Biodiversity & Ecology
Short Database Report Open Access
Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) Biological Databases
Keywords: GBIF; geo-referenced data; Middle East; nature conservation; vascular plant; vertebrate.
Abstract: The Israel Nature and Parks Authority Biological Databases (GIVD ID AS-IL-001) are the repository of records dating from the early 1980's until the present date. These include casual observations of vascular plants and vertebrate animals, and an assortment of survey and monitoring projects both within and outside protected areas. There are approximately one million records accumulated in the databases. All records include species name (in Latin and Hebrew), coordinates (in the New Israel Grid system), date, and observer name. These are presence-only data, e.g. the absence of a record for an area in Israel does not imply the absence of the species. There is no national inventory for vascular plants and vertebrates in Israel. Despite these handicaps, the databases form the larges single source of electronic species-level information for the Middle East. The data are accessible to the public in several interfaces, including the query system of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility at http://www.gbif.org.
Olsvig-Whittaker, L. (2012): Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) Biological Databases. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 304–304. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00100.