domingo, 16 de septiembre de 2012

Blog/Facebook de la Flora de Murcia

Ejemplares de Asparagus maritimus en el paraje del acequión de Marchamalo. Foto: José Antonio López Espinosa

Para quienes estés en Facebook, José Antonio López Espinosa abrió hace algún tiempo su página de dedicada a la flora de la Región de Murcia, con especial atención a las especies amenazadas, que encontraréis en la diurección . Quedáis invitados/as a visitarla regularmente.

Pie de la rarísima Capparis zoharyi -determinada tamnbién como C. aegyptiaca-, especie que parece presentar en Murcia sus escasísimas poblaciones españolas.

domingo, 9 de septiembre de 2012

Becas, premios y otras oportunidades internacionales de financiación

Desde diversos grupos de expertos de UICN se nos ha remitido una lista de convocatorias de becas y ayudas a proyectos que pueden ser de vuestro interés y que indicamos a continuación. En muchos casos son ayudas para trabajos en otros países, pero es posible que estéis interesados/as en su desarrollo o en transmitir la información a equipos de esos otros sitios. Para los casos en que las fechas de convocatoria están ya pasadas, suele tratarse de programas con convocatorias que se repiten anualmente, por lo que podréis contactar más adelante. Pasamos el mensaje tal y como ha llegado (en inglés), excluyendo sólo loas indicaciones para proyectos que excluyen o no incluyen posible trabajos con plantas/hongos silvestres o vegetación.

Christensen Fund -- Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity 2012. The Christensen Fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organizations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity. In 2012, the Foundation will support projects in the following bio-cultural regions: Greater Southwest (USA/Mexico); African Rift Valley; Central Asia; and Melanesia. Most grants are in the range of US$50 thousand to US$100 thousand for one or two years. Pre-proposals should be submitted from 01 August 2012 to 30 September 2012. Link
British Ecological Society -- Research Grants and Outreach Grants. The BES makes Research Grants in support of scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Small projects can be awarded up to £5 thousand, and early-career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20 thousand. There are no restrictions on nationality or residence of applicants, or where they carry out their research work. Additionally, BES offers Outreach Grants of up to £2 thousand to encourage its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. The application deadlines are 17 September 2012 and 04 March 2013 for both types of grants. Link Research Grants Link Outreach Grants 
Future for Nature Foundation -- Future for Nature Award 2013. The Future for Nature Award recognizes internationally outstanding efforts to conserve wild animals and plants. Work related to endangered species (IUCN's Red List) is a priority. Candidates for the award should be no older than age 35. Award winners receive €50 thousand and a sculpture. The deadline for applications is 07 September 2012. Link
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden -- International Wildlife Conservation 2012. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (USA) makes grants for field conservation; habitat management; conservation education; ex situ captive breeding; animal health and welfare; and other themes in wildlife research and conservation. Grants generally range from US$1 thousand to US$5 thousand. Application deadlines are 31 March and 30 September. Link
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew -- Small Grants 2012. Through the Bentham-Moxon Trust, Kew Gardens (UK) makes 30 to 40 small grants per year to botanists and horticulturalists for plant collection and field research; international visits or work at Kew; travel and conferences; and other project support. Preference is for grants that involve a developing country. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2012. Link
Asian Waterbirds Conservation Fund – Annual Call for Applications. The Fund supports the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats in the East Asian – Australasian flyway, as well as projects which bring socio-economic benefits to local communities. The maximum grant size is US$5 thousand. The Fund issues a single call for applications each year, with a deadline of 31 October. Link
Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds -- Applications 2012. The British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) jointly provide small grants for research on birds listed by IUCN as “endangered,” “critically endangered,” or “data deficient.” Priority is for researchers working in their own countries, particularly in collaboration with BirdLife’s partners. The maximum grant is US$2 thousand, with preference for smaller requests. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2012. Link
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo -- Africa Seed Grants and Asia Seed Grants. Both programs make grants for wildlife conservation and research in their respective regions. The priority is for projects focusing on wildlife and habitat protection, human-wildlife conflict, sustainable environmental practices, capacity building, and conservation biology. There are no application restrictions by nationality. In both programs, the seed grants range from US$1,000 to US$3,500. The deadline for pre-proposals is 05 November 2012. Link
Prince Albert II Foundation -- Pre-Applications in 2012. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation makes grants for global environmental stability in themes of climate change, biodiversity, access to water, and the fight against desertification. Its geographical priorities are the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions, and the Least-Developed Countries. The next round of pre-applications for grants will be 15 October 2012 through 16 November 2012. Link
Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) – Grants for International Scientific Meetings in Developing Countries. TWAS makes grants in support of conferences, workshops, symposia, and special meetings in developing countries. Requests are submitted by the organizers of the meetings (i.e., not by individual participants). Grants are intended for air tickets, and do not normally exceed US$5 thousand. Application deadlines are 01 June and 01 December each year. Link
French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) -- Small Grants, Phase 3. Phase 3 (2011-2013) of FFEM's Small-Scale Initiatives makes grants for biodiversity conservation in West and Central Africa, Madagascar, and Mozambique. Grants are a maximum of €50 thousand -- subject to co-financing requirements -- for NGO conservation organizations in eligible countries. For NGOs meeting the relevant criteria, pre-proposals can be submitted at any time before 31 December 2012. Link
Phoenix Zoo -- Grants for Conservation and Science. The Phoenix Zoo (Arizona, USA) makes small grants to support wildlife conservation and science worldwide. First-year grants are limited to US$3 thousand. Priority is for practical projects that help build capacity, and that involve local communities. The application period is 01 November through 01 December each year. Link
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens -- Conservation Fund. The Conservation Fund makes grants for wildlife conservation, research, and education. Most grants are US$5 thousand to US$25 thousand for one year. Applications are accepted from U.S. non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations in other countries, governmental entities, accredited universities and research centers, and institutions accredited by AZA or AMMPA. Applications for projects starting in 2013 are due no later than 01 December 2012. Link
Rolex Awards -- Young Laureates 2014. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support pioneering work in five areas: applied technology; cultural heritage; environment; exploration and discovery; and science and health. Projects are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility, and the candidates' own spirit of enterprise. The 2014 series of Awards will be devoted to Young Laureates, ages 18 to 30, of all nationalities and backgrounds. Each Young Laureate will receive CHF 50 thousand over two years. The deadline for pre-applications is 31 May 2013. Link
National Geographic Conservation Trust. The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust will fund projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources. While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. As National Geographic Society funds are intended to function as complementary support, the trust strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies. Applications should be submitted at least 10 months before the project is to begin. Link
PADI Foundation. The PADI FOUNDATION encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich mankind's understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. In 2013, the Foundation expects to award a total of approximately $180,000 and will consider proposals with budgets up to $20,000 although the average for proposals will be on the order of $5,000 to $10,000. The Foundation will not fund overhead or other indirect expenses. All applications must be submitted beginning November 1, 2012 and no later than February 1, 2013. Link
Prince Bernhard Nature Fund. The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund was established in 1994 by the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The Fund's mission is to support small, preferably local initiatives towards the conservation and wise use of nature and our natural resource base. Effectively our Fund aims to help save critically endangered flora and fauna. Due to the limited nature of our funding (our grants do not exceed 25,000 Euro), the Fund prefers to act as a catalyzer of larger initiatives, and link its project support as much as possible to larger themes and organizations. Deadline for Applications are annually 1 April and 1 October. Link
Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation. The Rufford Small Grants Foundation provides funding for small nature/biodiversity conservation projects and pilot programmes in developing countries. You can only apply for funding once in any 12-month period.Applications are normally processed within 12 weeks, except for Continuation /
Completion grants where the review process can take up to six months. Link