Disclosures ( Database )

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Run by United States House of Representatives

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Ocean Biodiversity Information System. Spatial Ecologial Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations ( Database Aggregator )

«a spatially, temporally interactive online database for marine mammal, sea turtle, seabird and ray & shark data»

source: https://seamap.env.duke.edu/content/about

Is node of OBIS

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Ocean Data Portal ( Database Aggregator )

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Run by IODE

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Ocean+ Habitats ( Database Aggregator )

«Ocean+ Habitats is a living platform providing the world’s decision-makers and communities of practice with the best possible global information, knowledge and tools required to manage and conserve ocean ecosystems.»

source: https://habitats.oceanplus.org/

Run by UNEP

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OceanExpert ( Database )

«The OceanExpert system, formerly known as Global Directory of Marine (and Freshwater) Professionals, is a database containing information on individuals active on issues related to the marine (and freshwater environment).»

source: https://www.iode.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=63

Run by IODE

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Phylum Ctenophora: list of all valid species names ( Database )

«Because the scientific literature on the Ctenophora is widely dispersed and much of it is difficult to locate, I have compiled here a list of all classes, orders, families, genera and species of ctenophores that seem to be in use at the present time. This list is the result of an extensive search of the literature, combined with a little independent thinking.»

source: https://faculty.washington.edu/cemills/Ctenolist.html

Run by UW

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Recent and Fossil Bryozoa ( Database )

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Run by IBA

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Restor ( Database )

«Restor is accelerating the global restoration movement by connecting everyone, everywhere to local restoration. Restor connects people to scientific data, supply chains, funding, and each other to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of restoration efforts.»

source: https://restor.eco/about/mission

Run by ETH Zürich, Crowther Lab

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SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal datasets ( Database Aggregator )

«The SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal (biodiversity.aq) is an international effort that seeks to increase our knowledge and understanding of Antarctic and Southern Ocean biodiversity.»

source: https://www.biodiversity.aq/about/

Is node of OBIS; Run by SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal; Run by RBINS; Run by BBPf

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SeaLifeBase ( Database )

«The long-term goal of this project is to create and maintain a FishBase-like information system for all non-fish marine organisms, ca. 400,000 spp.»

source: https://www.sealifebase.ca/home/what_we_do.php

Run by Q-quatics

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library ( Database )

«The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.»

source: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

Run by BHL Consortium

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The IUCN red list of threatened species ( Database )

«… has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.»

source: https://www.iucnredlist.org/

Run by IBAT Alliance

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The Reptile Database ( Database )

«This database provides a catalogue of all living reptile species and their classification. … The database focuses on taxonomic data, i.e. names and synonyms, distribution and type data and literature references. »

source: http://www.reptile-database.org/db-info/introduction.html

Owned by The Reptile Database

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The State of the World’s Sea Turtles ( Database )

«The database contains thousands of data records that have been generously contributed by SWOT Team members worldwide and sourced from published literature, including sea turtle nesting data, satellite telemetry data, species distributions, Regional Management Unit (also called subpopulations) boundaries, genetic data (mtDNA and nDNA), and more.»

source: https://www.seaturtlestatus.org/online-map-data

Run by OBIS-SEAMAP; Owned by SWOT

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The World Factbook ( Database )

«The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.»

source: https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/

Owned by CIA

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Transparency Register ( Database )

«The Transparency Register is a database listing ‘interest representatives’ (organisations, associations, groups and self-employed individuals) who carry out activities to influence the EU policy and decision-making process.»

source: https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/staticPage/displayStaticPage.do;TRPUBLIC-ID-prod=ic8TzfIPUrtKT1UpBGG46SKdp99qhirFm9eB-f8GFUKuv7t6gAGi!-1517892622?locale=en&reference=WHY_TRANSPARENCY_REGISTER

Owned by EC; Owned by Council of the European Union; Owned by European Parliament

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Turbellarian Taxonomic Database ( Database )

«A listing of the taxonomy of turbellarians (formerly class Turbellaria of the phylum Platyhelminthes)»

source: http://turbellaria.umaine.edu/

Run by Umaine

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UN Biodiversity Lab ( Database Aggregator )

«With over 400 of the world’s best datasets on nature, climate change, and sustainable development, UNBL enables policymakers and other stakeholders to use spatial data to take action for people and planet. … UNBL is a free, open-source environment that does not require any previous GIS experience.»

source: https://unbiodiversitylab.org/about/

Run by UNBL

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Web of Science ( Database )

«The Web of Science™ is the world’s most trusted publisher-independent global citation database.»

source: https://clarivate.com/webofsciencegroup/solutions/web-of-science/

Owned by Clarivate

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World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas ( Database )

«Key Biodiversity Areas, which are among the most incredible and diverse places on Earth for nature, from deserts to the middle of the ocean, are sites of global importance to the planet’s overall health and the persistence of biodiversity.»

source: http://www.keybiodiversityareas.org/about-kbas

Run by IBAT Alliance

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World Database on Protected Areas ( Database )

«Protected Planet is the most up to date and complete source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) …»

source: https://www.protectedplanet.net/

Run by IBAT Alliance

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World Ocean Database ( Database )

«The World Ocean Database (WOD) is world’s largest collection of uniformly formatted, quality controlled, publicly available ocean profile data.»

source: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/products/world-ocean-database

Run by NCEI

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World Register of Marine Species ( Database )

«The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy.»

source: https://marinespecies.org/about.php

Run by VLIZ

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Zoological Record ( Database )

«Zoological Record™ is the world’s oldest continuing database of animal biology. It is considered the world’s leading taxonomic reference, and with coverage back to 1864, has long acted as the world’s unofficial register of animal names.»

source: https://clarivate.com/webofsciencegroup/solutions/webofscience-zoological-record/

Owned by Clarivate

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About this list

‘Database aggregators’ are databases that aggregate data from other databases, possibly even other database aggregators.

The organization that is mentioned as ‘Run by’ is the one identified as the organization running the database, not necessarily owning it nor necessarily providing the data.

The list is the result of manual collection from internet and other sources.

In case you wonder why the CIA’s World Fact Book is in this list: Nature conservation is about more than biology and biodiversity. It is about more than ‘just’ nature.

Do note, that the list mixes open access, commercial databases and everything in between.

Disclaimer : The data is provided ‘as is’. I compiled it to the best of my abilities. The list is not complete and errors may occur. If you find any errors or know of possible additions, then please do let me know.