About BIMS

Biodiversity Information Management System (BIMS) Project is a small component of the larger “Integrating Biodiversity Concepts in the Tourism Sector” Project (BITS)

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BIMS Project - RSCN
Jubaiha - Amman, Jordan
P: (962) 06 5337931
Email: bims@rscn.org.jo
Biodiversity Information Management System

Biodiversity Information Management System(BIMS)

Biodiversity Information Management System (BIMS) Project is a small component of the larger “Integrating Biodiversity Concepts in the Tourism Sector” Project (BITS).

About BITS

The “Integrating Biodiversity in the Tourism Sector Project” (BITS) is a GEF/UNDP project commenced in January 2014. The four-year project aim is to make the consideration of biodiversity a fundamental part of everyday planning and development for tourism in Jordan. More specifically, the Project Objective is: Biodiversity conservation objectives are effectively mainstreamed and advanced into and through tourism sector development in Jordan.

The project scope includes three components, each reflected in one strategic outcome as follows:

Outcome 1: Regulatory and enforcement framework in place to avoid, reduce, mitigate and offset adverse impacts of tourism on biodiversity. This Outcome is the institutional regulatory framework, and it addresses each of the identified threats. It contributes directly to the Objective since it provides key instruments for mainstreaming biodiversity. It will be applied at the upstream national level.

Outcome 2: Institutional capacities for planning, monitoring and enforcement strengthened in Jerash, Petra and Wadi Rum landscapes so as to manage the impacts of tourism development on biodiversity within ecologically valuable and sensitive areas. This Outcome targets the capacity required for effective management of PAs as well as valuable ecological areas outside the formal PA system. It addresses the identified threats and contributes to the Objective by ensuring that mainstreaming is effective in providing protection for biodiversity. It will be applied at the landscape level with the aim of changing the trajectory of tourism development, thus addressing direct and indirect threats to biodiversity.

Outcome 3: Improved management effectiveness particularly in revenue generation, tourism planning and management, and community relations in Dibbin, Petra and Wadi Rum Protected Area. This Outcome targets PA management effectiveness overall as well as the ecological integrity of ecological corridors. It contributes to the Objective indirectly through more robust management regimes for PAs which allows them to overcome the impacts of tourism and recreation. It is applied at the site level, particularly in protected areas.

Need for Biodiversity Information Management System ( BIMS )

Information Management Systems (MIS) are key enabler of proper communication, allowing connection among different agencies that has a common interest -Conservation at this case- encouraging standardization in documentation and communication protocols. MIS enables the analysis and comparison of conservation data, highlighting trends in real time and plugging them into both internal management plans and external stakeholders, which will consequently lead to a proper monitoring and evaluation if continuously updated. This system is critical for achieving lean management, tracking growth, and orchestrating protected area management.

At the national level, the lack of information management system humbled the users of biodiversity data, in all mean of related activities such as environmental impact assessment, land use planning, public and academic researches, eco-tourism industry, etc . . , this shortage of data accessibility was identified as one of the main issues that were identified on the national and institutional levels.

The national need including that of RSCN interest to build up the MIS, met the priority of the GEF/UNPD project entitled: “Biodiversity in Tourism Sector” under the output 2.1: “Biodiversity Information Management System (BIMS), founded on initial ecological surveys to inform Land Use Plans, serve as a platform for decision-making, and as a source of up-to-date knowledge on biodiversity” and output 2.3: “Biodiversity Monitoring System to update and maintain the BIMS, identify trends and ensure that any changes in biodiversity-important areas remain within acceptable limits; to include remedial measures that will be triggered by the monitoring” based on which this proposal was submitted to fill in the gap RSCN needs, and apply the project outputs.

Project Partners :

Main Stakeholders
Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature Researchers & Ecologists
RSCN’s Management including Protected Areas Managers
PDTRA Commissioners
Project Staff
ASEZA Commissioners
Wadi Rum Protected Area staff
Government Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture / Forestry Department
Ministry of Municipalities
Ministry of Tourism
Nongovernment UNDP
Royal Botanical Garden
Developers & EIA requesting agencies
Tourism Agencies
Other NGOs
Public Students
Locals in and around the target areas
Academics University Academics and students

BIMS Deliverables

Under this assignment, RSCN will achieve and submit three sets the deliverables:

1) Biodiversity Information Management System

a) A national BIMS system developed with appropriate GIS and web based IT systems and established at RSCN headquarters with field stations established at key sites (including the project localities) and accessible to key stakeholders and partners.

b) A stakeholders and target groups capacity building program – based on a proper needs assessment- developed and delivered in coordination with local authorities (e.g. MOMA, ASEZA and PDTRA).

c) A periodic evaluation system for the effectiveness of the BIMS in participation of key project partners, system users and target groups.

d) A set of knowledge product for the BIMS including user manual, brochures, power point presentations, developed and disseminated to all target groups and stakeholders.

2) The Ecological Surveys for the Land Use Planning Component:

a) A comprehensive report of the proposed ecological (and possible socio-economic) surveys that need to be performed to serve the BIMS updating. The report should include the surveys’ objective/s, proposed methods, and expected outputs.

b) A land use oriented ecological monitoring system designed for the three project localities and handed over to their respective authorities.

3) The National Biodiversity Monitoring System

a) A nationally agreed biodiversity monitoring system strategically aligned with the conservation of target ecosystems, habitats and species, developed and operational under RSCN’s umbrella.

BIMS Structure

The BIMS system is developed to be a useful tool for those interested in the Biodiversity , wither students , researchers or decision makers . The system provides a big set of reports and other publications related to Jordan’s Biodiversity in General and to the Projects sites and the other protected areas, with appropriate GIS and web based IT systems in addition to Wildlife Species Database. The system is provided with a strong search tool that enables the users to find the information they are looking for.

The contents of the system include the following main pages:

- Jordan’s Biodiversity : Facts & Figures
- Biodiversity Information Management System
- Library : including media library
- Protected Areas
- Petra Study Area
- Rum Study Area
- Jarash Study Area
- Jordan’s Journal of Natural History
- National Conservation Monitoring Center
- Maps

How to use :

The BIMS targets different layers of users ranging from students to researchers reaching to decision makers. The use also differs; it can be as simple as browsing reaching to the level of data entry.

The BIMS targets different layers of users ranging from students to researchers reaching to decision makers. The use also differs; it can be as simple as browsing reaching to the level of data entry.

Click here for more information on the manual:BIMS User manual