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The Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network Monthly Bulletin: July 2016

Dear <<First Name>>

We are very excited to present the sixth edition of the Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network (EACN) monthly bulletin.
We hope this bulletin provides good insights on the conservation progress of the hotspot, and we look forward to sharing your stories in our upcoming bulletins.
 
Any feedback on this issue and contributions to future issues of the bulletin are most welcome. Please forward them directly to the network manager - alumni@tropical-biology.org
 
Enjoy your reading
The TBA team

 
CEPF grantee implements a program to combat deforestation in Uganda



 
 A team of researchers have found a new and affordable way to combat deforestation in Uganda and in partnership with the Ugandan government, have enlisted the help of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, a CEPF grantee. The trust implemented the pilot “Developing an Experimental Methodology for Testing the Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Enhance Conservation in Productive Landscapes in Uganda” and post “Harnessing Livelihood Benefits from a Payment for Environmental Services scheme” projects. This model for protecting the country’s forests and its inhabitants simply relies on paying owners of forested land not to cut down their own trees for either agricultural purposes or to sell them for timber. The region is a hub for key biodiversity species such as the endangered chimpanzees and the program has proven to be a very effective way of combating deforestation and its impacts. Find out more here
 
Recognizing outstanding conservation efforts
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund recognizes Milagre Nuvunga as Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot's ‘Hotspot Heroine’ for outstanding conservation efforts. Read more here
 
Establishing viable alternative livelihoods for conservation

 The Wildlife Conservation Society, Tanzania works to develop solutions to conservation and protected area management which integrates the needs of forest-adjacent and natural resource dependent communities. Anthony Minazi works as a coordinator for the organisation in the implementation of a CEPF funded project titled ‘Establishing Conservation Honey as a Viable Alternative Livelihood across Northern Lake Nyasa mountain complex’.




The project which was initiated in November 2013 strives to promote the active engagement in conservation by communities in eastern Tanzania within the Northern Lake Nyasa catchment area. This is done by creating long-term and sustainable benefits to local natural resource user groups, specifically through the creation and promotion of a cooperative for beekeepers. Through the project, cooperative members conduct beekeeping in villages adjacent to the Livingstone, Rungwe and Proto Ridge key biodiversity areas. Anthony attended a TBA training program in Mbeya, Tanzania in 2015 where he pointed out that he gained several skills and acquired relevant information from the program which has been essential in the implementation of the project.

“Through the training, we identified that developing sound and specific targets for the project is essential for its implementation. One of the targets identified for the project was conducting more stakeholder engagement. As a result, members of the local community who were previously not allowed to be involved in bee-keeping activities, such as women, are now involved in the project. In addition, focused institutional capacity building especially on natural resource has been conducted. This target has also enabled us to train local NGOs on beekeeping activities thus transferring more skills in the area. Another target identified through the training program was collection of more information. This target has led to the realization of the importance of collecting baseline information before starting a project in order to mitigate risks and any challenges that may arise during project implementation. I am really grateful to have attended the training and look forward to many more that will enable me to better implement future projects.”

Anthony Minazi, Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCS)


 
Site visits & learning exchanges
In our last bulletin, we informed you about a site exchange visit that took place in Uganda whereby two grantees from Kenya (Nature Kenya & Kijabe Environment Volunteers) we’re hosted by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust. All the participating parties had excellent feedback about the visit. Read more about this from one of the participating grantees.


Modesta, Serge and Ian Gordon during the visit

Host grantee: Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda
Visiting grantees:  The Nature Conservancy
Theme: Development of the ‘CRAG’ (Climate Resilient Altitudinal Gradient) land use intervention plan
Dates: 6th June – 10th July 2016

This exchange was organised with the aim of providing Ms. Modesta Medard from The Nature Conservancy with first-hand experience of the Kibira-Rusizi Landscape as she prepares to organise the Great Lakes Regional Conference in early 2017 where the Kibira-Rusizi CRAG will be featured. The host grantee, Mr. Serge Nsengimana is leading the CIP (Crag Implementation Plan) and had organised a technical workshop with regional experts from 6th to 8th July 2016. The visit provided a good opportunity for the two grantees to learn and share best practices in conservation and especially the development and launch of the Kibira-Rusizi CRAG.



    
The visiting grantees on site with the local guides
 
Host grantee/ Location: 1. Kijabe Environment Volunteers, KENVO, Kenya
                                        2. Loita Hills, Kenya
Visiting grantees: 1. University of Gondar, Ethiopia
                              2. Sustainable Natural Resource Management Authority, Ethiopia
Theme: Eco-tourism/biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement
Dates:  19th July – 24th July 2016
 
The exchange provided the visiting grantees with an insight on the development of eco-trails and engagement of the local communities in eco-tourism ventures. They visited KENVO’S Osotua eco-lodge and the Loita hills nature trails where the grantees got first-hand experience and lessons in the design of nature trails, marketing strategies, benefits sharing and the role of the local communities.

 

Opportunities


What:The JWH Initiative - Promoting Leadership of Young Environmentalists 2016

The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative offers grants to advance the leadership of young individuals working for or affiliated with environmental civil society organizations in developing and emerging countries. JWH especially encourages the nomination of young women and local community leaders.  Details

What: Prince Bernhard Nature Fund
The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund aims to help save critically endangered flora and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Details
Visit the TBA Bulletin Board for more grants, project funding and scholarship opportunities.

 

Events


What: World Mountain Forum 2016
The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda.


When: 17 - 20 October 2016, Uganda

What: Africa conference on Ecosystem Services
The Conference will convene under the theme, 'Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa'. Discussions will focus on Africa's contribution towards evidence on best practices for the management and restoration of ecosystem services for decision making, particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.

When: 21 - 25 November 2016, Kenya

Resources



What: Toolkit on facilitating stakeholder workshops

This toolkit aims to help NGOs organise successful stakeholder workshops without having to enlist the help of professional facilitators. Download

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