SEATTLE, Washington – February 15, 2017– JRS Biodiversity Foundation proudly announces a grant of $252,000 to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that will enhance the access to biodiversity knowledge of Lake Malawi (also known as Lake…
Overview: Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources
Freshwater resources in Africa are insecure in quantity and quality, and water resource development is a high priority for governments and international donors. Audiences for data and knowledge of freshwater biodiversity include the conservation sector to help in the protection of wetlands and influence policy decisions and investors in water infrastructure for hydropower and human use, who rely on biodiversity and fisheries information to reduce risk and plan development.
We seek projects in which there is a partnership between knowledge providers and users. Further, the partnership must make a strong case that the resulting data and information services will improve human lives, and have a positive impact on conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.
- We are developing grantmaking initiatives in Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment and in Freshwater Safeguarding Informatics. We aim to address the urgent need for better freshwater biodiversity assessment. Grants may focus on developing data systems and mobile technologies, and filling knowledge gaps for conservation purposes, particularly as they apply to vital biodiversity areas that lie in the path of or support human development.
- Over time, we will work to strengthen informatics systems and multiple sectors’ access to and use of freshwater biodiversity data. Grants will seeks to improve how Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for important infrastructure investments use biodiversity data and to mobilize existing EIA data.
In 2016, JRS launched its Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources Program with a call for proposals that sought biodiversity informatics projects that brought together data providers and knowledge users and that built capacity for biodiversity information systems. We have approved five grants in the program to-date and, as of January 2017, three have been announced and two will be announced very soon – please see the grant list below. To-date our grants cover these areas and reflect our interest in information systems, projects that create access to existing and new data, projects that can serve as hubs for training, and projects that engage the end-user of the biodiversity knowledge. The projects are in these areas:
- A planning grant for a riverine information system for the Cape Floristic Region that holds promise for future expansion;
- A planning grant for an information system for RAMSAR sites in Zambia, primarily hosting bird data;
- A grant to expand and update a biodiversity information system for the Okavango Delta in Botswana;
- A grant for citizen science collection of dragonfly data to map critical areas of odonata biodiversity in South Africa (to be announced); and
- A grant for Red List assessment of freshwater biodiversity in one of the African Great Lakes (to be announced).
As those projects progress, we will share reports and lessons learned here.
Freshwater News and Stories
SEATTLE, Washington – February 9, 2017 – JRS Biodiversity Foundation is proud to announce a grant of $215,900 to the University of Cape Town (UCT) to develop an atlas of dragonflies and damselflies of South Africa, as a contribution to…
SEATTLE, Washington – January 10, 2017 – JRS Biodiversity Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support the efforts of University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute (ORI) to protect one of the planet’s greatest wetlands. The grant of $111,600 to ORI…
SEATTLE, Washington – SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is pleased to announce two new planning grants, totaling $45,000, to support project development of freshwater biodiversity information systems in Zambia and in South Africa. Both projects are part…
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