EACN Monthly Newsletter

August 2018 

My experience in a TBA Master Class

Two CEPF grantees who attended the TBA Master Class in designing impact-based conservation projects give us a glimpse of their experience. The two, Samora Macrice and Henry Mfitundinda, were among 17 CEPF grantees working across the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot, who attended the Master Class funded by CEPF under TBA’s project aimed at building the capacity of CEPF grantees. See the share of their experience here.

Carbon credits for conservation

Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust has  over the years been working to protect the Chyulu Hills. Through its REDD+ Carbon Project, MWCT incorporated several measures aimed at conserving Chyulu Hills’ biodiversity, one of which is the sale of carbon credits.  This measure has so far allowed for conservation of biodiversity while also benefitting the local communities. (Read more about carbon credits in Chyulu Hills here). The CEPF funded MWCT from May 2016 to July 2017 to verify the carbon credits generated by the forest in Chyulu Hills. A sale of 19800 credits was made providing US$237,600 of revenue for the community. See more on MWCT’s project from its feature by CEPF here.

Establishing PES for conservation

From June 2016 to May 2018, Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) implemented a Payment for Water Ecosystem Services project funded by CEPF. The project aimed at brokering relationships between water user associations and community forestry associations in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest and potential buyers of ecosystem services. The project succeeded in developing a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) for water in Kikuyu Escarpment forest reserve. This enhanced the engagement of potential buyers and the community which has so far resulted in increased conservation of the Kikuyu escarpment. See lessons learnt by KENVO in the design and implementation of the project here

Opportunities and Resources

Wildlife Acoustics- Grant Program
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.
Deadline: 15 November 2018
Leakey Foundation- Research on Primates
This exclusively funds research related to human origins. This includes research on primate biology, ecology, and behavior. The majority of research grants awarded to doctoral students range from US$3 thousand to US$15 thousand. Larger grants for senior scientists and post-doctoral students may be funded up to US$25 thousand. There are no citizenship restrictions.
Deadline: 10 January 2019

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