Biodiversity data mobilization in the Albertine Rift region


Rainforest tree, Uganda. Photo by JJ via Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


This regional project brings together partners from DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to strengthen the Biodiversity Information Management System of the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) by enhancing their data portal and expanding the data manager’s network. 

The project builds on the earlier data mobilization efforts of ARCOS. The partners will mobilize and publish more than 100,000 records of herbaria specimens in eastern DR Congo, sampling-event data from Rwanda and occurrence records from Uganda, following a workshop on biodiversity data standards and publishing. A citizen science initiative to collect data via a mobile application will also be piloted during the project targeting the participation of tourists and naturalists.

ARCOS coordinates a regional network of civil society and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practitioners, through which the project will contribute to improving EIA processes by providing biodiversity data on ecosystems that are currently under pressure from imminent development projects. The mobilized data will also be used to develop biodiversity atlases for key biodiversity areas as part of ongoing efforts to support environmental reporting in the Albertine Rift countries.

Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN), Lwiro, DRC
National Biodiversity Data Bank (NBDB), University of Makarere, Uganda