The Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network Monthly Bulletin: June 2016

Dear <<First Name>>

We are very excited to present the fifth edition of the Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network (EACN) monthly bulletin. We are sorry for the delayed  June edition of this bulletin but we hope that it provides you with a good insight on the conservation progress of the hotspot.
Any feedback on this issue and contributions to future issues of the bulletin are most welcome. Please forward them directly to the network manager -
Enjoy your reading
The TBA team

Learning made easier for children in Manda Wilderness

Photo courtesy of Manda Wilderness Trust 

Young school going children can now enjoy the benefits of education with the proper resources due to an initiative spearheaded by the Manda Wilderness Community Trust. The UK-based trust managed to raise more than £5000 to enable the supply of desks to local schools in the area. The first batch of desks – 24 in total- have already been made by three carpenters in one of the villages in Manda Wilderness. Another 47 desks are in the making and will be delivered soon to three schools, with more to follow. This is a major step in enabling children stay in school especially during the rainy seasons which render sitting on the cold and hard classroom floors, uncomfortable and unhealthy.
Manda Wilderness Community Trust has supplied desks to schools across the area for several years. It has also built a boarding house for girls attending the only institution providing secondary education in the area, as well as helping their parents learn new farming techniques to improve the diet of their children and raise money from crop sales.


Forming trans-boundary co-operations for conservation
 Together with MICAIA Foundation from Mozambique, Birdlife Zimbabwe is implementing a CEPF funded project in the Chimanimani trans-boundary Key Biodiversity Area. The two institutions work to strengthen the capacity of the communities on either side of the KBA to bring about better managed formal protected areas and more sustainable use of the surrounding buffer zones. As a means to achieving Birdlife Zimbabwe’s  targets on the project (i.e. improved reporting to donors, application of better management styles and gaining new skills  knowledge for better project implementation), the organisation’s programme manager, Togarasei Fakarayi (Toga) has been a frequent participant in the trainings conducted by TBA specifically for CEPF grantees.
Following a brief discussion with him, Toga was able to give us an insight into what the training programmes mean to him and the project in general and the benefits gained from participating in the programmes. He is glad that the skills acquired from the training aided in the improvement of his reporting skills and has thus been receiving positive feedback from donors. He has also managed to pass down skills on project design and management to the rest of the organisation’s staff. With improved knowledge on writing successful proposals, Toga has helped the organisation in coming up with more than four funding proposals. In his opinion and based on tangible results, the project has been a success and the networking and interpersonal skills he gained during the TBA trainings have enabled him to successfully and actively engage with MICAIA foundation which is vital for the success of the project.  The trainings have also improved his engagement with stakeholders and helped him raise lots of awareness among communities in the KBA.   

CSOs alliance for the EIA implementation in the Albertine Region
Find out more about the CEPF funded project by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in an insightful interview of Philbert Nsengiyumva, the organisation’s Program Manager. The interview was conducted by the CEPF Eastern Afromontane Regional Implementation Team. Watch here
Site visits & learning exchanges
Host grantee: Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Visiting grantees:  1) Nature Kenya

                              2) Kijabe Environment Volunteers
Theme: Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) as a sustainable financing mechanism for biodiversity conservation”. 
Dates: 27th June – 2nd July, 2016.
Site exchanges and learning visits target grantees responsible for the implementation of CEPF funded projects in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot. They are designed to help grantees share first hand experiences, and foster transfer of skills, knowledge and best practices to enhance the conservation impact in the hotspot.
This exchange is happened under the theme of “payment for ecosystem services as a sustainable financing mechanism for biodiversity conservation”.  Through a series of planned site visits, meetings with stakeholders and partners and sharing of resources, the visit focused mainly on;
  • Creating  appropriate partnerships and strategic alliances with government agencies and the private sector in PES projects.
  • Strategies for effective community involvement and benefits sharing in PES
  • Development of business plans for sustainable financing
We look forward to sharing feedback from the grantees in the July EACN bulletin.  


What:The Global Greengrants Fund

The fund supports projects that ensure sustainable management of forests, coastlines, tourism destinations, and other key ecosystems which are crucial to preserving the environmental and cultural heritage of the East Africa region. Details

What: The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP)
The overall objective of the EEP South and East Africa is to contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security in the Southern and East Africa regions while mitigating global climate change. Details

Visit the TBA Bulletin Board for more grants, project funding and scholarship opportunities.


What: CLP Proposal Writing Work
Are you from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC or Tanzania? Learn how to fundraise for, plan and implement a conservation project, for free in a workshop organised by The Conservation Leadership Programme
When: 3-7 October 2016, Rwanda 

What: Communication skills for Ethiopian conservation Managers

The course will build the capacity of CEPF grantees in Ethiopia to communicate the importance and impact of their work.
When: 8 – 11 November, 2016, Ethiopia



What: Governing Conservation NGO - A Guide to Good Practice

This guide to good practice is written primarily for the Board members and CEOs of conservation NGOs, as well as for organisational advisers. Download

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