Eastern Afromontane hotspot news


The Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot is one of the Earth’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, the most biologically rich yet threatened areas around the globe. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is investing USD 12 million in this amazing hotspot (2012-2019). BirdLife International is the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) that facilitates this investment.

CEPF supports civil society groups to conserve Key Biodiversity Areas, and the species who live at these priority sites, in the region. This page provides news from the field, to show you who has been implementing this much-needed work, where, how, and to what effect.

No mountain is too high, no species too 'uncharismatic', no threat too scary - CEPF grantees are going out of their way to protect this region's unique biodiversity. Read their stories, here below.

FHA community work known as "Umuganda" to refill the mining pits © FHA
Corporate mainstreaming - tackling the negative impacts of mining on biodiversity Basic page 11 December 2019
Forest of Hope Association, CEPF grantee in Rwanda, addresses the negative impacts of mining at the Gishwati forest KBA
Ruhondeza, the legendary gorilla © CTPH
From human-wildlife conflicts to a human-gorilla friendship Basic page 28 October 2019
This is the story of Ruhondeza, the legendary gorilla that lives on in the hearts and minds of the community at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, an Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area in Uganda.
One of the Marsh Rangers talking to community members about community involvement during a meeting organized by local leaders © RWCA
Community conservation in Rwanda leads to surge in local Crane population Basic page 11 October 2019
The Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association is working with communities at Rugezi Marsh KBA to protect the Grey Crowned Cranes at this wetland. This has lead to a 42% increase in numbers of Cranes, from 94 in 2018 to 134 in 2019!
Batwa Forest Experience © MUST
Empowerment through Ecotourism Basic page 27 September 2019
The “Bwindi Batwa Forest Experience” is an ecotourism venture at the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, an Eastern Afromontane KBA in Uganda.
Fodder distribution © Olivier Ngabonziza
Fodder for conservation - a win-win situation in rural Rwanda Basic page 29 August 2019
CEPF grantee the International Crane Foundation supports Rwandan famers with fodder for their cattle, in order to protect Rugezi Marsh Key Biodiversity Area.
Nature Tanzania's CEPF-funded project at Amani Basic page 26 August 2019
Some time ago, we posted an article about Nature Tanzania's efforts to protect the Critically Endangered Long-billed Forest Warbler in the East Usambara Mountains, an Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area in Tanzania. Here are a few pictures that tell this story even better.
Lakica Diana
From wildlife artist to wildlife scout: the conservation champion of Murchison Community Conservancy Basic page 13 August 2019
The Africa Wildlife Foundation, funded by CEPF, is working with local land-owners next to Murchison Falls National Park to establish a community conservancy. The conservancy is patrolled by volunteer scouts, who ensure that people and animals don't get too much in each other's way...
WCS staff (Gratien Gatorano) demonstrating how to set and fix a camera trap © Catherine Akuku
Cyamudongo KBA in Rwanda – how to know what is there (and what not)? Basic page 9 August 2019
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) / Nyungwe National Park management, and with funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), has carried out the first camera trap study of Cyamudongo Forest KBA to explore its biodiversity.
Five ways CEPF grantees in Eastern Africa are considering 'Gender' to help achieve their conservation goals Basic page 17 July 2019
Five ways to apply 'gender considerations' to conservation projects, tried and tested in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot...
A group of farmers, just before planting about 1000 native trees seedlings in Maesopsis eminii plots © Victor Mkongewa
New hope for survival of the Long-billed Forest Warbler Basic page 15 July 2019
Nature Tanzania (BirdLife Partner in Tanzania) is working with local communities from Mbomole and Shebomeza villages in Tanzania to remove an invasive tree species Maesopsis eminii, and plant indigenous tree species suitable for the survival of the Long-billed Forest Warbler.
Bar-tailed Trogon by Leslie Reynolds
Mafinga Mountain Survey – birds, bats and other discoveries Basic page 11 April 2019
A team of experts from BirdWatch Zambia (BirdLife in Zambia) climbed the Mafinga Hills KBA in Zambia. They found out that it was the highest point of the country. They also found some amazing biodiversity.
TOUCHWOOD Basic page 21 January 2019
A wonderful new book, supported by CEPF through a small grant facilitated by BirdLife International, was launched in Tanzania. It highlighs the value of biodiversity of Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, part of the Eastern Afromontane hotspot.