What can I do with the Biodiversity and Climate Geoportal?

These training documents and accompanying presentations have been developed to support users in their journey to using open spatial data infrastructures effectively and efficiently.

What is the Biodiversity and Climate Geoportal?

The Biodiversity and Climate Geoportal is an online data platform for sharing and communicating data and insights about the region. It uses the Geonode open-source infrastructure as a backend, with some customizations to make it more user-friendly. The Portal is perfect for stakeholders including government, NGOs, civil society organizations, and local residents to share and access information, share project data, compare datasets across different scales and timeframes, and turn commitments into action. It does not have the same suite of features as QGIS, however, it is still possible to create and share interactive maps, multimedia stories, and upload pictures and documents using this participatory platform.

The training documentation goes over the infrastructure of the Biodiversity and Climate Geoportal, how to register an account and sign in, download and upload data, and create and share interactive maps.

What do I need to use the Biodiversity and Climate Geoportal?

  • A computer with an internet connection


Training document: 02_BCG_GuidanceDocument_14062022.pdf

Metadata Guidance Document

For making good decisions we need good quality data, with which we can build decision-making systems, and retain and re-use the data in similar situations in future. All these are impossible without accurate metadata.

Metadata is data about data. Metadata is information stored in a database, text document, or xml file that describes the purpose and creation of the data. The metadata describes what the data is about, when, how and by whom it was created, and how it can be used.

Every dataset can be defined by creation date, name, description, license, quality and many more attributes. For instance, a GIS dataset containing some point locations can be described by its name, the creator, creation date, region name, its purpose, and its accuracy. But, without these descriptors encapsulated as metadata, it will be just a set of seemingly random latitudes and longitudes.

This document has been developed to explain more about metadata and file naming conventions, and gives suggestions for their use in GeoNode and QGIS.


GIS Metadata Guidance Note (pdf)

Training Videos

Navigating the interface

Searching and filtering data

Upload or create a new dataset

Adding features to a dataset

Styling a dataset

This web portal is based on GeoNode open-source geospatial infrastructure.