The Mira App was initiated and conceptualized by Laura Geiger, when she was with the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development/ Germany. The idea arose in the context of the “Lacandón – Forests for Life” Project in Guatemala, which was implemented by OroVerde and Defensores de la Naturaleza and funded by the European Union and International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
The development was made possible by funding of WWF – UK as part of their ‘Innovation fund’. Furthermore funding was provided by the ‚Business Promotion Bank of the Federal State of Brandenburg’ under the ‚European Fund for Regional Development’ (EFRE) within the „e-learning and e-knowledge“ program.
Currently, a team of practitioners, programmers and interface designers are further developing the APP. The APP is part as an initiative under the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP). The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) is a partnership of conservation organizations that seek better ways to design, manage, and measure the impacts of their conservation actions. The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation are a product of the collaborative work as well the corresponding MIRADI software.