Biodiversity Initiative Mission

Conservation of biodiversity through ecology, exploration and education in the rainforests of Central Africa and beyond.


Members of the expedition prepare to split up for a day of birding and data collection in the Luba Crater Scientific Reserve on Bioko island in Equatorial Guinea. Photo by Tristan Spinksi

The Biodiversity Initiative was formed in 2013 as the Equatorial Guinea Bird Initiative, focusing on avian research and conservation.  Since then, the group has expanded beyond birds and has expanded its geographic scope as well, prompting the need for a name change.

It is very difficult to protect wildlife when:

1)When you don’t know which animals are there,
2)You don’t know what those animals need to survive and
3)Local people don’t have the capacity to protect wildlife.

For these reasons, BI focuses on places, especially hyperdiverse tropical rainforests, where the animal life is poorly known. Specifically, BI focuses on:

Amancio Ammoet Motove Etingüe, a fourth year student at UNGE School of Environmental Studies, collects data from mist netted birds in the Luba Crater Scientific Reserve in Equatorial Guinea. Photo by Tristan Spinski

1)Wildlife surveys for birds and mammals to understand which animals are located where,
2)Ecological studies to understand survival, diet, and habitat needs of wildlife and,
3)Capacity building designed to get locals the equipment and training they need to protect their local wildlife

BI works predominantly in Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa. EG is nestled in the Gulf of Guinea on the west coast of the Congo rainforest-the second largest rainforest in the world. This small yet incredibly biodiverse country is one of the only places you can still see chimpanzees, gorillas, and elephants roaming ancient jungles.
The Biodiversity Initiative’s goal is to conserve biodiversity through exploration, education and ecology in the rainforests of Central Africa and beyond.