Five Pacific Island projects selected to receive BID funding

Two regional, two national projects and one ‘small grant’ to receive €361,435 in funding while leveraging €250,000 in co-funding.

Coral, Solomon Islands, by Kelsey Schwenk

Coral, Solomon Islands. Photo by Kelsey Schwenk licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

The BID: Biodiversity Information for Development programme has entered a new stage as five new projects kick off in the Pacific Islands.

Collectively, the projects will receive €361,435 in funding from the European Union while leveraging just over €250,000 of co-funding from numerous other sources. Each of the five will apply its funding toward BID's goal of increasing the amount of biodiversity information available in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Members of the project teams are developing skills in data mobilization, as well as discussing wider issues around sharing biodiversity data from the Pacific Islands region, during the joint workshop and regional meeting in Apia, Samoa, between 23 and 28 July, hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The following projects have been selected for the BID programme's Pacific phase:

These projects join 30 more previously funded through the BID programme—22 in Africa, 8 in the Caribbean. A second and final round of projects in Africa will be selected from shortlisted candidates invited to submit proposals recently, with an announcement expected in October 2017.

This programme is funded by the European Union.