Completed Projects

Pilot Projects

Cooperation for the Development of Ecosystem - Natural Capital Accounts in Francophone African Developing Countries
Country
Description
Canada

Proponent
Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
After initial training in ecosystem accounting at a summer school at UQAM, representatives of a number of francophone African countries (Burkina Faso, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia) convened two workshops to develop a cooperation project on the development of economic valuation tools for biodiversity and national ecosystem-based accounting systems.

The 'Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas' are available here:
tourism-partnerships-protected-areas-web.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-cirad-pilot-project-final-report.pdf
Transfer DNA Bar-Coding Analysis Technology for Biodiversity Monitoring
Country
Description
Republic of Korea

Proponent
National Institute of Biological Resources of Korea (NIBR)
NIBR facilitated the transfer of DNA bar-coding analysis technology for biodiversity monitoring to countries in demand, with technical support from the Genome Analysis Center of National Instrumentation Center for Environmental Management (NICEM) at Seoul National University. A technical workshop on DNA barcoding analysis and a roundtable discussion were held to identify obstacles and future needs in the application of this technology.

The final project report is available here:
bbi-nibr-pilot-project-presentation.pdf
Sustainable Management of ASEAN Heritage Parks through Valuing and Improving Eco-Tourism
Country
Description
Republic of Korea

Proponent
Korea Environment Institute (KEI)
The Korea Environment Institute (KEI), in collaboration with ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and Korea National Park Service (KNPS), applied an innovative modeling approach using social big data to examine the current status of management of Heritage Parks. This, in turn, supported the development of related management strategies encouraging eco-tourism that enhances cultural services (e.g. recreation, education), focusing on eco-tourism that safeguards biodiversity for the countries and regions where there were only limited field data.

The final project report is available here:
bbi-kei-pilot-project-final-report.pdf
Development of Policies for Tourist Concessions Within Southern African National Parks Systems
Country
Description
South Africa

Proponent
IUCN TAPAS Group.
IUCN's Tourism and Parks Specialist Group (TAPAS) facilitated cooperation between protected area authorities in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa which have efficient tourism concession systems and counterpart agencies in Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania, which are at early stages of private concessioning/partnerships in protected areas and need support. The project enabled the latter countries to undertake feasibility studies and pilot cases and develop their own policies and systems for tourism concessions in protected areas.

The final project report is available here:
bbi-iucn-tapas-pilot-project-final-report.pdf

First Round

Transfer of DNA Barcoding Technology for Genetic Inventory and Identification of Rare and Endangered Species
Country
Description
Belarus

Proponent
Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Collaborators

Armenia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine
The objective of this project was to promote cooperation between Belarus and other Central and Eastern European countries and Central Asian Republics (Armenia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine) on the use of modern molecular genetic technologies, such as DNA barcoding, for the identification of species taxonomy and monitoring of biodiversity. Catalytic support through the Bio-Bridge Initiative contributed to increased institutional capacities of key stakeholders within the region on the use of this technology, the establishment of a Regional Reference Library of DNA Barcodes, and the strengthening of scientific networks that are better equipped to promote the application of DNA barcoding in the region.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-belarus-final-report.pdf
Promoting Cooperation to Protect Traditional Knowledge through a Defensive Strategy in China and Other Countries in Asia
Country
Description
China

Proponents
Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences
and
China Institute for Environment and Resource Protection of Minority Area at the Minzu University of China
This project aims to foster cooperation between China and other Asian countries (Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam) on the documentation and protection of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources in the framework of the Nagoya Protocol. Support from the Bio-Bridge Initiative will lead to (i) documentation of the traditional knowledge and a series of case studies associated with biological and genetic resources in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province; and (ii) long-term cooperation on traditional knowledge within the region based on lessons learned and best practices with institutions doing similar work in Asia.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-china-final-report.pdf
Cooperation on Biodiversity Data Management for Species and Ecosystem Assessments
Country
Description
Colombia

Proponent
Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt

Collaborators

Brazil, Mexico, South Africa
This project was designed to facilitate cooperation between Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa to enhance biodiversity data management for species and ecosystem assessments. BBI support helped to develop tools and facilitate the adoption of standards for compiling and disseminating biological information through national biodiversity information systems and platforms; improve biodiversity information management, storage, and use; and translate science to support policymaking. The project also supported the development of a conceptual framework to guide the development of quantitative and qualitative indicators for evaluating the state of biodiversity and ecosystem integrity.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-colombia-final-report.pdf
Cooperation for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of the Territory in the South of Chile: Municipality Of Panguipulli
Country
Description
Costa Rica

Proponent
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad of Costa Rica

Collaborators

Chile
The overall objective of this undertaking was to foster long-term cooperation between Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad and the Municipality of Panguipulli on the conservation and sustainable management of the territory. Cooperation entailed capacity strengthening and exchange of positive experiences in terms of establishing a territory management experience oriented to the conservation of biodiversity and local productive development, respecting and integrating scientific and traditional knowledge. This project created a joint vision among territorial management actors about what should be, and should be understood as, sustainable management of the territory. It helped develop a project aimed at addressing the most important needs to achieve sustainable territorial management aimed at the provision of ecosystem services. It also facilitated the establishment of agreements with relevant actors for the development of the long-term project.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf
(please note that this document is only available in Spanish)

The final project report is available here:
bbi-chile-final-report.pdf (please note that this document is only available in Spanish)
Cooperation for Development of Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts in Anglophone West African Countries
Country
Description
Ghana

Proponent
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation

Collaborators

Gambia (the), Nigeria, Sierra Leone
This project sought to foster technical and scientific cooperation between Ghana and other Anglophone West African countries (Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) on natural resources valuation and Ecosystem-Natural Capital Accounting. The Bio-Bridge Initiative contributed to the development of national and regional capacities to take full account of the contribution of natural resources and ecosystem services in national accounting systems and to GDP. This gave countries the opportunity to measure and value the environment to support sound macroeconomic policies for development.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-ghana-final-report.pdf
Asian Big Cats’ Conservation through Technology Sharing and the Use of Unified DNA Typing Methodology
Country
Description
India

Proponent
Amity Institute of Wildlife Sciences, Amity University (India)

Collaborators

Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (Republic of Korea)
The project aimed to foster cooperation between institutions in India and the Republic of Korea in the use of technologies (including DNA tying methodology and microsatellite markers) to promote the conservation of the Asian big cats (tiger, lion, leopard, snow leopard, and clouded leopard) and combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade. It supported the establishment of wildlife genetics facilities in regional institutes and the development of capacity to apply consistent methodologies and protocols for genetic characterization of wild populations, which is a prerequisite for identification of the geographic origin of the wildlife seizures.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-india-final-report.pdf
Integrating Biodiversity Values into National, Sectoral and Local Development Policies and Plans in Malawi and Uganda
Country
Description
Malawi

Proponent
Department of Environmental Affairs (Malawi)

Collaborators

National Environment Management Authority (Uganda)
The overall objective of this project was to foster long-term cooperation between Malawi and Uganda on the assessment and integration of biodiversity values into national, sectoral and local development policies, plans and accounting systems. Specifically, the Bio-Bridge Initiative supported consultative meetings, technical training and experience-sharing between experts of the two countries with a view to create stronger partnerships and deeper cooperation on these issues in the project area.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-malawi-final-report.pdf
Establishment of an African Legal Network on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Morocco and Participating French-Speaking African Countries
Country
Description
Morocco

Proponent
State Secretary for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development (Morocco)

Collaborators

UNDP, IDLO, Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Niger, DR Congo, Rwanda
This project contributed to the establishment of a network of 10 French-speaking African countries (Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Morocco) with a view to promoting the design and implementation of ABS legislative, administrative and policy measures. The network complements ongoing capacity development activities by facilitating exchange of knowledge and experiences of highly qualified ABS legal experts through South-South cooperation in the targeted countries.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf


The final project report is available here:
bbi-morocco-final-report.pdf
Development of a Biodiversity Genetic Database and Use of DNA Barcoding Technology for Identification of Alien and Endangered Species
Country
Description
Zimbabwe

Proponent
National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe

Collaborators

Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia
The scope of the project was to strengthen regional collaboration on the establishment of a regional biobank of invasive alien species. Catalytic support through the Bio-Bridge Initiative focused on the strengthening of institutional capacities in Zimbabwe through collaboration with subject matter experts from South Africa and Botswana, and the subsequent development of a detailed proposal for a follow-up long-term cooperation project on the establishment of a multilateral biobank of alien invasive species in the Southern African Development Community region. The Bio-Bridge Initiative supported collaboration among relevant stakeholders through training, on-the-job learning, mentorship, and sharing of available infrastructure and equipment.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference:
TOR.pdf

The final project report is available here:
bbi-zimbabwe-final-report.pdf

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