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.
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.
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.
Director: Andy Gillison
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
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