Import GBIF data in QGIS

This tutorial shows how to download GBIF occurrence data of species in QGIS and the GBIF Occurrences plugin. tags: data import, species distribution

Paulo van Breugel


January 9, 2021

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure that allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet. It offers free and open access to a tremendous amount of biodiversity data.

There are various ways to import GBIF data, including directly from the website as comma delimited file (csv), using the GBIF API and for example using R or Python packages. This tutorial shows how you can access GBIF data using QGIS, using the GBIF Occurrences plugin. Click here to start the tutorial.