The foundation aim is to promote the worldwide study of Syrphidae (Insects, Diptera). This is accomplished by funding all sorts of activities related to this study like travel expenses, collecting equipment, pinning and housing material and the shipment of material by mail. The funding will foremost benefit the beginning students and the unemployed "amateur" Syrphidologists to enhance the cooperation between these two groups and the professional employed Syrphid workers. The forum where such cooperation is most tangible is the biannual International Symposium on Syrphidae.
The foundation is in it first steps and financing is searched for to establish a vast amount to be able to run the foundation and acquire more income to be able to grant funding to those who are in need.
Syrphidae (Hoverflies or Flowerflies) play a major role in biodiversity maintenance due to its dominant position as pollinators. Moreover they play a key role in decomposing manure and other manmade products and are used as bio-control agents as aphid predators.
Unfortunately Syrphidae are declining in a rapid pace and protection of their habitat is of great importance. Conservating wet-lands, forests and the veteran trees with associated TreMs (tree-related micro habitats), meadows, forest glades and edges and pastures, peatlands etc are important.
The foundation started with the input of financing acquired by the founder. This financing came from several projects for which the founder was asked to work on. The first project was the IUCN European Red list of Syrphidae.
Other financing wil come from selling part of my collection, but mostly from funding through the EU for the Taxonomic resources for Pollinator monitoring scheme.
The foundation is privately managed by the founder. The board will be responsible for the daily activities of the foundation including managing the assets, approving the grants and searching for input into the foundation.
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under construction from March 2022
Application guidelines are given here.