The GBIF Secretariat has announced the 23 projects in sub-Saharan Africa chosen as the first recipients of funding from the EU-funded Biodiversity Information for Development programme (BID).
The 3 regional, 10 national and 10 small grants provide a total of €972,156 in funding to recipients from 34 organizations and 20 African countries, which will leverage €817,369 in co-funding from other sources. An international panel selected them after a multi-stage process that initially drew 143 applications from 34 of the 48 eligible countries.
The selected projects range across not only diverse geographies but also many thematic areas. The proposed collaborations will seek to build institutional capacity, to mobilize data on Red Listed species and targeted groups of species, and to digitize and share data from museum collections, parks and protected areas. Others harvest species data from activities focused on human health, food security and the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
“It’s exciting to reach this first milestone for BID, in part because the programme aligns so well with GBIF’s approach to mobilizing biodiversity data,” said Donald Hobern, GBIF executive secretary. “We look forward to seeing significant increases to both capacity and content as a result of these projects.”
BID is a multi-year, €3.9 million programme funded by the European Union and led by GBIF, which aims to increase the amount of biodiversity information available for use in scientific research and policymaking in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
GBIF will issue the next BID calls for proposals, focused on the Caribbean and Pacific Islands, later in 2016. A final call for sub-Saharan Africa is planned for 2017.
Regional distribution of ACP countries represented in selected projects
West Africa: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo
Central Africa: Cameroon, DR Congo, Gabon
Eastern and Southern Africa: Madagascar, Zimbabwe
East African Community: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Southern Africa Development Community: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa
List of selected projects
Capacity building and biodiversity data mobilization for conservation, sustainable use, and decision making in Africa and Madagascar (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal and United States)
African Insect Atlas: Unleashing the potential of insects in conservation and sustainability research in Africa (Madagascar, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa)
This programme is funded by the European Union._