EACN Monthly Newsletter

May 2018 

Honing skills in conservation project design

On 18th May 2018, 8 conservation managers working across the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot headed home with new skills in designing impact-based conservation projects. The eight took part in a 5-day Master Class facilitated by the TBA and funded by the CEPF in its aim to build the capacity of its grantees. The Master Class enhanced the conservation managers’ knowledge in project design, monitoring and evaluation; budgeting and financial management; stakeholder analysis; communities and their diversity; gender and ethics issues in conservation; and effective project reporting and communication.
“The training was very informative and the trainers were just perfect. The teaching aid and methods were also perfect” Jabes Okumu, East African Wild Life Society

Lessons from Bahir Dar University's community-based conservation project  . 

From February 2015 to July 2017, Bahir Dar University implemented a CEPF–funded project that aimed at improving the management of Little Abbai River where it flows into Lake Tana in Ethiopia by working with communities. The project succeeded in developing the Little Abbai River mouth wetland’s management plan and created alternative livelihoods for fish and wetland resources development cooperatives and local communities, to improve the protection status of the KBA. Through the project, Bahir Dar University identified the importance of awareness creation and training when working with communities and the importance of engaging women in conservation. See further lessons learnt by Bahir Dar University during the design and implementation of the project here.

Discovering the conservation value of the Njesi Plateau KBA

With funding from CEPF, Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO) undertook a survey of the Njesi Plateau KBA in order to obtain information on the various species present in the region. This species identification will aid in identifying their conservation value. The survey led to the identification of and endangered bird existing in abundance in the region and new identification of different species of invertebrates. Findings from the survey indicated the biological value of the KBA highlighting its need for conservation. Read more about BINCO’s survey here.

Opportunities and Resources

World Land Trust - Land Purchase for Conservation
The Trust provides funding for the initial acquisition of land that has conservation importance. It also funds additional activities related to protection, biodiversity monitoring, education, outreach, habitat restoration, and species reintroduction.
Deadline: Open until filled

Rainforest Action Network- Protect-an-Acre-Fund
The Protect-an-Acre Fund makes small grants to protect forests, promote local self-sufficiency, and strengthen the rights and livelihoods of forest communities. Grants are to local forest communities, indigenous federations, and NGOs active in rainforest zones worldwide.
Deadline: Open until filled
Phoenix Zoo-Funding for Wildlife Conservation and Science
The Phoenix Zoo (Arizona, USA) makes small grants to support wildlife conservation and science worldwide. Grants are limited to US$3 thousand for one year. Priority is for practical projects that help build capacity, and that involve local communities.
Deadline: 01 December 2018

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