EACN Monthly Newsletter

October 2018 

The impact of a TBA Master Class: 1 year on

In November 2017, Thierry Aimable (Forest of Hope Association, Rwanda) took part in a Master Class facilitated by the TBA under its CEPF-funded project to build the capacity of its grantees. The Master Class’ objective was to build the capacity of Conservation managers from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in project design, and in measuring and communicating impacts. Thierry now shares the impact of the Master Class on his work one year on.
"I gained a lot of skills in the master class specifically on project-design leading to an impact oriented project; gender mainstreaming and stakeholder engagement and its contribution to project success; communicating project results; and procurement procedures and needed supporting documents. These skills have so far made my work in project implementation and management easier and have also significantly improved my level of work performance.

The skills gained helped me to design an impact-oriented project and the implementation is easier as I know what I need to achieve and the best way of involving diverse stakeholders to ensure the success of my project. I have shared all the information gained with my colleagues and we are all using the skills gained to improve what we do. Within our organization, we have used the skills to improve our procurement policy; collect gender desegregated data in our everyday work; and to improve our stakeholder engagement strategy.

TBA has experienced trainers and uses good methodologies that help trainees learn a lot on different topics. I wish to continue attending their trainings to learn about conservation. I also thank CEPF for building our capacity using this Master Class. This was really helpful. It has made a significant contribution to our everyday work and will continue helping us to do impact-oriented work all benefiting the biodiversity and local community well being."

 Incorporating conservation agriculture

Manda Wilderness Community Trust implemented a CEPF project from April 2015 to October 2017 aimed at training community members in northern Mozambique on the shores of Lake Malawi/Niassa KBA in sustainable agriculture techniques that improve productivity while reducing negative environmental impacts on the lake. The project succeeded in engaging community members from 16 villages in project activities including outreach, training, workshops, monitoring visits. Specific conservation agriculture methods were also introduced that are being used by community members reducing the dependence on fishing as an economic activity and encouraging biodiversity conservation. See lessons learnt by MWCT in ensuring the success in the design and implementation of the project here.

Opportunities and Resources

National Geographic Society — Participatory Science Zoo 
This  seeks proposals from around the world that will engage students and other citizen scientists in activities to address real world problems and lead to actions in science and conservation. Applicants should design and/or implement tools that support citizen science work, particularly data collection or data analysis. Typical proposal requests should be less than US$30 thousand, but applicants may request up to US$50 thousand. 
Deadline: 09 January 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society — Small Grants for Conservation Projects 
This makes grants for local conservation projects in developing countries. The grants are intended as seed money for communities and individuals. The Fund especially invites applications from the developing countries. Grants are a maximum of US$2 thousand for one year.
Deadline: 15 December 2018

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