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.

Women in Conservation: Let women benefit from ecotourism revenues - biodiversity will benefit, too News 19 March 2015
This third article in the series about 'women in conservation' describes how a more equitable sharing of ecotourism revenues between men and women would benefit conservation and sustainable development at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Women in Conservation: Songs for the Forest News 16 March 2015
This second article in the series about 'women in conservation' shows how Maasai women in the Loita Hills (South Nguruman Important Bird Area/Key Biodiversity Area, Kenya) are eager to protect their forest - if only the men would allow it.
GIRRRRL POWER! News 26 February 2015
Involving women in conservation - a smart plan, or still a bit of a taboo? Conservation International, supported by BirdLife International, funds five small and innovative projects in East Africa that aim to provide a better understanding of what's really going on between men and women in environmental decision-making. The first of a series of eyeopening articles...
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Stakeholders Call for Linkage on South-West Ethiopia Biosphere Reserves Basic page 12 December 2014
In the mid-August 2014 MELCA-Ethiopia in collaboration with Ministry of Science and Technology and Jimma University organized a stakeholders meeting at Jimma University.
Buy One, Get One Free: Leveraging Conservation Investments in Africa News 5 December 2014
The Promise of Sydney takes shape with more than 6000 participants attending the World Parks Congress. More than 50 BirdLife delegates from 26 countries pledged to put their considerable IBA network data at the disposal of conservationists worldwide.
KIWOCEDU stories Basic page 10 November 2014
  Both stories by Lorna Tulyahawa, KIWOCEDU  
Many more threatened species in an East African biodiversity hotspot than thought News 19 September 2014
The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya (EACF) are currently understood to host over 750 globally threatened species of plants and animals, more than double the 333 species listed in an assessment undertaken in 2003.
Grassroot women groups advocate for change in Kikuyu Escarpment Basic page 5 September 2014
5 February 2015, Kiambu County stakeholders forum organised by KENVO
Welcome to Taita Hills, Kenya – a guide is now available! News 20 August 2014
A guide to Taita Hills’ unique natural history has just been released. This book, authored by Lawrence Wagura, a naturalist and fieldworker based at the National Museums of Kenya is the first published guide for this important site.
Community Based Forest Management in Bechi Peasant Association exceeds expectations News 15 August 2014
The Bechi Kebele is home to 10,171 people, most of which are dependent on the slowly dwindling Sheka forest. God for People Relief and Development Organisation (GPRDO) has been working in this region since 2005 to promote community based forest management systems. In 2013 GPRDO was able to expand their work in this region after receiving a grant from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to implement GPRDO’s project.
Two new CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot calls for Letters of Inquiry News 7 August 2014
The CEPF Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot programme announces two new calls for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). The 7th Call for Proposals is for small grants (up to USD 10,000) for urgent action at highly threatened KBAs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The 8th Call for Proposals is for large grants (of more than USD 20,000) and small grants (of USD 20,000 or less) in Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC, Tanzania and Zambia.