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EACN Monthly Newsletter

March 2018 

Leah shares her experience on a TBA learning exchange

The Tropical Biology Association facilitated Leah Mwangi from Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), Kenya to visit Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Uganda to learn new knowledge and skills on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) as a sustainable financing mechanism for biodiversity conservation. Leah now shares her experiences here.

 Influencing government's role in conservation

Through a CEPF-funded project focused on enhancing environmental regulations in safeguarding Lake Ol Bolossat in Nyandarua County in Kenya, the East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) ran a campaign on the conservation of the lake. The lake is inhabited by several animal species and is also a source of livelihood to the communities around it. However, threats from human activities have reduced the lake’s water body which has greatly resulted in the lake facing extinction. In response to EAWLS’ campaign, the Kenyan government endorsed the gazettement of the lake and declared it as a protected area which will enhance the lake’s conservation efforts. Read more about EAWLS’ efforts in influencing the government to protect Lake Ol Bolossat here.
 

A community-based group's success in conservation

The Masangoni Birdlife Group, formed under Birdlife Zimbabwe’s CEPF project in management of Chimanimani KBA, received a Nature Hero Award for their work in conservation. The group has been actively involved in conserving the forest in the Chimanimani KBA through engaging community members in several activities including beekeeping, bird watching and raising awareness on importance of biodiversity in the KBA. The group’s inclusion of women in its activities and its close work with the local authorities has further enhanced its success in conserving the KBA. This group serves as an indication of the importance of community groups in conservation. Read more about this groups’ success here.

Opportunities and Resources

Holohil Systems Ltd — Transmitters for Wildlife Conservation
Holohil manages a grant program to offer transmitters at a reduced or no cost for projects focusing on wildlife species of especially high research and/or conservation value.Eligibility to apply for the grants extends to conservation professionals and researchers anywhere in the world. 
Details
Deadline: 31 July 2018

Amphibian Ark — Seed Grants 2018
This   offers the AArk Seed Grant of US$5 thousand in support of species whose threats cannot be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction, and which therefore require ex situ intervention to persist. The grant is intended for start-up rescue projects that need seed money in order to attract larger funding.
Details
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Toolkit for designing partnership agreementsErnest Kleinwort Charitable Trust — Medium and Large Grants for Conservation 2018
This makes grants to charities working in the area of wildlife and environmental conservation in the UK and internationally. The international grants are primarily for conservation projects in the developing world. Applicants may request medium grants (up to £10 thousand) and large grants (over £10 thousand).
Details
Deadline: 19 May 2018



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