The AFD-GDN Biodiversity and Development Awards program is a global competitive research program jointly launched by the Global Development Network (GDN) and the French Development Agency (AFD), as part of its ECOPRONAT program.
We are currently facing a biodiversity crisis, with a significant decline in the variety and abundance of species and ecosystems worldwide. According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), one million species are threatened with extinction due to human activities such as habitat loss, overexploitation, pollution, and climate change.
From the inception, this research program offers awarded researchers a unique opportunity to work with a dedicated scientific-technical advisor throughout the implementation of their projects. This tailored support ensures that researchers receive guidance and expertise to successfully carry out their research, assess and overcome challenges and achieve project goals.
Five Individual and two collaborative research projects being implemented in five countries received a three-year research grant to conduct their proposed project, along with receiving scientific mentoring throughout the duration of the program.
The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) concluded the negotiations for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework during COP15. The framework includes a commitment from the world to take action by 2030 to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, with a vision of living in harmony with nature by 2050.