Information network

The function of the biodiversity information network is performed by the Loodusveeb portal


The national contact point/person of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the Ministry of the Environment/Liina Vaher, whose task is to coordinate the implementation of the CBD and the policy for the protection and use of biological diversity.


The national contact point of the biodiversity information network is the Environment Agency, whose task is to organise the exchange of information on the Convention on Biological Diversity and to facilitate explanatory work on biodiversity. The contact person is Kaisa Viira. The biodiversity information network is a technical tool for collecting information on biodiversity and disseminating it as efficiently as possible to all potential users. From 2021, the function of the biodiversity information network will be provided by the Loodusveeb portal.


The biodiversity information network tries to facilitate the achievement of the three main objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity and addresses the following issues of the convention:

  • conservation;
  • identification and monitoring;
  • in situ and ex situ conservation;
  • the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity;
  • the use of incentive measures;
  • impact assessment and increasing negative impact;
  • access to genetic resources;
  • training and raising administrative capacity;
  • educating and informing the public;
  • access to technologies and sharing the relevant experiences;
  • exchanging information;
  • technological and scientific cooperation;
  • distribution of information;
  • financing;
  • general measures, including the preparation of national strategies, plans, and programmes.

In addition to the listed topics, the following may be addressed as well:

  • the biological diversity of forests;
  • the biological diversity of mires and meadows;
  • the biological diversity of the sea, the coast, and inland waters;
  • biological diversity in agriculture;
  • biological safety (biosafety);
  • the impact of tourism, planning, transport, and hunting on biological diversity;
  • the traditional way of life;
  • intellectual property rights.