Welcome to the first edition of the Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network Monthly Bulletin!

Dear EACN member,

We are very excited to present the first edition of the EACN monthly bulletin. There is not only so much exciting work going on within the Eastern Afromontane Conservation Network (EACN), but also interesting experiences and opportunities to learn from each other and this bulletin is just one way we can share this information.

By helping to organise these exciting developments, and provide you with a selection of stories, news, events and resources, we hope that this bulletin will help everyone stay in touch with what’s going on in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot.

In this edition, you will find an interesting piece on how Action for Environmental Sustainability (Malawi) is using Microfinance to improve community livelihoods. Additionally, we feature a video interview by Professor Abebe Getahun of Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), speaking about the importance of protecting fish in Ethiopia’s Lake Tana for socio-ecological well-being. You will also find several relevant grants, opportunities and events that you should take advantage of.

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

Microfinance for sustainable livelihoods in Malawi
Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES), has through the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) established 20 village-based savings and loan associations, which are helping more than 350 local community members in Malawi develop environmentally sensitive, green microenterprises that use renewable natural resources to enhance and diversify livelihood options and increase their family income. Read more about it here and here.

Conserving endemic fish stocks of Lake Tana for people and the environment
Professor Abebe Getahun of Addis Ababa University tells us about the leading role he is playing in protecting endemic fish species of Lake Tana and Abay Basin in Ethiopia through research, awareness raising and enhancing co-management.


What: Conservation Fund 2016 Grants

Applications for Conservation Fund 2016 grants are now open. The Fund has 4 major areas of focus: species research, habitat protection, conservation education, and animal rescue and rehabilitation. Details

Deadline: 30 April 2016

What: ARCOS Small Grants Programme

The ARCOS Small Grants enhance collaboration to develop sustainable solutions for biodiversity and people, focusing on critical landscapes and watersheds of the Albertine Rift, the Great Lakes Region, and the African mountains. The maximum grant is US$5 thousand. Details

Deadline: 15 May and 30 November 2016

Visit the TBA Bulletin Board for more grants, project funding and scholarship opportunities.



What: Master Class in Project Design and Implementation

A specialist training course in designing quality projects to deliver clear and measurable conservation impacts in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot. Details

When: 29 February - 4 March 2016

What: 14th Pan-African Ornithological Congress

The congress will take place between 16 - 21 October 2016 in Dakar, Senegal under the theme "Global Challenges: Threats and Opportunities for birds in Africa." Details

Abstract Deadline: 3 April 2016

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