In 2015 the European Union announced funding for the multi-year, €3.9 million program Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), led by GBIF. Its aim is to increase the amount of biodiversity information available from the so-called APC (African, Caribbean and Pacific region) nations. The first call for proposals from sub-Saharan Africa, brought in 143 initial concept notes for projects coordinated from 34 African countries. The GBIF Secretariat selected 23 projects with a total funding of €1 million and announced them earlier this week.
The selected projects range across not only diverse geographies but also many thematic areas. The proposed collaborations will seek to build institutional capacity, to mobilize data on Red Listed species and targeted groups of species, and to digitize and share data from museum collections, parks and protected areas. Others harvest species data from activities focused on human health, food security and the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.