The Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network Monthly Bulletin March 2016

Dear EACN member,

Welcome to the second edition of the EACN monthly bulletin. First of all, we would like to thank you for the feedback you shared, and the interest you've shown in being featured in the bulletin. Keep up the spirit!   
This month, there has been a host of activities implemented within the hotspot. In this edition, we share great news from a collaborative engagement between BirdLife Zimbabwe and MICAIA Foundation which was born out of a site exchange visit facilitated by the TBA. We also share news from Tanzania, where Development Impact demonstrates the importance of putting women at the forefront of conservation initiatives. Lastly, check out and take advantage of the several opportunities, events and resources that have been shared.

We hope this documentation provides good insights on the conservation progress of the hotspot, and we look forward to sharing your stories in our upcoming bulletin.

Any feedback on this issue and contributions to future issues of the bulletin are most welcome. Please forward them directly to the network manager -

Enjoy your reading
The TBA team

Cross-border collaboration in Chimanimani: Placing communities at the centre

"Transboundary Cooperation in the Chimanimani Mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique" is the title of a new collaborative project between BirdLife Zimbabwe and MICAIA of Mozambique. Conceived during a site exchange and learning visit that was facilitated by the Tropical Biology Association (TBA) late last year, this project involves strengthening the capacity of the communities working on either side of the Chimanimani transboundary Key Biodiversity Area. Ultimately, this collaboration will bring about better managed formal protected areas and more sustainable use of the surrounding buffer zones. 
This initiative is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), demonstrating the widespread interest in cooperative approaches to conservation management.

Cross-border collaboration in Effective project design and implementation for
 improved conservation impact 

 The TBA delivered a specialist training course  in designinquality projects    for conservation managers implementing projects in the Eastern                      Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot from 29 February to 4 March 2016 in Kenya. With a focus on 'how to get it done', the course brought together six conservation managers from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, among others and included  practical sessions  on managing conservation impact. Read more about it here.
Empowering women to become agents of change for forest conservation
Development Impact, a Tanzanian NGO has been working towards sound forest conservation by targeting local women in the Njombe forests as the key agents of change. Through the support of the CEPF, DI has built the capacity of 345 women in conservation, village banking systems and small business development and management, bringing about widespread impact in local livelihoods and environmental conservation. Read more here


What: The Waterloo Foundation Grant Programme 

The Waterloo Foundation offers funding for projects which can mitigate the danaging effects of human influence on the environmen. The programme supports conservation projects touching on two main themes: marine and tropical rainforests which have separate deadlines for application depending on the theme of the project. Details 

Deadline: Marine - 1 September 2016; Tropical Rainfgorests 1 June & 1 December 2016


What: Third African Congress for Conservation Biology

Abstracts are being accepted for the 3rd African Congress for Conservation Biology whose theme is "conservation biology in Africa: challenges of globalisation" The congress will provide the space and platform to share and discuss recent research findings and conservation experiences, to build networks, to form collaborations and to identify strategies for addressing the meeting's theme. Details

Abstract Deadline:30 April 2016


What: A guide to effective community consultations

Community consultations are an important part of involvement, giving locals an opportunity to share their experiences, knowledge and opinions. This guide from the Adaptation Fund Network offers information on four different methods of community consultation and tries to help along
the process of preparing, conducting and analysing these consultations. Download
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