Written by Heather Sparks, Communications and Outreach Manager at Revive & Restore

Unlike agriculture or medicine, the field of conservation continues to have limited access to innovations in molecular biology and genomics. Yet these innovations have the potential to greatly empower current conservation practice. 

At Revive & Restore, we believe that innovation is necessary to create solutions to the current environmental crisis. Our mission is to enhance biodiversity, and we are pursuing this by bringing biotechnologies to conservation. A major focus of our work is to fund, advocate for, and build a set of biotech-based conservation tools that can support a more biodiverse 21st century, what we call the Genetic Rescue Toolkit.

The Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents Program, or GBIRd, is composed of experts from universities, non-profits, including Island Conservation, and government agencies who came together to study new technologies capable of preventing extinctions. Our partnership’s goal is to create a novel technology in a mouse that can eradicate invasive mice from islands (and eventually other rodents) to protect native island wildlife. This technology would give conservationists a safer, more humane, and flexible tool than methods that are currently available.

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Ifakara Health Institute are accepting applications for the sixth edition of the Malaria Course in Tanzania. This time, the four-week postgraduate course will take place from April 20 to May 15, 2020, in Bagamoyo.

This programme is designed for individuals involved in malaria research or malaria control and elimination (health personnel, scientists and researchers, public health specialists and malaria control administrators). At the end of the course, the participants should be able to manage malaria issues more effectively and develop basic training courses and material in their home institutions.

The deadline for applications is March 5. More information about the process and programme is available here.

The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity, a biennial international prize co-organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will honour three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Nominations are accepted through the website of the AEON Environmental Foundation until March 30, 2020.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) will offer a 3-part webinar to introduce the UN Biodiversity Lab, which aims to provide key information on the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as on the nature-based Sustainable Development Goals. The training will teach participants about global biodiversity-based uses of remote sensing and how technology is revolutionizing the ability to map nature.