Company information

The Center for Biodiversity (CBM) is a 'virtual' center without walls. The infrastructure is essentially electronic with the headquarters located in Yungaburra, tropical North Queensland. It has a sole director and two joint shareholders. It is essentially a non profit entity. Income is derived from consultancies with contracts derived from mainly international agencies. The Center collaborates closely with a wide range of international scientists from different disciplines. 

International Expertise

CBM provides comprehensive advice to clients in environmental management, with a strong focus on biodiversity assessment and monitoring. The team has experience worldwide especially in developing countries, both in establishing regional frameworks for biodiversity research, implementing rapid baseline surveys and in technology transfer.

Expertise is available to capture biophysical and socioeconomic information that is fundamental to integrated natural resource management. This information can be used directly by managers and planners to forecast impacts of specific resource use on biodiversity and productivity and to develop sustainable options for adaptive management.

Global biodiversity database

CBM has access to a unique, comprehensive, global biodiversity database and uses state-of-the-art, generic methodology in data collection and analysis and in the construction of computer-based models of resource performance and thematic mapping.

Educational capacity enhancement

As part of its mission CBM also encourages and supports educational programmes to promote understanding and implementation of natural resource management. It has close ties with many international research organizations and universities. CBM conducts international training workshops in biodiversity survey techniques. Successful training programs have been conducted in humid tropical East and West Africa (Cameroon, Mozambique), Bhutan, India, Indomalesia (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam) and Latin America (Brazil, Perú). CBM's income is mainly directed to supporting ongoing research into improving methods of biodiversity assessment.

Cutting edge research

CBM maintains a high international profile on cutting edge research in biodiversity assessment and management and contributes to international workshops and meetings.

Collaborative Publishing

The organization seeks to publish its joint research findings in international journals and to support publication of training aids and multilingual field and laboratory manuals for field personnel and managers concerned with Biodiversity assessment and spatial modelling. CBM asists directly with mentoring and has a strong policy of collaborative publication with partners involved in research related aspects of field work.

CBM Team

Director: Andy Gillison

Biographic note:

Plant ecologist with a background in agricultural and forest science, plant taxonomy and natural resource survey (mainly CSIRO Australia and Center for International Forestry Research CIFOR, Indonesia). Extensive experience in tropical countries. Developed gradient-based (‘gradsect’), natural resource survey method and generic, plant functional typology. Recent developments include the 'VegClass' system and associated public domain software for rapid natural resource surveys with a major focus on biodiversity. Ongoing, ecoregional, above-ground biodiversity surveys in Africa, mainland SE-Asia, Indomalesia and Latin America.

Currently developing a global (tropical and temperate) biodiversity database based on data from uniformly collected siteas arond the world. Member various international advisory bodies including the GEF STAP committee on biodiversity assessment. Published reviews on impact of climate change on forest biodiversity (UN/CBD); forestry impacts on carbon sequestration, biodiversity, profitability and rural livelihoods (CIFOR/EU, World Bank). Actively involved in technology transfer of computer-based training materials in natural resource assessment in developing countries. Recent work includes integrated multidisciplinary baseline surveys in Mozambique and Bhutan and advisory assistance in the sustainable management of biodiversity in the Lake Victoria riparian countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi) under the auspices of The World Bank. Ongoing interest in developing biodiversity indicators for sustainable management.

Center for Biodiversity Management,
P.O. Box 120
Yungaburra 4884
Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Andy Gillison CV : click here for Pdf file


  • The World Bank, Washington DC U.S.A.

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

  • Conservation International, Washington DC, U.S.A.

  • Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal (UNEP)

  • World Agroforestry Centre (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)) Nairobi.

  • Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center, Front Royal, VA  U.S.A.

  • United Nations Development Program, Global Environment Facility, Brazil

  • United Nations Development Programme, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)

  • World Wide Fund for nature (WWF), U.S.A., Indonesia and India

  • Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA)

  • Government of Bhutan

  • International Rhino Foundation

  • Project Services, Department of Public Works, Queensland Government