Four projects have been confirmed for funding in GBIF's 2020 Capacity Enhancement Support Programme (CESP), seeking to empower the global network through wider collaboration and engagement.
The selection panel approved these projects from a pool of 19 submissions, making for one of the most competitive annual cycles in CESP's seven-year history. The annual programme provides co-funding from GBIF's core budget to support collaborations among nodes involving capacity enhancement activities through mentoring, regional events and training workshops, and shared documentation.
The four confirmed projects collectively involve institutions from 17 Participant countries while individually
- addressing capacity on data mobilization in the new member country of Belarus, as well as engaging new partners in Latvia and Lithuania
- enhancing capacity for data mobilization and use for sustainable development in West Africa
- mobilizing data on economically useful species in Malawi
- collaborating on web-based tools for biodiversity data access in Latin America and the Caribbean
Details of a further funding award under the 2020 programme are still being finalized.