A Rocha helps protect 450,000 hectares of biodiversity-rich but threatened forests across four African landscapes with a national organisation leading the work in their own country. Mobilizing, sharing and using biodiversity data lies at the heart of the organization's interventions.
Yet a wealth of data remain locked-up and unaccessible in collections and reports which, if digitized and published through GBIF, could be used for decision-making, both now and in the future.
Through access to and optimal use of data, this project seeks to protect the important forests of each landscape notably the Atewa forest of Ghana, the forests of the Kwande and Oban-Liku in Nigeria, West Bugwe in Uganda and the coastal forests and kayas of Kenya—all of international conservation importance.
Existing GBIF publishers A Rocha Kenya, A Rocha Ghana, Kenya Wildlife Service and National Museums of Kenya will look to build capacity in partners including the African Butterfly Research Institute and the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) through accessing and digitizing data and putting them to good use.
The project will help to create the best “body of evidence” possible to guide the conservation work and policy decisions of our focal landscapes by:
- strengthening the capacity of at least 10 African organisations in data mobilization
- unlocking over 100,000 species occurrence records
- creating relevant and applicable tools to interpret data
- putting these data at the heart of decisions by NGOs and government agencies for the sustainable management of important African forest landscapes.