EACN Monthly Newsletter

December 2018 

Impact of a TBA-EAM (RIT) Master Class: 1 year on
In November 2017, Scovia Kobusingye (Wildlife Conservation Society,  -WCS Uganda) took part in a Master Class 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.  Scovia now shares the impact of the Master Class in her work one year on.
“The skills I gained from the master class have made my wok in project implementation and management easier. I gained skills in budget proposal writing and financial management, project monitoring and evaluation, and effective project reporting and communication; these skills have enabled me to synchronize donor expectations with my organizational processes in daily decision-making and reporting.

 I have also shared these skills with my colleagues specifically focusing on activities in their log frames and the associated budgets to ensure that they remain on track on cost, deliverables and time. The skills gained have been instrumental in helping our organization easily adapt to activity-based budgeting and project management.

As a result of attending the master class, my work performance improved significantly: however, as with most change, there is always some resistance encountered as most of the energy initially gets devoted to breaking the barriers, but fortunately WCS is moving in the same direction of activity-based budget management. There is therefore a lot of management support and tools have been, and are being put in place to ensure a fast and successful transition. For example WCS has developed new internal activity-based budget templates and more comprehensive reporting forms with staff also adapting to the new changes.”
Digitizing biodiversity collections
The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) received funding from CEPF in August 2018 to implement a project aimed at conserving Dragonflies in Mt Kenya and Aberdare Mountains KBAs in Kenya. With this funding, NMK has succeeded in digitizing its storage of collected dragonflies; prior to this, the collection was stored in ancient envelopes and newspaper cuttings. The NMK also found 3 individuals of the damselfly Platycypha amboniensis, Mt Kenya for which they will use to evaluate key information for the management of the KBAs for ultimate protection of invertebrates.

Opportunities and Resources

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Great Apes Conservation Fund 2019
This is open to receiving project proposals for the conservation of gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gibbons throughout their ranges in Africa and Asia. Grants are for applied research, training, conservation management, community outreach, law enforcement, decreased human-wildlife conflicts, and other activities in conservation. Grants ranging from US$50 thousand to a maximum of US$300 thousand will be considered. Eligibility for grants extends worldwide to qualified and relevant government agencies, organizations, universities, businesses, and individuals.
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — Conservation Support Fund 2019
This makes grants for field conservation; habitat management; conservation education; ex situ captive breeding; animal health and welfare; and other themes in wildlife research and conservation. Grants generally range from US$1 thousand to US$5 thousand. 
Deadline: 01 June 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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