The purpose of this portal is to fill a major gap in global biodiversity information by making biodiversity information on shallow marine ecosystems of the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden and the Western Indian Ocean accessible via a public web-based platform.

The portal will support multiple mechanisms to help secure and improve access to data, targeting the different principle types of data that users have:

Given the complexities of data ownership and data structures, the focus is on aggregated/summary data that is: