The first step in biodiversity conservation is documentation based on the available information. In spite of many tools and data source, information on biodiversity and related traditional knowledge remains difficult to access, as the data about biodiversity are either scattered in many databases or reside on paper or other media; not amenable for searching by the public. Digitization of data, creation of database and an information disseminating system may be the solution of this.
West Bengal Biodiversity Board has been trying to collect and collate the information related to biodiversity of the state for promoting conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. A number of other experts/institutes are also involved in creation of such information.
It is the centralized Biodiversity Information System of the state, with the biodiversity related information arranged in a definite pattern and accessible to all the interested persons, as required, through a single digital platform.