Capacity development for mobilization and use of biodiversity data on endangered bird species in Kenya

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The African white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus) is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Photo 2018 Amaël Borzée via iNaturalist Research-grade Observations, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

This project emphasizes the role of training in establishing a local community of practice for bird conservation professionals and students in Kenya. To improve data acquisition, data analysis and research skills of this community, this project has three main objectives focused on data about endangered bird species in Kenya:

  1. Integrating biodiversity data into conservation decision-making via conservation policy briefs created in collaboration with graduate students, early-career scientists and conservation managers
  2. Enhancing the use of BID data by graduate students and early-career scientists through the publication of peer-reviewed articles
  3. Strengthening the capacity of conservation managers to collect policy-relevant biodiversity data through citizen science

We propose an approach based on a "training of trainers" model that will enhance the capacity of graduate students, early-career scientists and conservation managers while mainstreaming the use of biodiversity data in national conservation-decision making.

We will measure the impact by:

  • the number of graduate students, early-career scientists and conservation managers trained
  • the number of BID datasets downloaded from the GBIF data portal
  • the number of peer-reviewed articles and conservation policy briefs jointly authored by graduate students, early-career scientists and conservation managers and published in reputable journals
  • the number of data records digitized and published during workshops by participating conservancies and early-career scientists
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Type of grant
National biodiversity data mobilization grant
1 April 2021 - 1 March 2023
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David Chiawo
Strathmore University
Ole Sangale Road, Madaraka Estate
200 Nairobi

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