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African Technology Policy Studies Network

“Biodiversity Informatics Policy Landscape ”
$50,050 / 01/01/2015 - 6/30/2016

Background: Public policies influence the value and use of biodiversity data and knowledge. For example, policies can promote the use of biodiversity information for conservation decisions, create incentives for biodiversity data-sharing, and foster data generation that is responsive to decision-makers’ needs. However, little prior research has evaluated African public policy through the lens of access to

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Albertine Rift Conservation Society (2011)

“Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal”
$196,075 / 7/1/11 - 6/30/13

Background: One of ARCOS’ pillars is promoting effective mechanisms for biodiversity information sharing in the Albertine Rift region to guide decision-making. Since 2011, JRS Biodiversity Foundation has been supporting ARCOS through the project “Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal – Building competence for biodiversity Information Systems in the Albertine Rift region”. The first phase of this project ended in…

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Albertine Rift Conservation Society (2013)

“Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal”
$100,000 / 12/15/13 - 3/14/15

For information on the proceeding phase of this grant, please click here. Background: Building on the momentum gained with the previous JRS support to develop the Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal and build capacity in data management, mechanisms for data collection and sharing will be enhanced involving strategically selected institutions, local experts and volunteers. The project will upgrade

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CAB International

“East African Invasive Species”
$182,210 / 6/15/12 - 6/14/15

Background: Invasive Alien Species (IAS) pose the 2nd biggest threat to biodiversity after habitat destruction. East Africa’s biodiversity resources are under threat from the spread of IAS. This threat is poorly understood, however, with little currently known about the presence of invasive species or their impact (see Lyons and Miller, 2000). With the aim of helping national authorities to protect biodiversity by…

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California Academy of Sciences

“Digitizing Southwestern-African Herpetological Collections”
$180,000 / 7/1/14-6/30/15

Angola and Namibia form a hotspot for amphibian and reptile diversity, together encompassing a complete faunal turnover from arid to equatorial African biotas. Most primary biodiversity data for species in these countries remain inaccessible. Decades of civil war in Angola coupled with a lack, in both countries, of expertise in biodiversity informatics means that much of the scientific collections that …

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Colorado State University

“Living Atlas of East African Flora”
$168,061 / 6/15/12 - 12/15/14

Background: East Africa is home to unique and diverse plant communities. Ethiopia is rich in plant diversity, consisting of 6,000+ documented species, almost 20% endemic. However, no centralized, publicly available portal exists to collect, aggregate, update, synthesize, disseminate, and visualize plant species occurrence and diversity data for the region.