Projects

Accessing Spatial Data To Study Biodiversity and Devise Protection Strategies in Zimbabwe

PARTNER: UNDP, NBSAP Forum, and Government of Zimbabwe

PROGRAMME AREA: Climate and Resiliance

LAB: Pulse Lab Kampala

WEB-BASED TOOL: http://biodiversity.unglobalpulse.net/zimbabwe/

(Note: The tool is currently in pilot phase; it will be further refined with user feedback and expanded to support NBSAPs in other countries.

SUMMARY: Biodiversity, the diversity of life makes our planet unique and our lives possible. National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) are defined to help prevent biodiversity loss. NBSAPs define set of 20, time-bound, measureable targets aimed to reduce biodiversity loss at the national and global level. Pulse Lab Kampala, in collaboration with the NBSAP Forum (www.nbsapforum.net), UNDP and the Government of Zimbabwe, has created a pilot tool to support the formulation of NBSAPs. Representing and analysing spatial data (data that includes geographical coordinates - latitude and longitude) is crucial to formulate policies to protect ecosystems, such as rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands, drylands, and grasslands underpin human life on Earth. While spatial data is available online from a variety of sources, it is not always easily accessed. The web-based tool makes accessible spatial data in a user-friendly way for decision-making.