As part of the Component 3 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded "Building IABIN" project, and through different projects, IABIN and its partners have undertaken several regional efforts to develop the following information products for decision making:

  • Biodiversity Threat Modeling System: Generates scenarios to model biodiversity threats aimed at: people executing urban development or infrastructure projects, scientists who wish to analyze the impact that various media have on certain species or ecosystem and environmentalists and conservationists who want to identify areas of high risk or potential threats to biodiversity.
  • Decision Support System Based on Conservation Categories and Biodiversity Use: System for decision making based on conservation categories and biodiversity uses that integrates species and specimen level information with information about conservation status and uses of species providing geospatial and statistical analysis of biodiversity information to support scientific, conservation and administration decision making.
  • IABIN Data Integration and Analysis Gateway (DIAG): Provides a custom view of content in the system for IABIN users and showcases the information produced by the 5 IABIN thematic networks (TN). Allows the user to easily browse and search for content in the system, add the content to an interactive map, and run analyses on data from multiple TNs providing access to over 70 datasets developed by IABIN, over 2800 public datasets from Data Basin and map services.
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting (EAR) Tool: Provides a "manager’s dashboard" approach for querying spatial information on habitat condition, socio-economic threat, and PA status for the Mesoamerica and Caribbean region integrating IABIN’s Ecosystem and Protected Areas Thematic Networks allowing conservation decision-makers to cross-query ecosystems/species with PA information to develop strategies and allocate resources to the most appropriate places.
  • Anthropogenic Pressures: Initiated by the City og Knowledge Foundation and the Nicaraguan Research Center for Aquatic Resources (CIRA/UNAN), the objective of this project is to evaluate the relationship between anthropogenic activities in the watershed and the actual state of contamination in the water of Lake Cocibolca.
  • Adaptation of IS: Integrates geospatial data with biological data to demonstrate an effective approach for utilizing I3N and IABIN specimen databases to create predictive models that anticipate species invasions in freshwater habitats. A modeling system was developed for all Belize watersheds including portions of Guatemala, and Mexico allowing the user to predict patterns of habitat vulnerability to tilapia invasion in all stream segments of the project area.
  • PA Assessment: This project seeks to i) enhance the GIS-based PA Gap Decision-Support System (DSS) based on user needs; ii) develop a tutorial and sample datasets for the PA Gap DSS; iii) conduct trainings on the use of the PA DSS in the region and disseminate the tools; iv) model socio-economic threats to freshwater, marine, and terrestrial systems in Central America and the Caribbean based on agriculture and urban cells.
  • DEM Derived Maps