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Darwin Initiative Round 24

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-7-DAR24
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-04-2018
Budget: £10,604,188

Darwin Initiative Round 25

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-7-DAR25
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-04-2019
Budget: £8,314,952

Darwin Initiative Round 23

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-7-DAR23
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-04-2018
Budget: £7,619,619

Preserving, Restoring and Managing Colombian Biodiversity Through Responsible Innovation

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1. Research programme in Natural Diversity: 1.1. Building the biodiversity inventory of Colombia and characterizing the national biological collections 1.2. Implementing genomic methods to the analysis of museum collections in Colombia 1.3. Characterizing current and past diversity of keystone and endangered species in Colombia 2. Research programme in Agricultural Diversity: 2.1. Understanding the genetic diversity of crops relevant for Colombia 2.2. Implementing genomic approaches to breeding in Colombia 2.3. Evaluating different management regimes of pastures 2.4. Implementing pest and diseases surveillance by metagenomics in Colombia. 3. Research programme in Socio-economics: 3.1. Assessing the impacts in biodiversity for an accurate valuation 3.2. Evaluating strategies for community and social engagement 4. Cross-cutting the other objectives: 4.1. Building relationships between Colombia and the UK 4.2. Developing skills along all career stages 4.3. Improving the technological self-sufficiency of Colombia

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-BB_P028098_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-10-2017
Budget: £5,332,079

: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Rising from the Depths Network aims to identify how the tangible submerged and coastal Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, and its associated intangible aspects can stimulate ethical, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the region, of benefit not only to building social cohesion and reducing poverty in individual states, but also in enhancing the value and impact of overseas aid in the maritime sector. To achieve these aims we will meet the following 9 inter-linked objectives: 1. Create an inclusive network of arts and humanities researchers, community groups, heritage professionals, NGOs, scientists, UN officials, government policy practitioners, coastal developers, offshore companies, overseas aid specialists, ICT specialists and artists drawn from the diverse components of MCH. It is intended that this network will exist beyond the funded project 2. Co-create an East African MCH Research and KE Framework, through consultation and collaboration with local communities, project partners and stakeholders, leading to the commissioning of a series of challenge-led co-produced Innovation Projects with clear pathways to produce sustainable stakeholder benefits 3. Empower researchers with mechanisms of engagement that enable an exchange of ideas, an acknowledgement of challenges and sharing of best practice with community groups, industry (national and international) and policy makers (national and international) 4. Provide a detailed analytical and qualitative overview of the MCH of East Africa, high-lighting sustainable socio-economic opportunities and exemplar activity as well as identifying the threats and pressures facing the resource 5. Deliver an open-source online Useable Past platform for East African MCH (hosted by UNESCO and created in collaboration with 3deep Media) which can be used by stakeholders in East Africa and beyond to access and utilise their MCH heritage. Outputs and content will be co-curated in partnership with museums in the region, through our British Museum Africa Programme collaboration, to integrate MCH and the resources of the platform into their activities and displays. The platform will also provide a focal point for wider research collaborations dealing with heritage in development contexts 6. Build capacity to protect, utilise and enhance the potential of MCH. This will be done by empowering coastal groups and local organisations through workshops, skills-training, funded Innovation Projects and open-source access to educational resources on the Useable Past platform to engage in creative sustainable economic activities based around MCH 7. Generate a step-change in the ambition and academic profile of Marine Cultural Heritage, establishing it as an interdisciplinary field of research with major social, economic and cultural significance. The creation of the next generation of early career researchers, through the inclusion of 3 PDRAs and 10 CDA-style PhD students within the management and execution of the project, is key to this objective and will ensure that impact continues beyond the current funding phase. (9 of the PhDs are international, all are funded by participating HEIs) 8. Demonstrate the under-appreciated role MCH could play in development aid success (and the success of private instruments for development) particularly in relation to coastal infrastructure and offshore extraction projects 9. Establish 'best practice' methodologies in harnessing the potential of the submerged and coastal MCH in developing countries to stimulate and promote ethical, inclusive and sustainable growth. This will be done by reviewing the project using 'theory of change' and human rights-based approaches throughout the project with a specific focus on understanding how specific social groups fail to benefit from development activity.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-AH_R005443_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-10-2017
Budget: £1,671,712

OUR PAST, OUR FUTURE, ALL TOGETHER IN FAYNAN

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Faynan is an impoverished region of southern Jordan. It has a remarkable landscape of archaeology that has received more than 40 years of research, principally by UK, US and German research teams. The Department of Antiquities, supported by the AHRC funded 'Discovering WF16' (AH/P005594/1) project, has begun to develop a local museum with the joint aims of developing eco-tourism to generate income into the local community for sustainable development, and build community engagement with the museum for social cohesiveness and well-being. The objective of the 'Our Past, Our Future, All Together in Faynan' project is to make a significant contribution to this task: to build community engagement with the Faynan Museum and facilities for eco-tourism to support social cohesiveness, individual well-being and sustainable economic development in Faynan. This will be achieved via six work packages, each with their own objectives and of equal priority: Objective and WP1: To re-design the museum by working with the Faynan community to co-create the gallery space to include representation of the last 100 years of Faynan's history. The current exhibition ends abruptly at the Ottoman period, inadvertently implying that the 'past is the past', having played no role in shaping the present day community, economy, politics and landscape. It also fails to record the character and diversity of lifestyles in Faynan throughout the last century, these now rapidly being lost from memory. Objective and WP2: To facilitate members of the local community to tell their own history and stories about Faynan in their own way, and represent this within the museum. The current exhibition tells the story of Faynan entirely from an external, western and academic perspective. It fails to provide an account of Faynan's history from the local community itself. What are their stories about Faynan? How are the stories of each tribe different from each other? What are their views about key events of the past that have shaped their present? How might the museum present their own view of history to themselves, their children, neighbours and visitors to Faynan? Objective and WP3: To support the six schools in Faynan to develop an awareness and understanding of Faynan's cultural heritage, to provide educational resources and activities at the Faynan Museum, and to use these for teaching and learning across the curriculum. Objective and WP4: To connect the museum to the landscape by installing information boards at a further 20 archaeological sites, ensuring these are discretely placed so as not to interfere with the natural landscape of Faynan and the walking experience it provides. One of the purposes of the museum exhibition is to guide visitors and members of the local community to sites in the landscape where there would be such discretely placed information boards. Because of previous limitations of funding, these have only been established for three of the 30 most significant archaeological sites in Faynan. Objective and WP5: To make the cultural heritage of Faynan accessible to those unable to visit archaeological sites in its remote locations or to visit Faynan at all. This will make use of photogrammetry to document and make accessible a sample of Faynan's archaeological sites and artefacts via digital display in the museum and on the Faynan Heritage website. Objective and WP6: To enable the museum to become a community hub by designing social and play space for adults and children in its immediate vicinity. In Faynan we need to counter the idea of a museum as a building that houses relics of the past only to be visited for educational matters. While such a museum might be valuable for short-term visitors to Faynan, and be appropriate for relatively affluent local communities, a museum of this type can only make a limited contribution to sustainable development in regions of economic deprivation.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-AH_S011633_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-02-2019
Budget: £202,383

The Living Museum of Umm Qais: Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara's ancient site and village

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The proposed project aims to record, preserve, and analyse the endangered and multi-layered heritage site of Umm Qais including the Ottoman village houses, tracing their origins and materials to ancient Gadara's plan. It will develop a coherent understanding of the distinctive layers of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman heritage and more recent cultural heritage practices and products. The project looks not only on the archaeological and physical fabric of Umm Qais but also on ways to enhance the local community's socio-cultural engagement with the site through skills development and capacity building in digital heritage and tourism enterprise, with the ultimate aim to raise the profile of the site and make it economically sustainable. Our interdisciplinary research team brings pioneering scientific research and innovative methods into using digital and virtual heritage technologies to record, preserve and disseminate the site's archaeological features and historic significance to the local, national and international tourism community and as a catalyst for 'Decent Work and Economic Growth' (UN SDG 8). The project will specifically address UN SDG 2030 target on devising and implementing policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. It will inform the sustainable preservation of the site, fostering novel economic opportunities, and design an effective public engagement platform for local communities. The key research question is: "How effective is the integration of archaeological research, LiDAR scanning, and virtual technologies in synthesising novel and evidence-based findings on historical evolution and conditions of Umm Qais' heritage and guiding a community-led sustainable development strategy that will re-engage community members, attract global tourism and shape dynamic economy around heritage and tourism enterprises?"As such, the proposed research has four main objectives that will: a) undertake archival and archaeological research on the history and architecture of the Ottoman Houses and Central Gadara. We will use material analysis techniques mapping history, components and spatial structure of the ancient city. Fieldwork surveys will also identify elements at risk for priority protection and conservation. b) develop and implement a customised methodology for accurate 3D laser scanning and digital survey, to record, analyse and virtually model the archaeological site, its current conditions and historical evolution over time. This method will encompass 3D laser scanning, 3D sound recording, structural analysis, and form a critical digital database of the site's archaeological assets. c) attempt to produce a credible spatial layout of ancient Gadara and Ottoman houses overlaying archaeological, spatial data, and satellite imaging on a custom-designed ArcGIS model. This will be used to develop a virtual heritage experience and knowledge platform for Umm Qais heritage through Interactive visualisation, educational infographics and virtual trials of both settlements to raise the awareness of the site's significance as a critical part of a sustainable tourism strategy. d) train and engage local community members and young people in documenting and recording the socio-cultural history and living stories of the Umm Qais local community and residents. This will not only facilitate skill-training for early career researchers, but it will build capacity amongst the local community to establish own social, and private enterprises and start-ups that contribute to income generation, active economy and tourism industry.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-AH_S011609_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-02-2019
Budget: £200,718

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