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Title: Markets for biodiversity information products: real or imaginary?
Authors: Hominick, Bill
Schalk, Peter
Keywords: biodiversity information productsuser needsmarketsreturn on investmentsustainability
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Bill Hominick, Peter Schalk, Markets for biodiversity information products: real or imaginary?, in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 429-435.
Abstract: In the past decade, a large range of biodiversity information products and services has become available. Some were developed with EC subsidies, some with national funds, and others as initiatives of universities, research institutes or private persons. Few, if any, were developed in the ‘commercial world’ based on a business plan. Some sponsors and funders ask for exploitation and sustainability plans after the development phase or at the end of the project. The success of these depends on whether the products meet real demands and serve actual markets. Market potential is often misjudged or overestimated and many products are developed without a prior needs or market analysis. This negatively affects the sustainability for biodiversity information services. In this paper we review the marketing of some biodiversity information products in a commercial environment, to assess demands and size of the markets.
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
Appears in Collections:Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems

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