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EACN Monthly Newsletter

February 2017

Lessons from Birdlife Zimbabwe’s stakeholder capacity building project


 
With funding from CEPF, Birdlife Zimbabwe (BLZ) implemented a stakeholder capacity building project in the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) of Chimanimani-Nyanga Mountains from 2013 to 2015. BLZ worked to successfully develop Stakeholder Management Advisory Groups (SMAGs) and local community conservation groups called Site Support Groups (SSGs) which provided technical and advisory support to the KBA site managers. This work with the stakeholder groups helped in increasing collaboration and coordination for biodiversity conservation in the Chimanimani-Nyanga Mountains.
Read about lessons learnt by Birdlife Zimbabwe during the design and implementation of the project here.

Establishing Community Committees as agents of conservation

The Forest of Hope Association (FHA) has been implementing a CEPF funded project since 2014 which involves strengthening the conservation of Gishwati Forest Reserve in Rwanda. FHA has focused on training community members on appropriate conservation measures as a key measure of conserving the reserve. The result has been the formation of community committees which have aided in monitoring and protection activities in the Gishwati Forest Reserve. These committees have been trained on essential measures for the conservation of the reserve. See more about what these community committees are undertaking to enhance conservation initiatives in the reserve here.

Alexis shares lessons on apiculture in biodiversity conservation from his site exchange visit to Rwanda

The Tropical Biology Association facilitated Alexis Nikiza from APRN/BEPB (Association Protection des Ressources Naturelles pour le Bien-Etre de la Population au Burundi) in Burundi to visit the Straightforward Development Services Limited in Rwanda to learn about their use of beekeeping as a tool for encouraging the local communities to conserve their natural resources. Alexis now shares his experiences here.
 
 

Opportunities and Resources

British Ecological Society (BES) - Research Grants and Outreach grants 2017
This provides research grants in support of scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Applicants must be members of BES.
Details
Deadline: 22 March 2017

Amphibian Ark- Seed Grants 2017
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.
Details
Deadline: 1 May 2017
European Outdoor Conservation Association- Funding for conservation projects 2017
The EOCA makes grants for field-based projects in wildlife conservation; protection of forests and wetlands; and other initiatives in support of nature-based travel and tourism.
Details 
Deadline: 31 July 2017

Toolkit on Integrating Rights and Social Issues in Conservation
This guide is useful for organizations wishing to address the capacity gap on how to integrate rights and social issues in conservation. Download

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