SEATTLE, Washington – February 9, 2017 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation has awarded two grants, totaling $473,200, to increase the accessibility of information on the diversity of wild pollinators in Africa, as part of JRS’ program on Pollinator Biodiversity…
Program 2: Pollinator Biodiversity and Services
While pollination is critical to sustaining human nutrition and agricultural livelihoods, studies show a decline in pollinator biodiversity in regions where long-term studies are available. In Africa, the conservation sector lacks the baseline data, effective monitoring methods, information services, and evidence of pollinator status and value to influence policy. Currently, the main end-user of pollinator information is the agriculture sector, which must manage pollination to increase productivity and reduce reliance on chemicals.
Our primary goal for the Pollinator Biodiversity Program is to increase the accessibility and quality of pollinator biodiversity data through a long-term investment in collecting baseline data, developing technologies and methods to do so, and creating data sharing platforms relevant at regional and local levels.
- We are developing grantmaking initiatives in Pollinator Biodiversity Knowledge and in Applied Pollinator Biodiversity Informatics. We seek to support partnerships that advance pollinator data collection methods, shared data platforms, and plant-pollinator data standards.
- Applied pollinator informatics may include the data and technologies to inform the development and practice of more sustainable agriculture and linking biodiversity data to human-caused pressures at local and regional scales.
In 2016, we launched our pollinator program by seeking concept notes for projects. We used those notes to refine our strategy and funded two projects in late 2016 that will be announced in early 2017. We are also happy to share the draft strategy for our work in Pollinators and we invite your comments and questions. We hope that this transparency about our strategy development will engage our stakeholders in a dialogue to ensure we find the best intersection of our mission and the needs to advance the access to data and information about African pollinator biodiversity. Download JRS Emergent Pollinator Strategy 7 July 2016.
Our current program interests can be seen in our 2017 Request for Proposals. Though applications for pollinator data are limited, we are seeking projects related to these three areas for which pollinator information may be relevant to conservation and development policy and practice:
- Data sets for monitoring landscape level climate change impacts;
- Biodiversity assessments and monitoring in agricultural landscapes; and
- Monitoring the impacts of land use management and agricultural productivity strategies.
Technical Scope: We are seeking proposals that solely or predominantly feature Hymenoptera (Bees & Wasps) or Butterflies. Our technical priorities as are:
- Methods: (1) Approaches for large scale/low cost pollinator data collection; (2) Methods for pollinator identification; and (3) Methodology, standards, and database design for plant-pollinator data.
- Platforms: (1) Develop transferrable database and website models; (2) Develop pollinator knowledge platforms; and (3) Online access to field guides and checklists.
- Capacity Development: (1) Baseline datasets; (2) High quality pollinator biodiversity data components of agricultural studies; and (3) Network formation and capacity building.
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