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) has invested USD 12 million in this amazing hotspot (2012-2020). BirdLife International was the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) that facilitated this investment.

CEPF supported 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 was too high, no species too 'uncharismatic', no threat too scary - CEPF grantees have been going out of their way to protect this region's unique biodiversity. Read their stories, here below.

Stunning panoramic of Flamingos at Lake Bogoria © Anthony Ochieng
Volunteer conservationists draw attention to Lake Bogoria News 7 April 2017
Lake Bogoria is a great attraction for tourists, but it is also an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, hosting flocks of Lesser Flamingos and hot springs.
Some of the trainees in the highlands of Yemen ©Hakim Aulaiah
Biodiversity conservation in Yemen – joining forces for the future News 19 October 2016
Conservationists in war-torn Yemen are organising themselves to be ready for conservation action - when it is safe again.
Igamba Falls on the Malagarasi River, Tanzania ©John Friel
Malagarasi river finds favor with local women News 14 October 2016
In the Malagarasi River basin in Tanzania, a CEPF-funded project – through the small grants programme managed by BirdLife International – engaged women to help conserve one of the world’s most important parts of the Eastern Afromontane hotspot.
A young chimpanzee in Mahale National Park ©Daniel Rosengren/FZS
The Chimpanzee Motorway - Connecting Forest Habitats in Western Tanzania News 6 October 2016
The boundaries of a new proposed Forest Reserve in the Greater Mahale KBA in Tanzania (Eastern Afromontane hotspot) have been approved by the District Authorities.
Sedimentation in Lake Kivu, fish breeding sites are threatened ©ACNR
Efforts to enhance climate change resilience in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basins News 18 August 2016
The CRAG project is applying various conservation approaches and activities, such as integrated water management; ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change; soil erosion, pollution and forest management; and community livelihoods, which have impact across a landscape gradient in ways that directly benefit human wellbeing and the biodiversity.
View of Lake Kivu from Rusizi River © Josep Casas
Sediment fingerprinting: monitoring erosion in the Lake Kivu-Rusizi River landscape News 26 July 2016
Erosion resulting from human activities such as agriculture is a widespread and major cause of land degradation. Addressing erosion and sedimentation is therefore central to the CRAG approach currently being piloted in the Lake Kivu–Rusizi River Basins in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda.
Malagarasi River ©Anthony Ochieng
New partnership to safeguard Malagarasi River System News 27 May 2016
The Malagarasi River faces many urgent threats, mainly from development activities such as salt mining, hydropower dam constructions, and pressure from agriculture activities. How do you ensure that the local communities benefit without damaging the river’s biodiversity?
Ruth, one of the young women who have joined the group of local guides (Eco-Tourism group) clearing some of the nature trails in the Kikuyu Escarpment forest in Kenya © KENVO
Women in Conservation: de-mystifying the myth of ‘the weaker sex’ News 28 January 2016
Second article in the new series about 'women in conservation', based on the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that have been implemented at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.
The women are back! News 20 January 2016
Continuation of the series about 'women in conservation', based on the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that have been implemented at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.
Oil prospects in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park are branded by species, including rii, the word for giraffe in the Luo language; © Megan Seman​
CEPF Celebrates Its 2,000th Grantee: NatureUganda News 2 December 2015
NatureUganda's Programme Manager Michael Opige talks about the goal of sustainably managing oil and gas exploration in Uganda's Albertine Graben, also known as the Albertine Rift Region
CEPF’s ‘rapid response fund’ in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot – a first success News 20 November 2015
A first grant under the 'rapid response fund' has been provided to Conservation Lake Tanganyika (CLT), a local NGO in Zambia. CLT’s project aimed to enhance the participation of local people in the management of two KBAs (also an Important Bird Area) in Zambia: Sumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Management Area.
Beads and other creations of Eunice Kazula from Mbueca village ©Stefni Muller
Manda Wilderness Women turn Earth into Art News 12 November 2015
The women of Manda Wilderness in Northern Mozambique are turning the earth beneath their feet into objects of beauty that could also earn them some much-welcome cash. The Manda Wilderness Bio-Diversity Project, run by the Manda Wilderness Community Trust and funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), has its main aims at protecting the Lake Niassa region, a key biodiversity area.