Portugal is the most recent member of LifeWatch ERIC. LifeWatch Portugal is managed at a national level by PORBIOTA - e-Infrastructure Portuguese Information and Research in Biodiversity, led by CIBIO-InBIO, the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources. The integration into LifeWatch reinforces and projects onto an international scale the contribution of our country to understanding the factors that threaten biodiversity and ecosystems as key elements for the well-being and development of society.
By joining LifeWatch ERIC, Portuguese researchers in the field of biodiversity will be part of an important international research network and unique computing resources that will enable them to explore new frontiers and applications of science relevant to meet key societal challenges. At the same time, they will contribute with their experience and knowledge to reinforce LifeWatch ERIC's impact, for instance, by taking part in the development of innovative models for mobilizing and processing biodiversity information.
According to Pedro Beja, Coordinating Researcher at CIBIO-InBIO and the national representative of LifeWatch Portugal, "There is a strong alignment between the objectives of the PORBIOTA network and LifeWatch ERIC in promoting research on biodiversity, ecology and environmental sciences. The achievement represented by Portugal's participation in this European Infrastructure is an important step towards the production of high-quality knowledge to meet the most pressing challenges in relation to environmental protection and sustainable development."
PORBIOTA is a Portuguese e-infrastructure consortium for biodiversity data storage and management aimed at fostering a national agenda for biodiversity research, providing services and raising awareness of biodiversity with the purpose of meeting societal challenges concerning environmental protection and sustainable development. The consortium includes national R&D centres, natural history museums, the Portuguese node of GBIF, the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) and national ICOS and LTER-related networks.