EACN Monthly Newsletter

January 2017

Lessons from MELCA's livelihood project in the Sheka forest of Ethiopia 

The Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action (MELCA) has worked in the Sheka Forest area since 2005 supporting local communities in the establishment of a Man and Biosphere Reserve that was approved by the Ethiopian government and endorsed by UNESCO in 2012. MELCA has developed numerous successful economic activities compatible with the long-term conservation of the forest, such as beekeeping, spice gardens or sustainable animal husbandry. This support to the local community and local leaders has helped to enforce the land use plan for the Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve. See lessons learned by MELCA during the design and implementation of the project here


Thierry shares experiences from his visit to Malawi

The TBA facilitated Thiery Aimable from Forest of Hope Association in Rwanda to visit the Action for Environmental Sustainability in Malawi to learn about their innovative approaches to conservation of the Wlindi-Matip and Mughese forest reserves. Thierry now shares his experiences. Read more

Establishing protected areas for conservation

Under a project funded by CEPF, the Frankfurt Zoological Society has been working to protect priority conservation sites in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Tanzania. Through this project, the Franfurt Zoological Society has partnered with other conservation organizations and local communities to form the Tongwe West Forest Reserve which will protect natural resources in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem. Read more         


Conserving the highlands of Yemen: Efforts by CEPF 

In spite of the present unrest in Yemen, CEPF has worked to build conservation capacity of Yemeni conservationists. In conjunction with a Jordan based organization, CEPF funded 23 Yemeni conservationists to receive conservation training in Amman, Jordan. 
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Opportunities and Resources

JRS Biodiversity Foundation- Freshwater Biodiversity and Pollinator Biodiversity in Africa 2017
This invites proposals for multi-year projects and for planning grants to prepare multi-year projects which aim to increase the access to and the use of information for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Deadline:22 February 2017 

Jana Robeyst Trust Fund- Small Grants for Conservation in Africa
This provides financial resources for non-profit organizations and individuals to carry out conservation research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dealine : Ongoing
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service- Conservation of African Rhinos 2017
This provides grants for the conservation of selected wildlife species, including rhinos and tigers. Proposals are invited for the conservation and protection of rhinos in the wild.
Deadline: 5 April 2017

Toolkit on Communications Strategy
This guide is useful for organizations wishing to develop an effective communications strategy.

Visit the TBA bulletin board for more opportunities, and the Capacity for Conservation website for self-led organisational development.
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