University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and another botanist, Dr Temitope Onuminya, have won 2021 Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) grants.
Nonye Oguama, a spokesperson for the institution, made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.
According to Mrs. Oguama, the awards are part of the 2021 Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme, funded by the European Union.
Mr. Ogundipe, a professor of Botany, won a national level grant of €38,000 for his project proposal: “Implementation of the Biodiversity Information and Data System for Coastal Ecosystem in Nigeria”.
Mr. Onuminya, on the other hand, won an institutional level grant of €18,850 for implementation of a BID project proposal: “Expanding the Visibility of the Lagos Herbarium through Digitisation and Mobilisation of Plant Specimen Data”.
”The university of Lagos is rejoicing with them (mentor and mentee) and wishes them successful implementation of their proposals,” Mrs. Oguama said.
The GBIF, an international organisation with a secretariat in Copenhagen, focuses on making scientific data on biodiversity available through the internet.
It provides human resources and technical infrastructure enabling publication of and access to large volumes of data gathered over centuries about the earth’s species