JRS Funding

TAWIRI received a grant of US$ 275,000/= from JRS Biodiversity Foundation to implement a project on impacts of climate change on montane forest pollinators

Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) has been granted U$ 275,000/= by JRS-Biodiversity Foundation, to implement a three-year project (2018-2021) on assessing the impacts of climate change on montane forest pollinators at a landscape level, in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania. This funding will enable TAWIRI and research partners in understanding the impacts of climate change on tropical pollinators. Knowledge about the impact of climate change on pollinators is quite limited, especially so in Sub‐Saharan Africa.
Led by TAWIRI, the project will be implemented in collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam, College of African Wildlife Management at Mweka, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, Usambara Field Studies Centre, and Natural History Museum of Utah (USA). This collaboration will construct and update climatic, elevational range and demographic databases that will be used to assess historical elevational range shifts in pollinating bird and butterfly species in the Usambara and Uluguru Mountains; and identify impacts of climate change on the demography of flower-pollinating bird and butterfly species. In these ecosystems, wild pollinators pollinate many species used in daily life by local communities.
The funding will enable TAWIRI to develop an open‐access web portal on the TAWIRI website where climatic, elevational range, and demographic databases can be accessed using the Biodiversity Information Management Tool (BIMT). The project findings and databases will be shared with the public and decision-makers to inform future conservation actions.
JRS Biodiversity Foundation: The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is an independent grant making foundation based in Seattle, Washington, USA with a mission to increase access to and use of information that will lead to greater biodiversity conservation and more sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Contact information:
Dr. Devolent Mtui
Project manager
Birds and Butterfly Pollinators Project
Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute
Email address: devolent.mtui@tawiri.or.tz