The JRS Biodiversity Foundation has awarded $299,630 to The Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB), hosted at the University of Rwanda. CoEB will use this grant award to develop a Rwandan Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (RBIS)…
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
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release CONTACT: Don S. Doering, Executive Director at email@example.com, (206) 454-7915. New JRS Grants to Advance Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems in Africa SEATTLE, Washington – SEPTEMBER 19,2019 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation announces three new grant awards, totaling…
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release CONTACT: Don S. Doering, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 454-7915. The JRS Biodiversity Foundation Announces Grant to Support Data-Based Journalism on Biodiversity in the Nile Basin SEATTLE, Washington – August 30, 2019 – The JRS…
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…
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