BIFA funds nine Asian data mobilization projects

Region’s new projects will receive a total of €120,000 in funding from the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia

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Neopithecops zalmora observed in Bedugul, Bali, Indonesia by Bruno Durand. Photo via iNaturalist (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Nine projects dedicated to the mobilization and use of biodiversity data in Asia will receive funding totalling €120,000 from the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA) programme. The latest call drew a highly competitive set of responses leading to the selection of project teams representing 13 Asian countries and seven international partners and covering a wide range of target areas for mobilization of data. Cofunding from GBIF nodes and other agencies leveraged by these projects brings the total funding value to more than €225,000.

2019 BIFA project grantees

Project Country of main contact Funding from BIFA Cofunding
Major historical collections from North Korea Republic of Korea €15,000 €17,442
Sumatran flora (part II) Indonesia €14,881 €8,086
Using acoustics to fill the gaps of bat biodiversity information for Southeast Asia Malaysia €14,838 €23,935
Indonesian butterfly collections at the Museum Zoologi Bogor Indonesia €14,700 €13,900
Expanding the value and reach of plant data mobilization in Pakistan Pakistan €15,000 €16,714
Butterflies of Singapore & Peninsular Malaysia Singapore €14,728 €14,728
Reptile and amphibian specimens at the Bombay Natural History Society India €14,006 €14,828
Plant species occurrences and sampling-event data from Northern Lebanon Lebanon €2,000 €4,000
Vietnamese herbarium cryptogam collections Viet Nam €14,990 €10,070

Project activities will kick off with representatives from all projects attending the upcoming GBIF regional engagement meeting and data mobilization workshop in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in early July.

Managed by the GBIF Secretariat, the BIFA programme is funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan to support network activities in Asia.