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Nicolas Bailly

Nicolas Bailly (PhD) is Project Manager for FishBase, and Scientific Adviser for SeaLifeBase. He has participated in the following projects under the EC-FP5, FP6 and FP7, all related to biodiversity databasing: ERMS, ENHSIN, Fauna Europaea, BioCase, ENBI, D4Science, Higharcs. He organized one of the GBIF Governing Board meetings. He participated to the creation of the FishBase Consortium of which he was the head for one year. He participated in many initiatives on biodiversity information systems at the French national level when he worked with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.


WorldFish (formerly known as ICLARM - International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management) is an international, non-profit, research organization with the declared mission “to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.” Its programs are aligned to contribute towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and those from the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

WorldFish provides the sound scientific knowledge needed to increase fish production, guide the management of fisheries and other aquatic ecosystems, reverse habitat degradation, and influence policies involving fish and the people who depend on them. Today WorldFish head quarters resides in Penang, Malaysia, and has outreach offices and field sites in ten other countries including the Philippines.

In 1992, WorldFish became one of 15 independent Future Harvest centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR, with its secretariat located at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, is an informal association of more than 60 public and private sector members.

The key relevant scientific competency of WorldFish for the project is the development of global Biodiversity Information Systems (FishBase, SeaLifeBase, ReefBase) in collaboration with other institutions around the world. ReefBase is managed in Penang, the two others in the Aquatic Biodiversity Informatics Office, Philippines, a joint structure between WorldFish and  FIN (FishBase Information & Research Group), a Philippine NGO created to support the development of FishBase and then SeaLifeBase. Our competence in management of aquaculture and catch fisheries management with respect to biodiversity conservation is important as well as our contribution to AquaMaps and species distribution modelling development. Three teams for a total of more than 20 staff are involved in the development of these information system

April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/