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Overview Pollinator Biodiversity & 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.

Pollinator News and Stories

Pollinator Grants

Project Title

Grantee

Amount / Months

Year

College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka
$249,943 / 36 months
2017
Royal Museum for Central Africa
$209,000 / 36 Months
2016
National Museums of Kenya
$264,200 / 36 Months
2016
Institute of Ecology at National Autonomous University of Mexico
$162,500 / 30 Months
2014
Field Museum of Natural History
$90,095 / 46 Months
2012
Wildlife Conservation Society
$81,620 / 15 Months
2012
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
$198,000 / 24 Months
2011

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