SEATTLE, Washington – December 13, 2018 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation announces two new grant awards, totaling $314,500, to create access to wetlands biodiversity data in Rwanda. These investments support the JRS Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources Program to enable the…
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. Investors in water infrastructure for hydropower and human use also rely on biodiversity and fisheries information to reduce risk and plan development. Scientific researchers in many disciplines also use freshwater biodiversity data as a key component of research involving landscapes, terrestrial ecosystem health, and climate change.
We seek projects in which there is a partnership between knowledge providers and users. Successful applicants for a JRS grant must a strong case that the resulting data and information services will improve human lives and have a positive impact on the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.
- We are pursuing grantmaking initiatives to meet the need to monitor freshwater biodiversity in priority areas for resource conservation, and to increase data access for policy and investment decision making. Grants may focus on creating access to data, developing data systems and mobile technologies, and filling knowledge gaps for conservation purposes, particularly as they apply to vital biodiversity areas.
- Over time, we will work to strengthen informatics systems, accessibility, and use of freshwater biodiversity data for use by policy and investment decision-makers to achieve conservation goals.
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. Since 2016, this program has grown to support 13 projects in East and Southern Africa, committing $2M to projects relating to freshwater biodiversity. 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 most recent 2018 projects are in these areas:
- A planning grant to develop a freshwater biodiversity information system in Rwanda that holds promise for future expansion;
- An assessment of the status of Rwanda’s wetlands;
- Publication of biodiversity data to a new web portal to support conservation and development planning in the Tana River Basin in Kenya;
- An effort to identify Key Biodiversity Areas and publish biodiversity data in Uganda.
Technical Scope: We welcome proposals that will increase the access to freshwater biodiversity data that is valuable to near-term decision-making for conservation and sustainable development. Technical approaches may include but are not limited to mobilizing and enhancing: existing data; new or improved information platforms and services; technologies for data collection and publishing; mobile phone based technologies, and data visualization tools and platforms.
Recent Freshwater News and Stories
Lake Malawi, also called Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, contains more species of fish than any other lake in the world. These fishes are a source of food for millions, provide livelihoods for thousands, support eco-tourism…
SEATTLE, Washington – September 11, 2018 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation announces three new grant awards, totaling $545,000, to support access to freshwater biodiversity data in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. These investments are a part of the JRS Freshwater Biodiversity…
SEATTLE, Washington – 15 November 2017 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation today announced a new $264,100 grant to develop methods for mapping the distribution of both native and non-native tilapia in East Africa. The project will be led by Bangor University professor Dr. George Turner,…
SEATTLE, Washington – 15 November 2017 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is pleased to announce a new $180,900 grant to the University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute (ORI) to implement a pilot project to develop a scalable fisheries monitoring system in…