The JRS 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 $1,600,000 among qualifying proposals by July 2018.
Freshwater Biodiversity Scope
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 targeted countries in eastern and southern Africa. Freshwater ecosystems are under threat from expanding agriculture, human settlement, extractive industries, and from climate change. The biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems is critical for the ecosystem services for human wellbeing and livelihoods. Please see the program description at Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources.
Pollinator Biodiversity Scope
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 sub-Saharan Africa. Pollination is one of the most important ecosystem services supporting human life and livelihoods as well as natural biodiversity and primary productivity. Challenges facing pollinator conservation in Africa are many and include inadequate expertise, insufficient data on pollinator status and on pollinator-plant interactions, few risk mitigation options, lack of standard field methods and data standards, and lack of economic evaluations of pollinator services.
We are seeking projects related to these three areas of conservation and development policy and practice for which pollinator information may be highly relevant:
- 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.
See website for more information.