EACN Monthly Newsletter

March 2017

Congratulations Milagre Nuvunga on your Hotspot Hero Award!

In September 2016, Milagre Nuvunga, Executive Director of MICAIA Foundation, was made one of 15 ‘Hotspot Heroes’ by CEPF at the IUCN World Congress. MICAIA has received two grants from CEPF for work in the Chimanimani Conservation Area along the border with Zimbabwe. The current grant, in partnership with Birdlife Zimbabwe, includes training local people to identify specific birds in order to monitor changes in ecosystem health. An earlier grant, in partnership with Kew Gardens, focused on botanical surveys in the highland areas and produced detailed recommendations for conservation area management. The Hotspot Hero award recognizes Milagre’s leadership in biodiversity conservation as MICAIA seeks to help communities establish a sustainable balance between conservation and livelihoods. Milagre Nuvunga participated in a site exchange facilitated by TBA in 2015.

Building capacity of local communities to better tackle conservation challenges

From 2013 to 2014, International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) implemented a CEPF-funded project which involved strengthening local institutions in the Albertine Rift for community development and conservation of the mountain gorilla in Rwanda and Uganda. IGCP identified the need of improving the livelihoods of the adjacent communities which in turn would benefit their conservation efforts. As a result, IGCP focused on policy and capacity development of the local communities which enabled the community members to develop project proposals and gain a better understanding of participatory planning at the village level. Read more about how IGCP’s development initiatives for the local communities in the Albertine Rift have benefited its conservation efforts here.

Paul shares lessons on the use of Payment for Ecosystem Services in biodiversity conservation from his site exchange visit to Uganda

The Tropical Biology Association facilitated Paul Gacheru from Nature Kenya, Kenya to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Uganda to discuss how to use Payment for Ecosystem Services as a tool for biodiversity conservation. Paul now shares his experiences here.

Lessons from Misuku Beekeepers Association indigenous forest project

Misuku Beekeepers Association implemented a CEPF-funded project, the Misuku Hills Indigenous Forest Project, from 2014 to 2016. Misuku Beekeepers Association worked to manage 2762 hectares of the Misuku Hills Forest reserve and also established 7 Village Natural Resources Management Committees which helped in managing the reserve. In addition, alternative livelihoods for the adjacent communities were developed including beekeeping, candle making and selling of non-wood products; this reduced the poverty levels of the community members. See lessons learnt by Misuku Beekeepers Association during the design and implementation of the project here.


 Involving local communities in conservation efforts

The Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ) has been implementing a CEPF-funded project which focuses on conservation and forest management in the Mafinga Hills priority key biodiversity area of Zambia. In its bid to conserve this ecosystem, the project has also involved the local people in conservation activities and improved their livelihood by introducing beekeeping. Read more about WECSZ’s initiatives to conserve this ecosystem here.

Opportunities and Resources

Nando Peretti Foundation- Grants for Wildlife Conservation
This makes grants in support of conservation of birds and wildlife in Europe and developing countries. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations and associations, which register with the Foundation.
Deadline: 16 June 2017

Waterbird Society- Grants for Wading Birds
This offers grants to advance the biology, ecology, or conservation biology of wading birds. These awards are open globally to professionals, amateurs, and students of any age.
Deadline: 15 July 2017
IUCN- Netherlands- Land Acquisition for Conservation
This provides grants up to €85 thousand for the purchase and protection of threatened wildlife habitats and vulnerable ecosystems in Asia-Pacific countries, Africa, and Latin America. The grants are to qualified and experienced local conservation organizations.
Deadline: 31 May 2017

Toolkit on Good Governance of an NGO
This guide is useful for organizations wishing to learn how to best govern their organizations. Download

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