SiB Colombia and GeoPark launch biodiversity data management training program for companies - GeoPark
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Bogota, Colombia – GeoPark has launched a biodiversity training program in partnership with Colombia’s Biodiversity Information System (SiB Colombia), the CNAB water and biodiversity center of National Entrepreneurs’ Association ANDI and the Global Biodiversity Information Infrastructure (GBIF). The Corporate Management for Nature: Training Path to Biodiversity Data Mobility program aims to raise awareness in companies from all economic sectors about the importance of biodiversity, and provide guidelines on reporting and publishing data through SiB Colombia and GBIF.

The training has five online courses organized by topic. Users who complete the full program will have the opportunity to be certified and will be able to access lectures by researchers and leaders in biodiversity data management from SiB Colombia.

The expected outcome is that the business sector will continue to increase the number of published biological records that help fill information gaps and generate information on the large number of species of fauna and flora in Colombia, providing inputs for decision-making and the formulation of strategies for their restoration and preservation. SiB Colombia already has more than three million free and open access biological records that have been voluntarily shared by at least 38 companies in the country, most of them from the mining and energy sector.

The project launch took place at ANDI facilities in Bogota with the presence of National Water Center director Dora Moncada, SiB Colombia coordinator Dairo Escobar, GeoPark Environmental Manager Fabiola Peña, as well as a number of academics. At the launch, acclaimed Universidad de los Andes researcher and Biological Sciences PhD Juan Armando Sánchez reflected on the importance of having open biodiversity data to face the climate crisis Anyone interested in participating in the training can register at by January 31, 2023.

For GeoPark, a Latin American oil and gas exploration and production company, promoting knowledge of Colombia’s biodiversity shows its commitment to preserving the environment and caring for environmental services in the areas where it operates. This Company, which has been operating in Colombia since 2012, is part of the Biodiversity and Development initiative led by ANDI through which public and private actors have pooled efforts in recent years to promote environmental protection.


GeoPark is a leading Latin American oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil, and which has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2014. It is the second largest oil producer in Colombia with almost 8% of the country’s total production. Since its foundation GeoPark has had an Integrated Values System called SPEED, which summarizes its commitment in five critical areas: Safety, Prosperity, Employees, Environment and Community Development. SPEED has been key for GeoPark in attracting the best talent, being the preferred partner and the best neighbor, and developing a successful, safe and sustainable operation.

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SiB Colombia ( is the national network of open data on biodiversity. It is a national initiative created by Decree 1603 (1994) as part of the process of creating the National Environmental System (Sina), established by Law 99 (1993), and is Colombia’s official node in the Global Biodiversity Information Infrastructure (GBIF). The purpose of SiB Colombia is to provide open access to information on the country’s biological diversity for the construction of a sustainable society. It also facilitates the online publication of biodiversity data and information, and promotes its use by a wide variety of audiences, opportunely and efficiently supporting the integral management of biodiversity. SiB Colombia has become a reality thanks to the participation of hundreds of organizations and people who share data and information under the principles of free access, transparency, cooperation, recognition and shared responsibility.