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General Purposes

Biodiversity Project

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2006
  • Location Chicago, IL, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The Biodiversity Project was developed to coordinate research and public education on biodiversity issues. It provides important public opinion research to the field and works to enhance the media and communication skills of organizations concerned with biodiversity conservation. Multiyear funding will enable the project to pursue various programs in addition to evaluation and capacity-building efforts. The programs are the Great Lakes Public Education Initiative, the Great Communities for People and Nature Program and other efforts to develop and disseminate strategic biodiversity communications. The project recently undertook a major public opinion research effort to assess public attitudes about water resources and management in the Great Lakes states. It also developed and distributed 800 copies of a communications handbook on the ethical and theological rationales for protecting biodiversity and launched an initiative to encourage simple and effective steps for protecting biodiversity.