EACN Monthly Newsletter

February 2019 
 Impact of a TBA-EAM (RIT) Master Class
In May 2018, Methodius Mukhwana (African Wildlife Foundation, Uganda) attended a Master Class in Kenya organized by TBA and Eastern Afromontane (EAM) Regional Implementation Team (RIT) with funding from CEPF. The Master Class aimed at building the capacity of CEPF grantees in designing and implementing impact-based conservation projects. Methodius now shares the impact of the master class training in his work.
"The training provided me with important skills that I have so far applied in my work. The main skills I gained include:
  • Designing activities bearing in mind the likely impacts they will have on the recipients as opposed to the theoretical way of considering what mileage to achieve by implementing the activity for the organization.
  • How to maximize positive impacts from a project and this is by involving all stakeholders from the start especially intended recipients, who are in my case the local communities
  • Handling different and dissenting views: In my case, I have encountered various grievances working with many local land owners especially on governance issues.  Being able to give audience to minority groups has helped dispel so many fears which at a future date would have hampered the project. This is a major skill I credit the master class for equipping me with.  

As an organization, we have achieved a lot of mileage with the strengthening of the governance of the conservancy in our project from the skills I got during the Master Class. We were faced with the issue of bringing harmony among the landowners, especially on governance of the conservancy, and after the master class, with my guidance, we listened to the different parties and addressed most of their issues through a constitution review and hence solved almost all outstanding grievances.

Not only did the skills gained from the training strengthen the capacity of my organization, they also greatly improved my overall performance in project implementation and management. I also had an opportunity to network with other organizations and I have recommended the training to my colleagues."

Enhancing dragon-fly conservation
In advancing its activities on its CEPF-funded dragonfly conservation project, the National Museums of Kenya teamed up with Nature Kenya-the EANHS and two Site Support Groups to survey dragonflies through a field expedition in the Mount Kenya and Aberdares KBAs. Accompanied by a botanist, the team received guidance on the best tree species to plant so as to restore degraded habitats for two critically endangered species. During the expedition, the team came across the " Maathai long leg" dragonfly species for the first time in Gatamaiyo Forest. These activities will gear up the project’s objectives towards incorporating new information in the management plans of Mount Kenya and Aberdare Mountains as well as promoting dragon-fly friendly activities.                                       

Opportunities and Resources

Global Forest Watch — Small Grants Fund for Civil Society Organizations
This provides financial and technical support to non-profit NGOs that want to use Global Forest Watch in their research, advocacy, and fieldwork. The focus for the 2019 cycle is on using near real time data for enforcement and advocacy. Eligibility for grants extends to non-profit organizations for projects in selected countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Grants range between US$10 thousand and US$40 thousand.
Deadline: 15 March 2019

Wildlife Acoustics – Bio-Acoustics Product Grants
This aims to advance the conservation of animals through bio-acoustics recording technology. The Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant Program offers US$5 thousand of product-in-kind grants to biologists, researchers, conservationists, and students who work for charitable, educational, and other tax-exempt organizations. There are no geographical limitations. The next application deadlines are 15 March, 15 August, and 15 November 2019
Deadline: 15 March 2019

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