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Biodiversity Informatics for African Freshwater and Pollinator Biodiversity

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-year projects focused upon biodiversity data, knowledge and information services related to freshwater biodiversity and pollinator biodiversity. The foundation will award about $2,100,000 among qualifying proposals by July 2019.

Freshwater Biodiversity Scope

Freshwater ecosystems are under threat from expanding agriculture, human settlement, extractive industries, and from climate change. The biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems is critical for ecosystem services for human well-being and livelihoods. Please see our program description at Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources.

JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to freshwater biodiversity assessment and the conservation of freshwater ecosystem services in Uganda, Tanzania Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa.

Problem Scope: Successful proposals will address challenges that face freshwater biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Problems (focusing on the biodiversity component) may include but are not limited to (1) assessment of species and ecosystem conservation status, (2) designation or improved management of protected areas, (3) management of fisheries, (4) siting of water and other infrastructure, (5) mitigating impacts of energy and extractive industry development, (6) protection of watersheds for freshwater supply, (7) mobilization of data for and from environmental impact assessments, and (8) trans-boundary management of catchment basins.

Pollinator Biodiversity Scope

Pollination is one of the most important ecosystem services supporting human life and livelihoods as well as natural biodiversity and primary productivity.

JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to pollinator biodiversity assessment and the conservation of pollinator services in Uganda, Tanzania Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, and SouthAfrica.

Problem Scope: Successful proposals will address challenges facing pollinator conservation in Uganda, Tanzania Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa. Challenges to creating access to pollinators data are many and include inadequate expertise, insufficient data on pollinator status and on pollinator-plant interactions, few options to mitigate risks to pollinators, lack of standard field methods and data standards, and lack of economic evaluations of pollinator services.

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