EACN Monthly Newsletter

February 2018 

Saving the fish 

As a means of protecting endemic fish species in Lake Tana, Ethiopia, the Addis Ababa University has been implementing a CEPF-funded project since January 2014 that has been raising awareness on threats to fish biodiversity. The project has adopted artificial breeding and the simulation of natural reproduction using a constructed stream system as the approaches towards restoring the endemic fish species.  The project succeeded in stocking the different fish species in different water bodies around the lake which led to their enhanced growth performance. See more activities on this project here.

Women take charge of conservation efforts

With funding from CEPF, the Forest of Hope Association (FHA) has been implementing a project aimed at fostering the conservation of the Gishwati Natural Forest Ecosystem. Through this project, FHA organized a training for a local women’s cooperative on how to diversify handcraft products. This training served as a means of educating the women on how they can develop sustainable alternative livelihood sources thereby relieving pressure on the Gishwati forest resources. Read more about this initiative by FHA here.    

Black pepper for conservation?

God For People Relief and Development Organization (GPRDO) implemented a CEPF-funded project from March 2016 to February 2017 with the aim of engaging the local community around Ethiopia’s Sheka Forest in forest conservation. The project focused on the restoration of the Cordia tree species which had  been depleted due to its overexploitation in its use for charcoal, construction materials and furniture. The project provided the local community members with black pepper spices seedlings which climb on the Cordia trees. As a result, the community members harvested 5kg of spices from each Cordia tree ultimately encouraging the conservation of these species. Read more about the project’s activities in conserving the Cordia tree species in Sheka Forest here.

Opportunities and Resources

Club300 Foundation
This  makes grants for the research and conservation of the world’s highly threatened and poorly known bird species (IUCN’s Red List) on a worldwide basis.
Deadline: 31 July 2018

IUCN(Netherlands)- Land acquisition for conservation 2018
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: 01 May 2018
Toolkit for designing partnership agreements
This is for organizations setting up a new or reviewing an existing partnership.

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