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The GBIF Secretariat has just invited the submission of initial concept notes for the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia or BIFA programme, which funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.

This call for proposals aims to address key challenges that GBIF nodes in Asia have identified in connection with the mobilization and use of biodiversity data in the region. The total potential funding assigned to this call is approximately €105,000, and applicants may request a maximum of €15,000 through BIFA for each project.

Three types of grants are included in the call:

Concept notes must be submitted to the GBIF Secretariat by 20 December 2017.

Read the call for proposals, learn more about the BIFA programme or contact the Secretariat with questions at bifa@gbif.org.

 

From 13-16 March, 2018, the Blue Solutions Initiative will host a 3.5-day fair in Thailand to foster international knowledge exchange and to accelerate action towards combatting climate change in the marine and coastal realm in Southeast Asia. 

Under the topic “Facing the rising tide: sustainable ways to combat climate change for resilient coastal communities and healthy marine ecosystems” practitioners can contribute specific challenges they face. The event will connect practitioners, policy makers and potential funders interested in supporting climate change initiatives to accelerate action and implementation.  

We are currently reaching out to marine practitioners in Southeast Asia to call for specific climate change related challenge they face in the marine realm. We will then invite selected applicants, resource persons, solution providers and donors with the objective to accelerate the implementation of projects, to obtain support for new initiatives and to facilitate networking.

The deadline for applications from marine practitioners (“solution seekers”) is November 19, 2017.

Click here for more information about the Blue Solutions Fair 2018 or get in touch: bluesolutions@giz.de!

 

A new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation. The GloFouling Partnerships project - a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - will address the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling, in other words, the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures.

The project will focus on the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide guidance on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to reduce the transfer of invasive aquatic species.

Marine bio-invasions are the source of significant environmental and socioeconomic impacts that can affect fisheries, mariculture, coastal infrastructure and other development efforts, ultimately threatening livelihoods in coastal communities.

The GloFouling project will build on the success of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project, which worked to build capacity to implement IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The BWM treaty addresses the transfer of potentially invasive aquatic species in the ballast water of ships. The GloFouling Partnerships project concept was approved by the GEF Council in May 2017, with a total funding of US$6.9 million earmarked for implementation. The project is now going through a detailed preparation phase to be resubmitted to the GEF for endorsement before implementation can commence. The full name of the new project will be “Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Minimize the Impacts from Aquatic Biofouling” (GloFouling Partnerships).

The GloFouling project preparation will be undertaken by the IMO Secretariat, which has invited interested Member States to inform the Secretariat of their intention to participate in the new project. Click here for more information about this project.

 

Videos

Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal

On Friday, 9 December 2016, the event “Launch of the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES-Net) Web Portal” took place at the Convention of Biological Diversity COP13. Presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the event, which reviewed a new, cutting-edge platform to build capacity and promote global dialogue among science, policy and practice.

Sturle Hauge Simonsen Interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for BES-Net

Sturle Hauge Simonsen, Head of Communications at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, interviews Solene Le Doze, Capacity Network Coordinator for the UNDP-managed Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) following the formal launch event at CDB COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico.

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