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EACN Monthly Newsletter

May 2019 
Community-based conservation: A success story
By Lorna Turyahabwa
Engaging indigenous communities in conservation is a key strategy towards enhancing conservation efforts. KIWOCEDU (Kigezi Initiative for Women and Children Empowerment and Development-Uganda) has employed this as an approach towards implementing its CEPF-funded project: Community Restoration of Bamboos in Echuya Forest KBA, also known as the CORB project. This project was initiated by a community group of women who took pragmatic action towards reversing the trend of Bamboo loss in Echuya Forest. The CORB project focuses on bamboo restoration, liberation and training in value addition between harvesting practices and wise use of bamboos.



Under this project, KIWOCEDU is spearheading the bamboo restoration pilot program on 1.5 hectares. With additional partnership from National Forest Authority-Uganda, KIWOCEDU has restored the area with 1670 bamboo rhizomes whose survival rate currently stands at 68% and are germinating with many new bamboo shoots. Furthermore, 30 hectares of colonized bamboo habitat has been liberated leading to a total of 31.5 hectares managed under this grant.



In setting out to engage the communities inhabiting the KBA in its activities, KIWOCEDU incorporates gender mainstreaming as a major approach towards encouraging the participation of all community members. Some of these activities include training community Bamboo hand craft makers on value addition and wise use of Bamboos, holding biodiversity awareness campaigns and engaging community members in CORB project monitoring. Integrating gender into the CORB project has enabled women and men to build up active partnerships. Project benefits are shared equally with both men and women receiving equal wages and access to information opportunities.

These activities and strategies have so far encouraged KIWOCEDU’s actions towards protecting and ensuring the continued survival of the Bamboo forest.

 

Opportunities and Resources

SavingSpecies — Land Purchase and Restoration for Species Conservation
This provides funding for the purchase and restoration of lands for rare and endangered species, mainly in tropical developing countries. Interested organizations provide details about the proposed project; its approximate geographical location; the approximate size of the area to be acquired; its estimated acquisition cost; information about the threatened species to be protected; background information about the inquiring organization and its key personnel; and a brief summary of proposed long-term plans for the purchased land. SavingSpecies accepts letters of interest on a continuous basis.
Details
Deadline: Ongoing

 
Wallace Global Fund — Environmental Policy and Governance
This supports advocacy campaigns, awareness raising, and citizen engagement in environmental policy and governance. It aims to strengthen environmental law and justice; to build grassroots coalitions; and to support media that take progressive positions on social and environmental issues. Grants are to nonprofit charitable organizations in the USA and internationally. The application process begins with an online letter of inquiry. 
Details
Deadline: Ongoing

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more opportunities, and the Capacity for Conservation website for self-led organizational development.
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