About Us

About NBDB

To inventory and monitor national biological resources and to provide biodiversity information to those interested in the conservation and sustainable utilisation of these resources.

Since the restructuring of the University academic structures, the NBDB is now under the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is hosted within the Department of Environmental Management.

Database Development and Current Status

The database application, called Biodiversity Data Bank (BDB), was developed on a FoxPro for Windows Platform, a Relational Database Management Systems.

Before this, the NBDB had collated vast amounts of biological records in hard copy format and other relevant content.These were:

1. Species checklists for various taxa: higher plants, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

2. Georeferenced species locality records.

3. Topographic maps at various scales.

4. Maps with information affecting biological distributions, e.g., rainfall, altitude, vegetation cover, land use, etc. These were later digitised

with the developing GIS technology.

To date, BDB has contains:

1. Over 8,000 species entries that include taxonomy; national, regional and global conservation status; habitat specialism; breeding

information; growth form (plants); etc.

2. About 140,000 georeferenced species locality records that include dates of recording; numbers and abundance; habitat information;

recorders/observers information; etc.

3. A gazetteer file with about 7,000 entries that are places of biological recording. Including geographic coordinates.

4. Data on protected areas.

5. Data on administrative units.

6. Data on recorders/observers that have contributed data or whose data have been computerised.

7. Citations where these habve been used to computerize species data.

Information Generated

Some of the data are analysed to produce different reports and publications, among other uses. These can be found (and some downloaded) on the products page. Among these are regular reports on The State of Uganda’s Biodiversity (from 2000 to 2017) as well as the The Bird Atlas of Uganda (2005) and The East African Bat Atlas (2009).