Indian Biodiversity Information System (IBIS) is a free and open reserve of comprehensive
scientific information about all plant and animal lifeforms on the Indian subcontinent. IBIS
provides anyone, anywhere instant access to data on Indian flora and fauna in a user-friendly,
freely accessible format. An initiative of Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), the IBIS
portal is modelled on the concept of citizen science.
IBIS provides authenticated and simplified data about Indian biodiversity for anyone who needs
it. IBIS collates extensive volumes of biodiversity data through varied channels, including
contributions from the citizen scientists, hobbyists, naturalists, academic researchers, and even
other citizen-science portals. After reviews, verifications, and analyses by experienced biologists,
the portal showcases data in a structured, intuitive, and interactive fashion.
It is the mission of IBIS to foster greater public engagement in science, while supporting
scientists and community members develop robust strategies for biodiversity conservation and
wildlife protection efforts. Moreover, IBIS aspires to equip local communities with the power of
information, so that they can manage land and water resources more efficiently, thereby
conserving traditional nature-centric lives and livelihoods. Further, IBIS aims to highlight the
social value of biodiversity and promote public engagement and understanding of it, thus paving
way for greater democratisation of science.