SEATTLE, Washington – September 18, 2018 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation announces two new grant awards, totaling $306,510, to support pollinator biodiversity data in Tanzania. These investments are a part of the JRS Pollinator Biodiversity and Resources Program, committed to…
Pollination is critical to sustaining human nutrition and agricultural livelihoods. Studies show a decline in pollinator biodiversity in regions such as North America and Europe 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 or contribute to global assessments. 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 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.
- Our grantmaking initiatives aim to meet needs in Africa to establish pollinator biodiversity baselines, assessment tools, and data sharing platforms.
- We seek to increase the ability of the agriculture sector to use biodiversity data collection and assessment tools to make the case for pollinator management and improved practices.
In 2016, we launched our pollinator program. Since the program began, we have funded projects that strive to bring pollinator biodiversity data to the public. We have funded six projects, committing $1,400,000. We are 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. The most recent 2018 projects are in these areas:
- A grant to assess changing climate’s effects on native pollinators in the Eastern Arc Mountains and share data with decision-makers.
- A planning grant to adapt the Atlas of Living Australia to serve Tanzania’s coastal forest pollinator biodiversity data.
Technical Scope: We welcome proposals that focus on any significant pollinator group. We have an interest in building our grant portfolio related to Hymenoptera (bees & wasps) or Lepidoptera (butterflies). Our technical priorities 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) Biodiversity informatics expertise; (2) Baseline datasets; (3) High-quality pollinator biodiversity data components of agricultural studies; and (4) Network formation and capacity building.
Recent Pollinator News and Stories
In November 2017, partners of the JRS Biodiversity Project “PINDIP” held a two-week training course in dipterology (the study of the two-winged or "true flies" for you non-dipterologists). The course provided researchers with a basic training on the identification and ecology…
SEATTLE, Washington – January 24, 2018 – The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is proud to announce a new $324,000 award to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) to develop an African Pollinator Plant Interaction (APPI) database, a public platform containing pollinator-plant interaction records. Pollinator biodiversity loss is occurring worldwide, predominately due to the…
The JRS funded project Assessment of Lepidoptera Pollinator Species Diversity in East Africa, led by Dr. Esther Kioko, is injecting new life into biodiversity thinking by supporting three graduate students studying pollinator biology at the National Museums of Kenya, Makerere University…
SEATTLE, Washington – 31 October 2017 –The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support the efforts of the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Mweka to develop and implement a monitoring program for Tanzanian pollinator species. This…