Biodiversity Data

The EWT works widely with partners in collecting, collating, managing and sharing many biodiversity datasets. The EWT is an Associate Participant Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Data-sharing allows researchers and conservation practitioners to expedite the conversion of primary research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve conservation initiatives. It is the view of the EWT that environmental data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding confidentiality and proprietary rights.

The EWT's Biodiversity Data Bank is the central storage location for all ecological and spatial information within the EWT and its numerous partners. If you require Biodiversity data that is likely to be held by the EWT, for example, for use in Conservation Planning, Research or Environmental Impact Assessments, please click on “Request Data” above, and fill in the data-sharing request form. Note that requests for data can take from one to four weeks to process, depending on the volume of data requested.

The following datasets are frequently requested and we therefore provide downloadable maps so that you can check whether we hold data for your area of interest before applying for data:

African Crane sightings Electrical infrastructure mortality incidents Roadkill
A set of over 20 000 crane sighting records collected over a period of more than 30 years Records of animals, mostly birds, killed on electrical infrastructure across South Africa, over the past 20 years Records of roadkill mainly from southern Africa, collected from citizen scientists and road patrols