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									        REGIONAL PROGRAMS MONTHLY REPORTS
                    October 2005

BRAZIL
Progress towards outcomes

Programatic
 International Forest Dialogue Follow up: Based on the success of the International
   Forest Dialogue, an on-going international multi-stakeholder dialogue process
   focused on forestry related issues, IBio (CBC-partner), TNC-Brazil and the CI-Brazil
   have organized together a follow up dialogue focused specifically on the Atlantic
   Forest of Brazil. The first meeting was held in Teresópolis, RJ, with the participation
   of six forestry companies and ten NGOs. This multi-sectoral dialogue focuses on
   practical and cost-effective ways in which forestry companies can contribute towards
   large-scale conservation outcomes, such as the implementation of the Central
   Corridor, in addition to achieving their business results. We will also propose
   alternative models for forest protection in private lands to the federal and state
   governments. This dialogue will hopefully generate additional options for the creation
   of protected areas on private lands, which will both expand the private reserve
   network and improve the ecological benefits of these protected areas.
 Kayapó project in USAID Meeting: CI-Brazil participated in the XIV Annual
   USAID meeting, entitled ―Connecting communities and market to strengthen forest
   governance‖, from October 3 - 6 in Rio Branco, in the Amazonian state of Acre. CI-
   Brazil presented the Kayapó Project and the activities that are being developed in
   partnership local NGOs Protected Forest Association (AFP) and Raoni Institute (IR),
   with the objective to support 12 Kayapo communities to conduct territorial
   surveillance and develop economic alternatives.
 Identification of KBAs. A team of CI-Brazil has just finished the identification of
   all KBAs in the country for globally threatened vertebrate species. The first draft of
   this process is under review and will be distributed soon.
 Monitoring Protected Areas in Brazil: In mid-October, CI Brazil and TEAM
   participated from a meeting hosted by IBAMA to discuss methodologies and survey
   protocols for monitoring biodiversity in Protected Areas. TEAM presented its
   methodology, which will serve as the basis for IBAMA‘s monitoring system.

Seascapes
 Cassurubá Protected Area: A biological diagnostics was conducted from October
   9th through the 23th for the creation of the new Marine Extractive Reserve of
   Cassuruba, near Caravelas, BA. The study, coordinated by CI-Brazil in partnership
   with the Mangrove Research Unit of the State University of Rio de Janeiro and
   IBAMA, highlights the description of vegetation formations and interpretation of the
   aero-photography study conducted by CI-Brazil in 1997. In addition to being a pre-




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    requisite for the establishment of a new PA, this diagnostics will also contribute to the
    demarcation of proposed boundaries.
   Fighting shrimp farms in Abrolhos: CI Brazil‘s Marine Program is intensifying its
    efforts to contain a huge undertaking of shrimp farming proposed for Abrolhos‘ main
    estuary. In addition to the large effort to clarify the impacts of this activity to the local
    community, CI is communicating with the Environmental Ministry, Public Attorney‘s
    Office, IBAMA and local NGOs. The strategy is to bring the discussion about
    crustacean farming to the national level and propose a moratorium on new farms until
    irregularities presented by the current farms are resolved.

Important Staff Issues

Programatic
 Erika Guimarães, Coordinator of the Pantanal Program, and Myriam Gomes,
   economist, left CI-Brazil. CI-Brazil has currently five opened positions: Manager for
   the Pantanal Program, Manager of Corporate Partnerships, GIS Specialist, and two
   positions for Communication Specialists. These positions have been widely
   announced.

Other

Programatic
 FUNBIO proposals approved: On October 18, the Board of the Brazilian
   Biodiversity Fund – FUNBIO announced the proposals that will be financed by the
   Integrated Program for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use (Programa
   Integrado de Conservação e Uso Sustentável da Biodiversidade - Picus). This
   Program aims to 1) multiply the impact of activities for conservation and sustainable
   use of biodiversity, focusing in certain strategically important areas, and 2) optimize
   and integrate actions by various partners, generating more visibility and financial
   support for activities that will help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity
   in Brazil. Three initiatives were approved, which combined will receive the sum of
   US$ 5 million for investments in conservation and sustainable use actions in a period
   of 12 years. The Murici Pact initiative for protection of the Northeastern Atlantic
   Forest – in the Northeast Biodiversity Corridor, was among the proposals approved.
   The Murici Pact is an alliance between CI–Brazil, BirdLife International –Brazil,
   Center for Research and Environmental of the Northeast – CEPAN, SOS Mata
   Atlântica Foundation, Institute Friends of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve,
   TNC – Brazil, Northeastern Ecological Society and Society and WWF – Brazil.
 Pilot Program to Conserve the Brazilian Rain Forest: The Demonstration
   Projects Subprogram (PDA) of the Pilot Program to Conserve the Brazilian Rain
   Forest (PPG-7) supports local initiatives in Atlantic Forest that envision conservation
   and sustainable natural resource use while contributing to the knowledge base that is
   used to formulate government policies. Of the 50 projects for the Atlantic Forest
   focusing on conservation and restoration recently approved by the PDA Program, 16
   (32%) are initiatives led by partners of the CBC and the Atlantic Forest CEPF small
   grants program. This will amount to $2.9 million dollars over the next 3 years in two


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    biodiversity corridors – Central and Serra do Mar Corridors and one KBA – KBA
    Caratinga.
   Rio Tinto Brazil Workshop: From October 11 through the 14th, the Director of
    CI – Pantanal, Mônica Harris, participated from the Biodiversity Workshop
    from Rio Tinto Brazil, in Corumbá, Mato Grosso do Sul. The meeting focused
    on the evaluation of possible impacts on biodiversity – and the strategies to
    alleviate them, related to this Company’s activities of mining, processing and
    transportation of minerals in the Pantanal region. Other participants included
    Rio Tinto’s international partners - Fauna and Flora International, Kew
    Gardens, Bird Life International and Pro-Natura. Mônica Harris delivered a
    presentation about the possible impacts of such operation in the Pantanal and
    the importance of collaboration and consultation with the communities directly
    impacted.
   I Brazilian Congress on Environmental Journalism: One thousand journalists
    from all over Brazil and Latin America attended the 1st Brazilian Congress for
    Environmental Journalism in Santos, São Paulo state, during October 12
    through 14. CI Brazil supported the event with workshops, presentations,
    launches, prizes to participants and distribution of materials.
   New GCF funding for Amapá: GCF - Global Conservation Fund approved
    US$150,000 to continue support of the Amapá Biodiversity Corridor. The list of
    activities to be conducted in this Corridor includes social and biological
    inventories, infrastructure implementation for protected areas and management
    plans, among others. These activities will take place in the Montanhas do
    Tumucumaque National Park, Amapá National Forest, Iratapuru Sustainable
    Development Reserve and new PAs.
   New NOAA funding for Abrolhos Region: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric
    Administration - NOAA approved a US$37,000 proposal to support the project
    "Promoting the effective management of a network of MPAs in the largest
    Southwestern Atlantic coral reef complex", in partnership with the Brazilian
    Environmental Agency – IBAMA, the local NGOs Prado Association for
    Environmental Protection - APPA and Humpback Whale Institute – IBJ,
    University of São Paulo - USP and the local Fishermen Association to progress
    with the implementation of PAs in the Abrolhos Complex.
   New SW&BG funding for spider monkey study: The Sea World & Busch
    Gardens Conservation Fund approved a US$10,000 grant for the project
    "Geographic Distribution, Ecology and Conservation of Ateles marginatus, an
    Endangered and Endemic Primate of Brazilian Amazonia". The project will be
    conducted by Andre Ravetta, working with partner NGO SAPOPEMA in the
    state of Pará.
   Potential Financing for Tumucumaque National Park: The Brazil Program is
    working with Iara Lee of the Iara Lee & George Gund Foundation, to submit a
    proposal to support the Montanhas do Tumucumaque National Park with
    US$50,000. Between October 19th and 21st, Iara and George visited the State of
    Amapá with Enrico Bernard from CI Brazil. The tour started with an overflight
    of the Tumucmaque National Park, where they could experience the intactness
    and beauty of the area. Iara and George were also introduced to CI's local


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    partners, such as the State Institute for Science and Technology (IEPA), The
    Brazilian Environmental Institute (IBAMA) and the Government of Amapá. At
    IEPA, George and Iara had the chance to meet the scientists responsable for a
    series of biological inventories that IEPA and CI are conducting in the Amapá
    Biodivresity Corridor. Guided by IEPA's President, Antônio Farias, they also
    visited the zoological collections and the herbarium, both recently upgraded with
    CI's resources. At IEPA's Museu Sacaca, Iara and George had the chance to
    visit the Photographic Exhibition "Viagem ao Mundo da Biodiversidade", a
    photo journey to the world's Hotspots and Wilderness Areas, produced by CI
    and donated to the Museu Sacaca. A special part of this exhibition focused on
    Amazonia and the Amapá Biodiversity Corridor and presented part of the
    results from the expeditions. Later, Alberto Goes, Amapá's State Secretary of
    Development received George and Iara, representing the Governor
    of Amapá. Iara and George left Amapá with a very good impression of the
    Corridor, the State Government's involvement and the work that CI is
    developing there.
   Conservation of Endangered Cats and Birds in the Cerrado: The the National
    Environmental Fund (FNMA) approved 2 proposals from CI Brazil’s partners
    in the Cerrado: 1) a US$ 45,000 project from Biotrópicos Institute, NGO based
    in Belo Horizonte, to work with conservation of endangered cats will be carried
    out in the 580,708.5 acres of Grande Sertão Veredas National Park, and 2) a
    US$130,000 project from local partner Oréades was approved for conservation
    of endangered birds in the Emas-Taquari Corridor. Both projects will receive
    technical support from CI’s Cerrado Program. In total, three projects from CI
    Brazil’partners in the Cerrado have been approved by the FNMA, since the
    Ecológica de Palmas Institute was approved in February to work with rural
    settlements in PA’s buffer zones of the Araguaia Corridor.

Seascapes
 Marine Program in Australia: From October 23 through the 28th, Guilherme Dutra
   and Rodrigo Moura participated from the International Marine Parks Congress in
   Geelong, Australia, where they presented CI‘s work in Abrolhos. This Congress, a
   ―marine version‖ of the World Parks Congress, was organized by the Australian
   government and the IUCN.

Media Hits

   Planeta Series: The October issue of Planeta Magazine published the article ―Open
    your eyes: You have arrived at the Paradise of Corals‖, which carries information
    about the National Marine park of Abrolhos and uses data and photos from CI Brazil.
   Ford Award in Terra da Gente Magazine: The October edition publish the article
    ―Winning Partnership‖, which CI Brazil and Ford‘s partnership of 10 years to support
    environmental conservation and sustainable development in Brazil, through the Ford
    Award. Marcele Bastos was interviewed about the importance of such initiative to an
    institution like CI Brazil.



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   Children’s Day Campaign: On October 12th, Children‘s Day in Brazil, the
    newspaper O Estado de São Paulo published the campaign advertisement created by
    JW Thompson for CI Brazil. The idea was to send a simple and direct message for
    clear understanding of both adult and young publics. CI Brazil has plans to insert
    another version of this campaign in other newspapers and magazines, like Terra da
    Gente, Eco 21, Planeta, Horizonte Geográfico e JB Ecológico.
   Veja On-Line: In the article ―Amazonia can‘t wait‖, from October 12th, José Maria
    Cardoso da Silva talks about solutions to develop the region while protecting its
    natural resources.
   Repórter Eco in Amazonia: TV Cultura staff followed the most recent scientific
    expedition to the Montanhas do Tumucumaque National Park, led by CI Brazil‘s
    Enrico Bernard. On October 2nd, TV Cultura aired the program ―Amapá – one of the
    States that preserves more areas of forest – implements Biodiversity Corridor‖ and on
    October 9th ―A scientific expedition to the extreme north of Brazil to visit the
    National Park of Montanhas do Tumucumaque, in Amapá‖.


ANDES

Progress towards outcomes

Programatic
 North Andean (NACC): CI-Colombia is supporting with a RAP to the evaluation of
   the Corridor area Guantiva-La Rusia, in order to define the best conservation
   strategies for oak forests and Paramo areas. These ecosystems constitute important
   spaces for the conservation of various globally threatened species and which are
   conservation priorities within NACC.
 Chocó-Manabí (CMCC): CI-Colombia, the National Federation of Coffee
   Producers and the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Cauca´s Valley launched the
   conservation coffee product ―Valle de Conservación‖ at the stores of Juan Valdez
   coffee in Colombia. 720 families have adopted the concept of conservation coffee and
   are contributing to connectivity in the micro-corridor between Serranía de los
   Paraguas and Tatamá NP (12,000 ha approximately). In the Ecuadorian Side, the Awa
   Federation (FCAE) reaffirmed interest in the Awa Life Reserve project. As a first
   step, the FCAE leaders will implement divulgation and communication activities with
   the Awa communities to define the real feasibility to create a Community
   Conservation Area.
 Species: The AICA‘s publication (Important Bird Areas in the Tropical Andes) was
   launched successfully at the second Peruvian Ornithological Congress held in
   Chiclayo, Perú. Under the Threatened Species Initiative, 27 scholarships,
   corresponding to the first call for proposals, were approved; their implementation will
   start this trimester. The first five numbers of the new Series Notebook Field Guides -
   marine turtles, parrots and related birds, Guans and Chachalacas, aquatic mammals,
   and harlequin Frogs - of the Andean region, are in print and will be ready by the end
   of October in a quantity of 80,000 copies each one. The Amphibian GEF Project was
   successfully presented to the Andean Community (CAN) and to the Peruvian Natural


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    Resources Institute (INRENA). The latter institute will assume the regional
    leadership of the project.
   Analysis and Monitoring Unit (AMU): CAF has decided to launch an entire new
    version of the CONDOR tool. The new proposal was completed and reviewed in a
    preliminary meeting with our CAF counterpart. A formal presentation is scheduled
    for November. AMU received products from its regional GAP analysis project with
    partner CIET-IVIC. After a thorough revision of project results, AMU has requested
    CIET-IVIC to review the base files in detail to correct some errors so as to ensure that
    quality standards are not compromised. Unfortunately, this will delay the timing on
    getting this information out to others.

Seascapes
 Malpelo: On October 27 the Government of Colombia declared the extension of
   Malpelo´s Flora and Fauna Sanctuary from 113 to 2500 square miles with the island
   as its epicenter. CI-Colombia and Malpelo Foundation were the main government
   partners in this process.

Other

   Chocó-Manabí (CMCC): The proposal presented by CI-Ecuador to the Platform of
    Socio-Environmental Agreements (PLASA), for US$5,000, was approved. The
    proposal was designed to develop the strategy for the management of conflicts in the
    area of the Balzar Chachi Center, located within the Ecological Reserve Mache-
    Chindul. The environmental education project for the Ecological Reserve Mache-
    Chindul and Awacachi Biological Corridor, for US$571,735, was rejected. The
    project was presented to Toyota by partner organizations Ecopar, Sirua Foundation
    and Jatun Sacha with support of CI-Ecuador.
   Species: The publication process of the regional 5 mini-guides is receiving support of
    several Colombian Regional Environmental Corporations (which currently adds to
    US$250.000).
   North Andean (NACC): CI-Colombia and the Regional Autonomous Corporation of
    Caldas (CORPOCALDAS) signed an agreement for US$30,595. This amount is the
    contribution of CORPOCALDAS to the formulation of the management plan of
    Paramos in Caldas Department, phase one. In the context of the Tropical Forests
    Conservation Act (TFCA), CI-Colombia participated in the definition of the
    investment strategy for the Biosphere Reserve El Tuparro and of Serranía de los
    Yariguíes NP and opened the call for project funding in this area.
   External Grants: CI-Colombia and Malpelo Foundation signed a cooperation
    agreement for US$80,000 to implement the project ―Establishing the conservation
    basis o a new heritage, Malpelo-Colombia‖. This project will be funded with the
    resources of the Walton funded project.


GUIANAS



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Progress towards outcomes

Programatic
 Presentations on Wilderness Areas at 8th World Wilderness Congress in Alaska-
   Guianas CBC presented potential for transboundary conservation across the
   Guayana shield, Minister of Amerindian Affairs in Guyana presented an
   overview of Guyana’s commitment to Conservation and development of
   Protected areas and sustainable development. Two Indigenous representatives
   from Guyana: Cemci Sose , a Wai Wai representative from the Southern
   Rupununi Community Owned Conservation Area, and Sydney Allicock from
   Macushi community of Surama participated in the Native Lands symposium
   and presented case studies on conservation and community development in their
   lands.
 CIS presented CI’s Southern Conservation Corridor plan to the new Minister of
   Natural Resources in Suriname, and 20 other government delegates on October
   14, 2005.
 Cross-border meetings held in Alaska and in CIDC office to discuss larger vision
   for Guayana Shield Transboundary conservation corridor and potential for
   Head of State or senior Government official meetings in Amapa in 2006. The
   goal is to incorporate a larger regional vision in conservation and development
   planning across the region. The French AID has also expressed interest in
   supporting CI’s Guayana Shield corridor vision, a concept paper was submitted,
   and follow-up presentation will be scheduled.
 Community engagements with Wai Wai in Southern Guyana took place in
   October 2005. CI Guyana’s field team visited with the Wai Wai to work with the
   community to finalize community resource use data, initiate the collection of
   biological data for management of resource utilization and develop a plan for
   continued data gathering by the community, to increase awareness of
   conservation, Community Conservation Areas (CCA –IUCN Category) and
   discuss next steps for management planning and support for the area.
 Monitoring visits were made to the VCIF projects in the Upper Essequibo
   Conservation Concession stakeholder communities of Apoteri (sheep rearing),
   Rewa (eco-lodge) and Crash Water (handicraft center). The community projects
   will be completed by end November. CIG engaged the NRDDB in discussions on
   how to better manage the community-based projects.
 Drafts developed for Guyana Protected Areas Trust Fund – to be submitted to
   Government of Guyana and committee established to work on development of
   the Trust. GCF and CIG are supporting this effort
 The Werephai Caves in Southern Suriname proposed as Indigenous Sanctuaries
   were dated by the Smithsonian Institution to be 5,000 years old. GCF has
   committed resources to follow up on the establishment of the Indigenous
   sanctuaries and management planning. In addition CIS and Ecotourism
   program will provide support in tourism development in the area of
   Kwamalasemutu.
 Technical meeting was held in Suriname on 20 and 21 October with Nature
   Conservation Division and experts to prepare CSNR operational plan.


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   Biodiversity analysis and identification of KBAs for the Guianas – Suriname,
    Guyana and French Guiana by CI Guyana Biodiversity analyst and CI Brazil.
    Curtis Bernard from Guyana will work with CIS Biodiversity Analyst to further
    refine KBA’s, and to initiate monitoring of infrastructure, timber, mining etc.
    across the region as well as to monitor the state of biodiversity.

Important Staff Issues

   Stan Malone- founder of CI-Suriname -departed CI on October 1st.

Other

   GCF granted 140,000 for the Southern Suriname Conservation Corridor Program
   GCF granted 47,000 for the Upper Essequibo Conservation Concession in Guyana
   We are awaiting GCF response to proposal for Wai Wai Community Owned
    Conservation Area
   Proposal was submitted to Conservation Stewards program for support of Wai Wai
    Community Owned Conservation and development of conservation incentives
   Proposal was submitted to GoG/UNDP Capacity Building Project for support of Wai
    Wai Community Owned Conservation Area
   New opportunity to develop a community managed conservation area in North
    Rupununi Wetlands in Guyana is ready to move- funding is not presently available to
    support this program. CBC is working to identify potential sources of funding in
    Guyana through donor agencies.
   Neither CIS nor CIG are eligible for EU funding in latest RFA due to set up of
    financial reporting and status of Board of Directors in each country
   World Bank/GEF GPAS project is in ongoing negotiations with GOG and WB
   The Guyana draft Amerindian bill was read in the Guyana Parliament and
    subsequently sent to a select committee for refining. CIG was officially invited to
    attend the second reading of the important bill, which seeks to replace the Amerindian
    Act of 1951.
   CIS participated in UNDP and WWF financed workshop for the formulation of
    a national biodiversity strategy on 24 and 25 October, and was asked to facilitate
    one of the working groups, since we are considered an important player in
    biodiversity conservation.


SOUTHERN AFRICA
Progress Toward Outcomes

   A meeting was held with the Provincial Government of Kuando Kubango in Angola
    to exchange information regarding the planning and implementation of activities in
    southeastern Angola towards meeting the objectives of the Kavango-Zambezi
    Transfrontier Conservation Area. CI will host a group of dignitaries to visit a



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    Transfrontier Park in South Africa, and will support the training of a Conservation
    Manager by way of a one-year diploma course at the Southern Africa Wildlife
    College.
   Olivier Langrand, Leo Braack and Michael Chase authored a presentation at the 8 th
    World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage Alaska, based on establishing elephant
    corridors within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and the
    preparatory work required by way of removing landmines currently blocking such
    pathways
   Sandy Slater-Jones who is assisting local communities establish two community
    conservancies in the extreme eastern part of the Caprivi Strip of Namibia,
    accompanied a representative of one of these communities and also a representative
    of the San Bushmen in the Okavango Panhandle region to the 8th World Wilderness
    Congress in Anchorage, Alaska. Both representatives participated in discussion
    groups, giving poster presentations, and answering questions as well as of course
    receiving excellent exposure to the experiences of other cultural groups represented at
    the Congress. Many thanks to Sandy and also to Kristen Walker for enabling this
    opportunity.
   A book on Transfrontier Conservation Areas, jointly developed by CEMEX and CI,
    was launched at the 8th World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage, Alaska. The book
    is co-edited by Russ and Cristina Mittermeier amongst others, and contains chapters
    by several current or previous CI staff including Olivier Langrand, Sarah Frazee, Leo
    Braack, John Hanks.
   The elephant research project in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation
    Area is progressing well. Activities during the month included retrieving 3 satellite
    collars off elephant in the Okavango Delta, fitting three collars on elephant in the
    Caprivi Strip, commencing aerial surveys of elephant over south-west Zambia, south-
    east Angola, and Caprivi Strip, and various other activities such as assessing water
    availability in seasonal pans.
   Good progress is being made with preparation of a set of tender documents to identify
    a commercial company to manage the Gudigwa Ecotourism and Cultural Camp in
    partnership with the Bukakhwe San community situated north of the Okavango Delta.

Important Staff Issues

   A new position of Program Manager has been created, advertised and filled in the
    Southern Africa Wilderness Program; Rowena Smuts will be taking up this position
    as of 1st January 2006


INDO-BURMA
Progress Toward Outcomes

   We have almost completed our 3-year strategic planning process. Objectives and
    tasks have been completed for all three components. These will be compiled into a
    single document and form the basis of our work plans.


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   At the request of the Forestry Administration, we made a full-day series of
    presentations on the results of the last four years of on-the-ground work in the
    Cardamoms and plans for the future.
   The report The Effectiveness of Law Enforcement Against Forest and Wildlife Crime:
    a Study of Enforcement Disincentives and Other Relevant Factors in Southern
    Cambodia by Gordon Claridge, Veasna Chea-Leth, and In Van Chhoan is complete.
    The report was prepared with funding from USAID and forms part of CI‘s
    enforcement economics series. PDF copies are available upon request and a Khmer
    version is in preparation. The findings and recommendations were presented to
    government and NGO staff at a half-day workshop.
   Surveys by a CI-supported team of Cambodian herpetologists turned up important
    results. Two EN, three VU, and one NT turtle species were found at a single site—a
    large area of seasonally flooded forest that currently lies outside of Cambodia‘s
    protected area network. The site appeared to be a key breeding ground for all these
    species. Also, three of Cambodia‘s only (and declining) population of CR mangrove
    terrapin (a.k.a. Royal Turtle) were found in captivity.
   With CI support, the Cambodia turtle team organized a 1-day training course on turtle
    and tortoise ecology, identification, data recording, handling, and release for 35
    government rangers and staff from WCS, FFI, and WildAid. The course was
    originally developed by WCS/Cleveland Metro Parks in Vietnam where it has proved
    successful at improving the ability of law enforcement officials to deal with
    confiscations. Feedback from participants was very positive and the turtle team will
    hold similar courses in the field.
   CI consultant Ben Rawson met Tilo Nadler, Director of the Endangered Primate
    Rescue Center in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam to draft a workplan for the
    preparation of a Vietnam Primate Conservation Action Plan. CI supported work on
    this plan starting in 2000, but progress was slow and, in light of new taxonomic
    information, it essentially has to be restarted.

Important Staff Issues

   After working for two years as volunteers and taking on positions of increasingly
    greater responsibility, Heng Namyi and Heng Sokrith, graduates of the Royal
    University of Agriculture, were promoted to CI staff.

Other

   USAID/Cambodia has asked us to submit a $300K/3 year proposal to match the new
    USAID/Population-Environment project. The match will be used to expand our work
    geographically and support an enhanced IEC program.
   USAID/Cambodia approved a WildAid-CI-FFI proposal to strengthen law
    enforcement across the Cardamom Mountains. CI‘s provisional allocation is
    $450K/3 years.
   SWBG awarded us a $15,000 grant, which will attract a $5,000 CABS match, to
    support surveys of and development of protection plans for the EN (possibly CR)
    Asian arowana (a.k.a. dragonfish) in the Southern Cardamoms.


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   The Primate Action Fund awarded us a grant of $5,000 to support Ben Rawson‘s time
    working on the Vietnam Primate Conservation Action Plan.
   The letter of inquiry to the MacArthur Foundation to support students and early
    career conservationists in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia was turned down.
   The International Crane Foundation has closed down its office in Phnom Penh and we
    have agreed to house their one remaining staff. ICF will cover all her costs but she
    will devote 30% of her time to supporting CI‘s community engagement team.
   AFD has written the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, asking for a
    meeting to clarify outstanding issues associated with the 3-year FFEM grant to CI to
    build government capacity to take over management of the Central Cardamom
    Protected Forest. AFD‘s request for WHS listing has proved problematic.
   Ms. Jodi Rowley, who‘s completing her PhD on fungal infections of frogs at James
    Cook University, Queensland, visited Phnom Penh and Thma Bang. She has
    expressed interest in joining the program to work on amphibian research, training,
    and conservation with a possible focus on southern China.
   Wildlife biologists Annette Olsson and David Emmett left to join a month-long RAP
    in northeast Nepal. They will return to Cambodia in mid-November.


MELANESIA

Progress Toward Outcomes

   Technical Team: (a) Dr. W. Takeuchi completed NG plant database (an external grant
    output), which notes locations and habitats for a large number of Red Listed species
    for our Outcomes Definition for the New Guinea Wilderness; (b) Compiled GIS
    processing steps/decisions from previous analyses into database and designed
    standard output report; (c) Entered sample bird data from map-derived lat-longs into
    database; (d) Updated mammal lists based on new GMA taxonomy and Red List
    categories; (e) Several useful reports outputs designed, for KBAs, and for species
    outcomes by Hotspots/Countries/programmes/sites
   Milne Bay Marine: (a) Commenced turtle and dugong traditional knowledge data
    capture; (b) Finalizing dugong and sea grass survey around the Samarai area; (c)
    Commenced annual turtle monitoring assessment around the Louisiade area (Conflict
    Group of Islands and Long-Kross/Bramble reef area); (d) Prepare Ware Island reports
    on the turtle and dugong surveys; (e) Finalize draft MPA management options paper
    for Nuakata; (f) Full draft options paper presented to Netuli community and feedback
    collected from communities; (g) Data analysis for Nuakata household survey
    completed; (h) MOU with the ADB-funded Coastal Fisheries Management and
    Development Project signed, and with World Fish Center (New Caledonia/Malaysia)
    finalised; (i) Project proposals for bêche-de-mer research work initiated; (j)
    Demonstration farm sites in Nuakata progressing well, with plantings complete of a
    variety of crops and nutrition improvement programme on Netuli initiated; (k)
    Complete printing and distribution of issue 2 Wasa Magazine; (l) Did presentation to
    East Cape community on Coast Care; (m) Assisted Milne Bay Tourism with



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    promotional items (cd footage, posters, radio slots) and mobilization of canoe
    festival; (n) Designing, printing and distribution of Coast Care T-shirts; (o)
    Launching of East Cape Coast Care Model Community Initiative; (p) Negotiate with
    a local resource owner, Mr. Paul Faiteli for local conservation initiative and
    preliminary negotiation with Provincial Works Unit to assist in Coast Care Ladava;
    (q) Launching of Fishing for the Future Kuiaro Manual at Samarai; (r) In-service
    training for 60 Vocational Teachers of Milne Bay; (s) Finalizing write up of UPNG
    Strengthening conservation capacity module; (t) Compiling and collecting data for
    Habitat Mapping for the Province; (u) Completion of genealogy studies of resource
    owning clans at Netuli Island and reviewing with the resource owners on all data
    consisting typed of family history and structure of family descent; (v) Reviewing
    draft provincial environmental law legislation to incorporate a provision creating an
    MPA, and continuing work on formulating a standard MoU and Conservation
    Incentive Agreement
   Milne Bay Terrestrial: (a) Draft strategy write-up in preparation for Milne Bay
    Workshop Brisbane, in December; (b) Presented an abstract entitled Defining Areas
    For Species Conservation In Melanesia: Applied Conservation which has been
    accepted for presentation at the 30th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of
    Australia in Brisbane December 2005; (c) Field patrol to Fergusson & Dobu Islands
    with National Geographic writer on story relating to endemic birds of paradise in
    Milne Bay; (d) Assisted in the organization of Thane Pratt to the Woodlark Islands to
    do bird studies in preparation for the new edition of Birds of New Guinea.
   Other PNG Projects: (a) Developed first draft of the Village Engagement Trainers
    Training Manual and circulated for peer review and comments; (b) Completed 2nd
    draft of the Training Manual to be circulated for peer review; (c) Paramana Marine
    and Coastal Resource Association application (form 2) for incorporation submitted to
    the Registrar of Companies IPA; (c) Papua Barrier Reef project site orientation
    planned for 30th October to 6th November 2005.
   Papua Program: Continue to make progress on data collection of compiling of
    knowledge of species for GIS mapping and cross-reference with CBC TT (70%
    complete). Outcomes leader in Jayapura (and possibly Mamberamo Project Manager)
    will attend the Milne Bay Peer review workshop in Brisbane in December to share
    experiences with CBC TT and CABS who will be present.
   Mamberamo Corridor: (2 MFOs) have been in the field for the whole of October to
    complete building second Conservation Post in Kwerba village (to be complete
    before RAP, as village base camp). Secondary objectives to field team was
    implementation of community group (organization) for the management of SSB and
    Outboards which has been completed. In both villages, management groups have
    been initiated and regulations for the management defined.
   One SSB unit has been delivered (holdup in cargo for remaining units and solar cells)
    and Outboards ordered. Community preparations for RAP continue. The
    Conservation Post in Papasena has not been finished yet, although arrangement for
    wood to be sawn have been made (during management group facilitation).
   RAP: Purchasing of field supplies, Booking air transport, Coordinating various
    discussions with RAP coordinator in Jakarta. The RAP planned for next month with
    scientists arriving in Jakarta on the 8th November. Whilst the preparation of RAP


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    looks brief and straight forward, this is not the case – credit to the Field Research
    coordinator and RAP coordinator in Jakarta for getting this mega-important activity
    off the ground (after a three year delay !!).

Important Staff Issues

   Technical Team: (a) Four GIS candidates short-listed and contacted for interviews.
    One candidate already interviewed; (b) Marine specialist candidates short-listed; (c)
    Top candidate for the office manager/accountant position was interviewed but she
    was overqualified. The two runner-up candidates have been contacted for interviews.
   Milne Bay Marine: (a) Three Australian Youth Ambassadors namely Lyn Rapheal
    (Government Liaison Officer), Nicholas Alexeyeff (Coast Care Officer) and Stanislas
    Leger (Volunteer) commenced with the project; (b) Two hatchery technicians sent to
    Queensland to begin 6 weeks training in bêche-de-mer hatchery work; (c) Sustainable
    land use training for 4 community members in Rabaul started; (d) Pending
    recruitment of a Tourism Extension Officer, the Australian Youth Ambassador
    brought in to support this work has been offered an extension to maintain the
    important momentum that this activity has brought to community development on the
    islands.
   Milne Bay Terrestrial: (a) FY06 Funding for staff salaries/allowances can allow only
    for casual employment of field staff. The program will therefore remain in the
    outcome definition and strategy determination phase until FY07. Implementation
    would require at least 4 field staff.
   Papua Program: Two new Mamberamo Field Officers (MFO) recruited in Sept,
    started work in mid Oct. Details of contracts are being finalized with HR Jakarta.
    Staff are ‗operation‘ in the office making good progress understanding CI approach.
    Go to the field beginning November,. The MFO staff recruited in May on temporary
    contract has also been offered a permanent position. These staff significantly
    supplement the MFO team as existing staff have little experience in the field or with
    community organizing beyond the MLA and what they have learned in the field with
    CI (and as yet unsupervised by experienced staff). It is hoped that the new team will
    be far stronger and more effective in achieving conservation goals (using initiative to
    collect data for community / direct observation). (PDQs for all MFOs are identical
    and have been altered from FY05 to include team learning as well as from examples
    of other community approaches for conservation used in Papua.

Other

   Technical Team: (a) Met with the New Zealand Minister of Conservation to discuss
    conservation issues in need of funds and/or technical assistance.
   Milne Bay Marine: (a) Funding for Village Tourism Association grant submitted to
    UNDP approved and subject to some minor additions; (b) Draft tourism development
    proposal for the PNG Incentive Fund completed.
   Milne Bay Marine: (a) MoU with the Coastal Fisheries Management and
    Development project finalized, awaiting signatures.



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   Milne Bay Terrestrial: (a) Held discussions with Pacific Rim Palm Oil Ltd on Queen
    Alexandra‘s Birdwing Butterfly conservation. The current partnership with CSIRO
    will definitely run to December 2005 and a new funding grant beyond this time frame
    is necessary to fulfill stakeholder participation scheduled for March 2006.
   Mamberamo Corridor: Meetings with the Mamberamo traditional council members
    have resulted in a CI initiative to facilitate the council‘s strategic plan. Care has been
    taken avoid ‗meddling‘ an independent consultant will be hired to achieve the
    council‘s aims. This is long overdue work that if left, will threaten the viability of CI-
    Traditional council partnership. It was explained to the council members that CI
    would only work in those area of their strategic plan that were mutually beneficial.
   ISC (a local NGO partner) have provided a mid-term report of the stakeholder
    assessment. The report is being followed up on. Final draft report was also received
    from PPLH, University of Papua about the impacts of logging in the Mamberamo
    region.
   PM is presently writing draft contracts for external grants (USD 55,000) to be
    awarded in FY06 which include follow-up workshop on stakeholder analysis;
    consultant to carry out a strategic planning exercise with Dewan Adat Mamberamo
    Raya over 3-4 days; an accredited Conservation and Training Resources Centre
    training course for Sarmi government officials in sustainable planning and
    development for Sarmi regency; CIFOR assistance grant to aid us in focussed MLA‘s
    is 2 selected villages for expansion of the program in 2006; grants for UNIPA and
    UNCEN students to carry out research (student research awards).


INDONESIA
Progress Toward Outcomes

Programatic
 National. In addition to routine operations, –Operations and Human Resources staff
   received International Compensation and Classification Training in Manila.
   Operations and HR reviewed the overall salary structure, including staff paybands,
   and developed an action plan to refine CI-Indonesia‘s HR system.
 Northern Sumatra Corridor.
   - Community-based agroforestry: The participating community has started the
       plantation by planting two hectares in a 10+ ha site location in Pak-Pak Bharat
       district. Agro-forestry commodities include coffee, styrax benzoin (local
       commodity) and suren (hardwood trees). The Japanese telecommunications
       company (Docomo) funds the project to establish the agroforestry site as an
       alternative income source. The participating community is located near orang
       utan (OU) habitats.
   - USAID Batang Toru Orangutan Habitat Protection: The preliminary survey to
       identify OU distribution in the area is ongoing. Results will be used to determine
       priority areas, where surrounding communities will subsequently be encouraged
       to engage in habitat protection and development activities.



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    -   Protection of Sumatran Tiger in Batang Gadis NP: A preliminary survey to
        identify the presence of tigers, and their distribution, in the 108,000 ha park has
        been conducted, with the use of camera traps. The presence of the tigers has been
        detected in 17 plots of the survey sites.
    - Bupati of Mandailing Natal district: The Bupati, Amru Daulay, has been re-
        elected for the second term. The Bupati, who is known for his interest in
        conservation, has taken the lead in developing a collaborative management
        framework to manage Batang Gadis NP. This new initiative (the first in the
        history of any national park in Indonesia) has been discussed at the district and
        provincial levels. A response is expected from Jakarta.
   Siberut Island. CI has been active in advocating cancellation of the logging
    concessions by involving prominent public figures, such as Emil Salim, and by
    assisting the Independent Assessment team consolidate its findings to support the
    cancellation. CI has also identified partners to join the pre-RAP and pre-PRA survey,
    to document the biodiversity wealth of the island, to persuade decision-makers to
    save the island and to increase community awareness in order to create a social buffer
    to protect the island from large scale logging operations.
   Gedepahala Corridor. A final implementation plan was developed and a
    preliminary survey to determine the project site was conducted. CI plans to have
    further discussions with UGI and UNF.
   Togean Islands National Park. The budget and activities of the proposal submitted
    to GCF (Establishing Effective Management for Togean Islands Marine National
    Park) underwent several revisions. Continued communication and facilitation of an
    informal meeting with partners (Dinas Kehutanan Sulawesi Tengah and BKSDA
    Palu) took place. Information on the new Togean Islands National Park was
    disseminated to stakeholders in Ampana, to increase awareness of the value of
    conserving the area.
   Mamberamo Program. The Conservation Outcomes team continues to make
    progress on species data collection for GIS mapping and cross-reference with CBC
    TT (70% complete). The Outcomes leader in Jayapura (and possibly the Mamberamo
    Project Manager) will attend the Milne Bay Peer Review workshop next December in
    Brisbane, Australia.
   Raja Ampat Program. Raja Ampat co-management body has been formed, followed
    by strategic planning for FY 2006. Its operations will be funded through a CI
    external grant. Activities include joint patrol initiatives with TNC, WWF, Indonesian
    NAVY and Marine Police (contract is underway). The first community tabloid on
    Raja Ampat‘s development and conservation was released to support conservation
    awareness for CI‘s Raja Ampat program, and four radio programs for conservation
    are under construction in Kabare, Arborek, Waigama dan Yensaway villages.
    Preliminary data on coral resiliency in Dampier Strait has been analyzed and
    presented in a Resiliency Workshop in Bali. This is important for MPA design and
    management in Raja Ampat.

Seascapes
 Ecosystem Based Management Program for Bird‘s Head Seascape was launched in
   Manokwari (15 October 2005) and in Sorong (26 October 2005), attended by 8 and 7


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    regencies/cities respectively. The governor of Irian Jaya Barat Province launched the
    program.
   To support the EBM program, CI continues to collect samples for connectivity study
    in Raja Ampat, Teluk Cenderawasih and Biak areas, followed by deployment of
    temperature loggers for sea surface monitoring.
   On the socioeconomic study, CI collaborates with the University of British Columbia,
    Canada to finalize the study for resource valuation and economic development option
    for Raja Ampat areas.

Important Staff Issues

Programatic
 Rondang Siregar has started her position as Chief of Party for Orang Utan-Batang
   Toru Project, based in Sibolga. She will manage the USAID-funded Orangutan
   Conservation in Batang Toru protection Forest.

Seascapes
 M. Khazalie was hired as the Marine Policy Specialist. His position will strengthen
   CI‘s representation in marine policy issues with partners. He also will work on
   further development of the Marine trust fund.

Other

   Aceh/ NSC. The Timber for Aceh (TFA) initiative has been funded by USAID; CI
    and WWF is developing an implementation plan. Proposal to the Multi-donor Trust
    Fund is in final editing.
   Gedepahala Corridor.
   Aceh/NSC. CI is seeking collaboration with CARE Indonesia alongside ForesTrade
    Indonesia to implement the Biodiversity and economic recovery in Aceh post-tsunami
    Rehabilitation and Reconstruction period.
   Siberut. CI is seeking collaboration with other influential persons and institutions to
    cancel logging operations in the island.
   Policy support from relevant government institutions to guarantee the smooth arrival
    of the donated wood from overseas (for the TFA project) still needs to be obtained.
    WWF, the primary on the USAID grant, has not yet secured all the appropriate
    permissions, and CI is trying to smooth things out with appropriate government
    agencies.



PHILIPPINES

Progress towards outcomes




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Programatic
 KBAs were presented during the Mindanao consultation workshop for the NIPAS
   Implementing Rules and Regulation; and Eastern Mindanao KBAs during the first
   Eastern Mindanao Stakeholders‘ Conference in Surigao City to inform key
   stakeholders on the biodiversity significant areas in the Region;
 A writeshop to brainstorm on possible topics for proposals on KBAs and biodiversity
   monitoring was conducted with B. Tabaranza (Haribon), D. Lagunzad (Institute of
   Biology, UP Diliman) and N. Bantayan (Forestry, UPLB).
 Initiated the successful launching of the weekly ―CONSERVATION ONLINE‖– a
   local cable TV weekly program focusing on sustainable development and biodiversity
   conservation. This co-sponsored by PRIDE-RARE project and co-hosted by RBC
   Cable News program Director.
 Conducted the first Stakeholders Conference for Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity
   Corridor in CARAGA Region. Attended by 71 participants from different partner
   organizations and civil society. Steps were identified to develop the EM strategy.
   PEFI also agreed to lead the Region 11 technical working group to draft the initial
   strategy of the Davao area and CI and NORMINGOL to lead for the CARAGA area.
 Facilitated and extended financial support for the Mindanao-wide workshop on
   NIPAS Act IRR Review attended by 75 protected area practitioners from different
   part of Mindanao attended by DENR, LGUs, Academe, NGOs and POs. Counterpart
   funding and technical support were received from FPE, NORMINGOAL and the
   DENR CARAGA Region.
 Facilitated the protected area cross visit of 12 SPPC members to Peñablanca
   Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS), Cagayan Province as part of the
   institutional strengthening activities for the Mantalingahan Project.

Seascapes
 CEPF coordinating unit is now engaged in the External Grants portfolio of the Sulu-
   Sulawesi Seascape Program.
 Initial round of discussions among Philippines Sulu Sulawesi Seascape collaborators
   were conducted to include concept notes on capacity building; database development
   and IEC support materials; connectivity patterns; law enforcement and sea bird
   banding; ecosystem characterization and threat assessment; sustainable catch limits
   and transforming the marine aquarium fishery/trade; and review and assessment of
   existing marine protected areas and identification of a network of MPAs.
 Presentation of the project to relevant Palawan government offices including the
   LGUs of Cagayancillo and Balabac, Western Philippine University and the Palawan
   Council for Sustainable Development Staff.
 Initial notices of possible engagement provided to other possible partners: Tropical
   Marine Research for Conservation the cetacean survey in the marine biodiversity
   corridors and the Pawikan Conservation Project for Sea Turtle Action Planning
   Workshop and the International Year of the Turtles 2006 campaign.

Important Staff Issues



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Programmatic
 Rochelle Fernandez was hired as Accountant, October 3, 2005 and will handle
   general accounting functions with Geng Faller now focusing on cash management,
   asset/inventory management and compliance.
 PA Specialist candidates short-listed and will be scheduled for interview.
 Meeting on clarification of roles of programmatic and technical unit heads was
   conducted; also reviewed and refined steps in project development.
 Miguelito Cervancia hired as temporary (3-month) admin assistant to provide
   technical and administrative support to the Palawan field team.
 Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor needs administrative and communication
   support such as telephone, fax and internet lines, etc.

Seascapes
 Selection for Verde Corridor Coordinators ongoing
 Contract of Policy Consultant being reviewed by DC legal
 Opening for IEC Consultant was announced

Other

   Met with Clarissa Arida (UNDP) on draft GEF concept note; she had additional
    suggestions/comments. A GEF committee was created to draft two medium-size
    proposals and one full-sized proposal to support the CBC program of CI-P.
   Successfully negotiated with the water companies and local government units of
    Socorro and Del Carmen in Surigao del Norte: 1) counterpart funds from the LGUs,
    and 2) allocating portion of the revenue from water distribution by the water districts
    into a Watershed Fund used to finance the long-term implementation of the watershed
    management plan that CEPF helped to establish in these areas through partner NGOs.
   World Bank sponsored a Brown Bag Lunch last 27 October 2005 wherein CEPF,
    together with members of the Outcomes Monitoring Alliance (CIP, DENR-PAWB,
    FPE and Haribon) presented the outputs of the Outcomes Definition and Monitoring
    Initiative, which is expected to guide the Bank in its natural resource management
    initiatives. CEPF is working with FPE and the Bank to develop an LOI to fund
    support that CEPF would be giving to the Bank through FPE for their Natural
    Resource Management (NRM) design process.
   In process of signing $8,000 ITA for Corridor Learning Initiative from Moore
    Foundation for contract period November 2005 to December 2006.
   Submitted Financial report of Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape project (for period May 18-
    Sept. 17,2005) with burn rate of 55%. The budgeted high-cost items such as the
    biodiversity studies, construction of project boat and hiring of consultants were
    necessarily delayed until after the planning grant period ended. These items constitute
    a large percentage of planning grant funds. It is imperative to note that while some of
    the most expensive aspects of the planning grant will be carried over until December
    2005, the most time-intensive and critical components of the planning grant were
    completed.
   Submitted all quarterly financial reports to CEPF for the following projects and the
    corresponding % of spent as of September 30,2005.


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            o CEPF Defining & Monitoring Outcomes-67% spent & will end on Apr
                2006
            o CEPF Philippine Eagle Conservation-39% spent & will end on Jun 2007
            o CEPF Grant Facititation-57% spent & will end on Dec.2006
            o CEPF Eastern Mindanao-18% spent & will end on Dec.2006
            o CEPF SMBC Corridor-30% spent & will end on Dec.2006
            o CEPF Palawan Corridor-40% spent & will end on Dec.2006
            o CEPF Mt. Mantalingahan-44% spent & will end on Aug.2006
   Additional funding received from GCF and CEPF for Mt. Mantalingahan projects
    were approved amounting to $140,078.76 and $ 117,378.03 respectively and the
    project will terminate on September 01, 2006.
   Finalized proposal to Lion-Button Foundation for the Watershed Rehabilitation in
    Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor amounting to $200,000.00.
   Participated in the Launching of the Critical Habitat for the Philippine Eagle in
    Municipality of Mati, Davao Oriental last 24 October 2005. The CEPF Grant
    Manager delivered a message at the launching.
   Naamal de Silva had a meeting with R. Grimmett of Birdlife (on behalf of Haribon)
    to resolve issues Haribon/Birdlife has with the MOU for the KBAs. Haribon has
    given back its attention to the MOU with CI for the KBAs after a month‘s lull in its
    action on the MOU.
   Perry Ong, on behalf of the University of the Philippines (UP) System, has expressed
    interest for UP to join the Monitoring Alliance. The MOU for the Alliance is
    currently being reviewed by UP.
   Facilitated the current efforts of forming an organization among the major water-
    users—business enterprises and water-based service providers of Tuguegarao and
    Peñablanca—who will establish and manage a conservation trust fund in support for
    the rehabilitation and protection of the watersheds of Piñacanauan River in PPLS.
    Additional enterprise owners have signified their intention to become association
    founder-incorporators.
   Palawan State University has sought our cooperation in support to their conservation
    education program. A draft MoA is under review.
   The Western Philippines University, Katala Foundation and CI committed to host the
    15th annual symposium of the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines in
    April 2006. Preparatory activities have begun.
   Formation of Technical Working Group (TWG) for Socio-Economic Survey Caraga
    Team and EM Biodiversity Corridor Planning Team


PACIFIC ISLANDS
Progress towards outcomes

Programmatic
 Mont Panié (New Caledonia): The ―Proof of Concept‖ phase of the Mont Panié
   Invasive Pest Control program with final trials in rat, cat and pig control was



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    successfully completed in October with support from Association Dayu Biik, PP-CII,
    ISSG and NZ-DOC staff.

Seascapes
 CRISP -Phoenix Islands, Kiribati : The Government of Kiribati, signed a MOU with
   the New England Aquarium and CI GCF for the establishment of the Phoenix Islands
   Protected Area (PIPA), the last pristine coral reef archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.
 DOE - High Seas Bottom Trawling: Pacific Leaders in their Final Communiqué of
   the October Annual Meeting have expressed serious concerns over Bottom Trawling
   in High Seas in their EEZ and support in principle a moratorium on this practice.

Other

Programmatic
 GCF- Sovi Basin (Fiji): The GCF Council in its October meeting has approved
   the Sovi Basin proposal and has granted the Pacific Islands Program the amount
   of USD140,000 over one year to be used, in part, for co-funding of the RNHP
   Sovi Basin project.
 National Trust of Fiji: CI-Fiji program reached an agreement with the National Trust
   of Fiji to set-up new office in current building and provide integrated IT support from
   CI.
 CI-Fiji Program: PIP Finance Manager travel to Suva in October and completed set-
   up of financial accounts, payroll and financial reporting for the CI-Fiji program.
 IT-CGNET-Samoa: A problem exists with CGNET‘s ISP provider in Samoa blocking
   all outgoing e-mails. This issue needs to be addressed by CGNET urgently.

Seascapes
 CRISP (IFRECOR-Wallis & Futuna): The Government of Wallis & Futuna,
   through IFRECOR (French Coral Reef Network) has approved a grant to CI –
   Pacific Islands Program of US$60,000 to complete two additional Marine
   Environment Plans for the islands of Wallis and Futuna.
 CRISP (Watershed Management): Without CEPF funding available, CI is short of
   USD600,000 funds committed towards the IRD and CIRAD-Forêt over the integrated
   coastal and watershed management component of CRISP.



REGIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT
Progress towards outcomes

   Mexico and Central America program support: Participated in an emergency
    management team meeting held in Washington, DC October 12-14. Assisted in
    designing and writing three letters of intent for CEPF grants to support key
    programmatic activities.



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   Program Assessment: Secured one team member (Matt Foster) and have
    initiated conversations with several others (Fred Boltz, Justin Ward, and Marc
    Steininger). Provided program with a list of requested information and with
    templates containing information that they provided in the previous assessment
    that can be updated for this process. Also secured accommodations for the PMG
    meeting.
   Indonesia Program Assessment: Analysis of program assessment interview
    results and write up of the first draft of the report completed.
   West Africa Strategy Review: Further development of this initiative with
    program director to plan for West Africa strategy review; met with possible
    strategy review team members to discuss overall process and possible
    themes/agenda
   GEM: RPS (the three of us) participated in a 2-day GEM "training for trainers".
    More specifically, Chris helped develop materials for Brazil & Madagascar GEM
    training and presented materials in three sessions on Identifying Partners &
    Programmatic Assessments, Grant Management: Programmatic Monitoring & Site
    Visits, and Closing-out Grants.
   RPS Retreat: Individual and Team deliverables were reviewed – 4 months after the
    start of the new fiscal year. We expect to conduct another retreat on March 1 and
    July 1, 2006.
   Global Symposium (GS): Developed agenda and deliverables for upcoming visit;
    met with Frank and Sahondra to go over GS materials.
   RPD Publication: Moving forward with Terhi Majanen (and in consultation with
    Chris Heltne, Philippa Benson, and Kimberly Meek) on the development of an RPD
    publication plan.
   Walton Family Foundation:           Assisted with the development, review, and
    coordination of the ETPS reporting process.

Important Staff Issues

   Coordinator Position: We interviewed three candidates (out of 75) for the position
    and selected who we believe to be the best person for this job. We expect to be able
    to make an offer on November 4, 2005, with a potential start date later in the month.


PEOPLE, PROTECTED AREAS AND CORRIDORS
Progress towards outcomes

Programmatic
 CEP collaborated with the Melanesia CBC to secure $212,000 from GCF to help
   cover costs of the first 5 years of implementation of a community conservation
   agreement for the Sovi Basin, Fiji. Funds firmly establish the community
   agreement mechanism as a valuable conservation tool in Fiji and the Pacific, in
   addition to directly protecting a key area.



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   CEP collaborated with CI-Ecuador and CELB to dedicate an $80,000 donation
    from the band “Coldplay” to establish the first ever trust fund for a community
    incentive agreement in Ecuador. Funds will be used as seed capital for a
    community reserve with the Chachi Indigenous group in the Choco Manabi
    Conservation Corridor.
   CEP published an article on conservation incentive agreements in marine contexts in
    MPA News
   CEP wrote socio-economic context, threats & opportunities analysis relating to CELB
    BHP engagement in eastern Suriname.
   CEP collaborated with CCIF and CI-Indonesia‘s Marine Program to host a workshop
    in Bali on conservation incentive agreements in the Birds Head Seascape with staff
    from CI, TNC, and WWF.
   PAC engaged in initial discussions with CELB on the development of the Initial
    Biodiversity Assessment and Planning methodology.
   PAC developed and delivered (and will continue to do so on a monthly basis) the
    presentation, "CI's Approach to Conservation" for CI's new staff orientation. PAC
    will continue to collaborate with HR and with Communications on CI's internal
    messaging regarding our strategic approach.
   PAC Corridor Workshop Report is now being printed.
   Completion of the French and Spanish versions of Conserving the Earth’s Living
    Heritage. Distribution is under way, and all versions of the Handbook are now
    available electronically as well.
   Launch of the Corridor Learning Initiative with the final review of ITA and
    Grant agreements underway.
   Guidelines for writing case studies on CI‘s support to the implementation of the
    CBD- Programme of Work on Protected Areas and criteria for countries selection
    were developed.
   PAC contributed towards the Socio-economic learning panel of the Global
    Conservation Program by giving three presentations on integrating socio-economics
    in landscape-scale conservation during a workshop in Zambia.
   OM presented results of Marine Outcome Monitoring research to Taskforce.
   OM Oceans 2000 Marine Monitoring Presentation.
   Tourism: SL and CELB Travel and Leisure have developed a new Global
    Tourism plan, to be launched on November 1 st. It aims to bring together SL’s
    reach in the regions with CELB’s success in the private sector for integrated
    actions across the tourism value chain.
   Conservation Coffee: SL has agreed a five- month contract with Canopy Coffee,
    a specialist consultancy firm in the specialty coffee industry, to support the
    regional programs and partners on quality and marketing, as they requested in
    the June global coffee program meeting.
   As also requested by RPs, SL and CELB have proposed a plan to use CI’s
    Conservation Coffee trademark to support marketing in cases where Starbucks
    doesn’t buy the coffee for reasons of quality or low volumes.
   The floods in Mexico will seriously impact coffee supplies from the 2005 harvest.




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Important Staff Issues

Programmatic
 William Crosse transition from contract Researcher to long-term Coordinator for
   Outcomes Monitoring.
 Edward Millard has been elected to the Board of the Small Enterprise Education and
   Promotion (SEEP) Network, a community of enterprise development practitioners.
 Elizabeth Kennedy has been promoted to Senior Director, Outcome Monitoring

Other

Programmatic
 USAID‘s CAIMAN project in Ecuador expressed interest in helping to secure long
   term funding for a conservation incentive agreement to create and manage the Chachi
   community reserve in Ecuador.
 OM was asked by CEPF to support their prep proposal for the GEF replenishment.
   OM requested ~ $15K.
 SL, in collaboration with CELB, secured a new medium size grant from GEF for
   sustainable tourism standards in Belize and Ecuador. CI is a subcontractor to
   Rainforest Alliance and the total value to CI is $333,706
 SL, together with CELB, submitted a proposal to a USAID grant program, managed
   by Pact, to create a learning organization in ecotourism. Pact was not successful in
   winning the Leader with Associates award in enterprise development, for which SL
   joined its consortium earlier in the year.
 CEP collaborated with CSP, CI-China, and the Global Environmental Institute on a
   $300,000 proposal to the Blue Moon Fund as a follow up to a workshop on incentive
   agreements held in China in September. The proposal covers a suite of activities to
   develop conservation incentive agreements as one of the central conservation
   mechanisms in China
 CEP worked with the Marine Management Area Science Program to include an
   assessment of incentives for effective management of marine PAs into the MMAS
   program workplan.
 SL, together with Verde Ventures, submitted a concept paper to SNV, Netherlands,
   for a capacity building partnership with the World Tourism Organization




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