JRS Biodiversity Foundation Announces Eight New Grant Awards
January 13th, 2014

Seattle, Washington – January 13, 2014 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is pleased to announce the award of eight new grants, providing over $1,000,000 in funding over two years to increase access to biodiversity information. “We are excited about the continued investment in the projects of these current JRS grantees,” said Dr. Don Doering, Executive Director of JRS Biodiversity Foundation. “We continue to be inspired by the determined and innovative work of these and our other grantees in the arena of conservation and biodiversity informatics.”

Dr. Daniel Masiga, Chair of the JRS Grants Committee, said “Within this group of grantees, the grants address data collection, training of scientists and community training, and access to biodiversity information through online data portals. These grants embody the JRS Biodiversity Foundation’s mission to enhance knowledge and promote the understanding of biological diversity for the benefit and sustainability of life on earth.” With the award of the following grants, JRS reaffirms its mission, and its commitment to supporting biodiversity informatics in developing economies:

Albertine Rift Conservation Society (Kampala, Uganda) – Albertine Rift Data Mobilization, $100,000.

CyberTracker Conservation NPC (Cape Town, South Africa) – CyberTracker Software and Website Upgrade, $60,000.

Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund (Guanacaste, Costa Rica) – From the Tropical Forest to You: Applied Biodiversity Informatics, $200,000.

IPÊ: Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (São Paulo, Brazil) – Online Information System for the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, $65,000.

Museo Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) – Geospacial Center for Biodiversity, $189,970.

REBIOMA: Wildlife Conservation Society (Antananarivo, Madagascar) – Using Online Technology to Share High Quality Biodiversity Data and Support Conservation, $120,000.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) – Plantas de Colombia Online, $170,000.

University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa) – Documenting South Africa’s Dung Beetle Biodiversity, $145,000.

About the JRS Biodiversity Foundation

Founded in 2004, the JRS Biodiversity Foundation focuses upon supporting biodiversity informatics that are used to preserve and to sustainably manage biodiversity, especially in those developing economies where it is most threatened.  Since 2007, the foundation has awarded $10M in grants. For more information contact Don S. Doering, Executive Director at info@jrsbiodiversity.org, (206) 454-7915.


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