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

Proponents
Ministry of Environment
and
Science
and
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

Proponents
Amity Institute of Wildlife Sciences
and
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

Proponents
State Secretary for Sustainable Development
and
Ministry of Energy
and
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

Second Round

Development of a Methodology to Acquire a Spatiotemporal Series of Physicochemical Parameters of the Coastal Marine Environment of Benin
Country
Description
Benin

Proponents
Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB
and
Benin)

Collaborators

Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Benin), Royal Institute of Natural Science of Belgium (Belgium)
The objective of this project was to foster cooperation between the Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin, the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on the development of a methodology to obtain reliable scientific data for the management and conservation of aquatic resources in Benin. The project consisted in manufacturing Arduino sensors capable of measuring key physicochemical parameters for water quality, such as temperature, salinity, acidity and dissolved oxygen levels. The sensors were tested in the marine and lacustrine environment around Cotonou in Benin, as a first step towards constructing habitat suitability maps for different species of interest. The team will seek additional funding to work on solutions to issues identified this project and eventually develop a product that could be proposed to laboratories working with this type of data. The final project report is available here: bbi-benin-final-report-fr.pdf
Files: TOR.pdf
LEAP: Leveraging Ecosystem-Based Approaches for Priority-Setting (South Atlantic Coast)
Country
Description
Brazil

Proponent
Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil)

Collaborators

Federal University of Rio Grande (Brazil), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina), Universidad de la República (Uruguay), Commission on Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The objective of this project was to create a panel of experts from Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina to apply the Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) framework, an innovative risk assessment methodology developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for mapping and identifying endangered coastal and marine ecosystems. Under the leadership of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, project partners conducted the assessment of sand dune fields, which were selected as a regional ecosystem that provides important services, such as shoreline protection, groundwater table maintenance and habitat for several species. This joint investigation aimed to improve understanding of these ecosystems and define essential services as conservation targets to provide a common basis for political stakeholders in the region, and to institutionalize science-based decision-making. The group of 15 experts constituted as part of this project expressed its willingness to continue with the initiative, as more time and data are necessary to improve the assessment based on functional variables. The final project report is available here: bbi-brazil-final-report.pdf
Files: TOR.pdf
Chimpface: Using Animal Facial Recognition Technology to Combat Internet-Facilitated Wildlife Trafficking
Country
Description
Liberia

Proponent
Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (Liberia)

Collaborators

Jane Goodall Institute (UK), Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (USA), Save the Chimps (USA), Project to End Great Ape Slavery (Kenya), Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Sierra Leone), Centre de Conservation pour Chimpanzés (Guinea), Great Ape Protection (Brazil), ChimpFace (USA), Conservation X Labs (USA), Microsoft (USA)
The objective of this project was to support the development of “ChimpFace”, an effective facial recognition technology tool to combat wildlife trafficking, beginning with chimpanzees and ultimately expanding to include additional species. The tool consists in a web-based platform capable of identifying which Internet images or videos contain chimpanzees, as well as the individual chimpanzee in each image or video. Cooperation entailed the exchange of expertise and data among institutions working on ape protection towards the development of a final product that would allow image recognition to be used for the first time to survey the Internet for evidence of chimpanzee trafficking. The chimpanzee identification aspect of the tool is envisioned as a pilot phase. With additional funding, the intention is to scale up to include additional species of interest through image recognition and keyword detection capabilities, in order to be able to detect online wildlife trafficking of different target species.
Files:
Development of Institutional Synergy to Enable Inventorying and Cultivation of Priority Species for Conservation in the Southern Africa Region
Country
Description
Namibia

Proponent
Ministry of Environment and Tourism (Republic of Namibia)

Collaborators

National Botanical Research Institute of Namibia (NBRI) (under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry), University of Namibia (UNAM), Herbarium of Lubango (LUBA) in Angola (under the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação da Huila, ISCED), African Centre for DNA Barcoding in South Africa
This cooperation project aimed to address the unsustainable exploitation of medicinal plants of the Apocynaceae family, which recently became popular in northern Namibia and southern Angola. Specifically, the project endeavoured to conduct traditional and molecular-based taxonomic work to clarify the identity and phylogeny of the targeted species and contribute to an existing public DNA sequence database, with a view to establishing initiatives to reduce pressure on the wild resource and providing legal protection to the species in Namibia and other range states. In addition, this project strengthened institutional collaboration within Namibia and with neighbouring countries to facilitate exchange of expertise and access to biotechnology in the region. The project will continue to seek additional funding to further the work started in this first phase and capitalize on the local and regional network that has been built. The final project report is available here: bbi-namibia-final-report.pdf
Files: TOR.pdf
Enhancing Cooperation among Central and Eastern European Countries on Climate Change and Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions
Country
Description
Republic of Moldova

Proponents
Biodiversity Office of the Ministry of Agriculture
and
Regional Development and Environment (Republic of Moldova)

Collaborators

Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
This cooperation project aimed to foster a dialogue among key institutions from Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia on nature-based adaptation to climate change, with a view to protecting the biodiversity of the region. The project partners discussed the main climate change threats to the natural ecosystems in their respective countries, including natural hazards such as drought, floods, hail or landslides, whose consequences have been exacerbated by overexploitation and inappropriate land use practices. The main barriers and needs identified by the partners, as well as the suggested solutions to improve resilience to climate change, were captured in a series of national concept notes to be later developed into ecosystem-based adaptation solution projects to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for funding. The future long-term cooperation between participating countries will be maintained through networking between participants, GCF national focal points and relevant organizations. A roadmap detailing the main steps and activities, future actions, responsible agencies and timeframe has been developed as part of the project.
Files: TOR.pdf
the Lesser Flamingo: Saving an African Icon
Country
Description
Senegal

Proponent
National Parks Directorate under the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Republic of Senegal)

Collaborators

Tour du Valat, Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA), BirdLife International, International Space Station (NASA)
This project was designed to bring together key institutions, namely the National Parks Directorate of Senegal, the French-based research institute Tour du Valat, the Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA), and BirdLife International, to study the migratory movements and critical breeding and other sites of the Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) in Senegal. This migratory species is under threat throughout its flyways. Lack of understanding of their movements and critical sites means that there is little information available to design adequate protection measures. The project partners are working together to ring and satellite-tag a number of specimens, with a view to monitoring them and sharing data to feed into appropriate decision-making in relation to the protection of the species.
Files: TOR.pdf
Urban Nature: Green Infrastructure in ASEAN Cities
Country
Description
Singapore

Proponents
National Parks Board (NParks
and
Singapore)

Collaborators

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand (MONRE), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, ICLEI-CBC
This project aimed to foster cooperation among cities within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to integrate green infrastructure and urban biodiversity in their planning and development. Under the guidance of Singapore and Thailand, which are the lead countries on promoting urban biodiversity initiatives for the ASEAN Action Plan on Environmentally Sustainable Cities, representatives of ASEAN member States and relevant organizations worked on developing a 2019-2025 ASEAN work programme on green infrastructure and urban biodiversity (AWP-UGI/UB). During the course of the project, the European Union expressed interest in funding the implementation of some of the key priority areas of the AWP-UGI/UB. This led to the launch in 2020 of the €5 million Smart Green ASEAN Cities initiative, which combines city-level solutions with national capacity-building and regional approaches, such as the ASEAN Smart City Network. The final project report is available here: bbi-singapore-final-report.pdf
Files: TOR.pdf
Remote Animal Monitoring Solution (RAMS)
Country
Description
South Africa

Proponent
Transfrontier Africa NPC

Collaborators

Cisco South Africa, Netherlands Institute for Crime and Law Enforcement, Southern African Wildlife College, Greater Kruger National Park
This project is designed to address the lack of ability to monitor rhinoceros visiting open landscapes across multiple boundaries, which renders anti-poaching measures difficult. Transfrontier Africa and its partners have developed a technological solution involving a cutting-edge combination of subcutaneous sensors and horn transmitters connecting to a LoRa gateway network for real-time monitoring. As part of this project, project partners propose to conduct a Proof of Concept with the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit in Greater Kruger National Park and design the Standard Operating Procedures and protocols for roll-out into the adjacent protected areas, including in neighbouring rhinoceros range states (Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, United Republic of Tanzania, and Zimbabwe).
Files: TOR.pdf
Establishing a Molecular-Based System for Complementing Taxonomic Research Efforts on Sri Lankan Angiosperm Flora and Species Inventorying
Country
Description
Sri Lanka

Proponent
National Herbarium (under the Department of National Botanic Gardens) (Sri Lanka)

Collaborators

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (United Kingdom), University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
The objective of this project was to bring together the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka, the University of Colombo, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on strengthening research on flora native of Sri Lanka. Cooperation has included the provision of expertise from experienced institutions to build the institutional and staff capacities of the National Herbarium and several other national institutions on the use of modern molecular methods and technologies to pursue research on Sri Lanka’s angiosperm flora and provide baseline genetic data for the conservation of diversity and the promotion of sustainable use of plant resources. In the longer term, the project partners aim to set up a DNA banking unit for future use and data mining of Sri Lanka flora, as well as establish a regional collaborative network of scientists that can provide advice and recommendations on issues related to this field of expertise. The final project report is available here: bbi-sri-lanka-final-report.pdf
Files: TOR.pdf
Laying the Foundations for an Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership on Community Mapping and Monitoring in Asia
Country
Description
Thailand

Proponent
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

Collaborators

The Forest Peoples Programme and indigenous peoples and local communities in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam
This project was implemented in two phases. The first phase brought together representatives of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and partner organizations from seven nations, including Chinese Taipei, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to agree on the establishment of a regional network called Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA). IKPA is designed to facilitate the sharing of indigenous peoples’ collective actions and innovations, as well as contributions to relevant international processes, such as the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the Local Biodiversity Outlooks, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The second phase focused on operationalizing IKPA in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. This work consisted in identifying target local communities and organizing a series of workshops to discuss issues of concern and developing recommendations for future actions and collaboration through the network. AIPP will continue to support country partners to strengthen local actions and initiatives of indigenous peoples, as well as to build their capacity to effectively engage with policymakers at different levels. The final project report is available here: bbi-thailand-final-report.pdf
Files: TOR.pdf

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