Regional Programs: Monthly Reports
Progress towards outcomes:
Cóndor-Kutukú (CCCK): CI and partners reviewed the final report of the design of
the Corridor for Ecuador and Peru, elaborated with support of ITTO and implemented
by Fundación Natura, Ecociencia, Fundación Arcoiris, Jatun Sacha and Ecolex. A
participative evaluation of this project has been designed with the implementing
Chocó-Manabí (CMCC): An external evaluating committee implemented the
evaluation of the conservation strategy of CMCC. The results will be presented in
November. The proposal for the second phase of CMCC was presented to CEPF.
Colombia: CI launched the book National Protected Forestry Reserves – Basic Atlas.
This second edition of the book, with 5000 copies, includes the basic cartography of
the 52 protected forestry reserves of the country.
Species: The AICA’s publication (Important Bird Areas in the Tropical Andes) was
launched successfully in Colombia and Venezuela. Under the Atelopus Initiative, we
continue with the monitoring program of Atelopus mittermeieri, a new endangered
specie discovered. The Threatened Species Initiative in Colombia, Ecuador and Perú
authorized 48 endangered species projects.
Policy and Economic Initiatives Unit: The ecological analysis of Conchucos
Corridor, implemented by the Andean Ecosystems Association (ECOAN) ended. The
results include a new species of mouse (proposed name is akodon juprogi) as well as
new registers for Peru including a new species of polylepis for the area. CI-Peru
signed the first conservation agreement with Aquia community, in Conchucos
Corridor, for the restoration of polylepis forests. The project has support of GCF and
Species: CI implemented the first definition of a small action plan for the marine
turtle program for Colombia and recommendations to be implemented, which will be
articulated with the forthcoming recommendations of Costa Rica and Panama.
Galapagos: The field trip and base line study about Corales Hermatípicos was carried
out in Wolf, Darwin and Marchena Islands. This is the first step towards protecting
the few surviving coral reefs in Galapagos.
Alfredo Ferreyros was selected as the new Country Director for CI-Peru.
Carlos Fierro was hired as the Program Coordinator in Ecuador for CCCK.
CMCC: Thanks to support from CELB, the rock group Coldplay will fund the
Conservation Incentives project for the Chachi Reserve.
Bolivia: USAID approved a proposal presented by CI-Bolivia named “CAMBIO:
Integrating governance, participation, and sustainable economic growth for
biodiversity conservation in the Amboró-Madidi Corridor”, which is worth more than
US$5 million for a four year period. The proposal was presented in partnership with
Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza, Federación de Asociaciones Municipales and
Colombia: The agreement between CI and Bogotá’s Aqueduct (EEAB) ended. The
project for US$356,890 carried out applied research for wetland Juan Amarillo, the
most important urban wetland in Colombia. The results will serve for the formulation
of a management plan for this ecosystem, which will be reflected in a new agreement
for US$140,000 funded by EAAB.
Ecuador: The GEF project to improve practices in Mindo, Machalilla and
Galapagos, coordinated by CI, Rainforest Alliance and ASEC, was approved.
Species: The Environmental Action Fund of Colombia (FPAA) positively considered
the co-financing of the publications of the Field Notebook Series for US$100.000.
Ecuador: The indigenous Achuar group is facing a small political crisis and threats
to their territory due to the presence of oil companies. This has kept Achuar leaders
away of the process to transfer Kapawi lodge to the Achuar Federation (FINAE).
Communications: The Biodiversity Reporting Award was successfully launched in
Ecuador (for the first time) and Colombia (for the sixth time). In both countries the
event had the participation of government, civil society and media representatives,
and contributed to the public appearance of CI in both countries.
Progress towards outcomes:
Kayapo Leaders Visit to Washington DC Sept 21-30: Three Kayapo leaders visited
Washington, DC for one week in September. Megaron Txucarramae is presently the
principal leader of the Kayapo Indian nation and one of the key leaders responsible
for obtaining official recognition of more than 11 million hectares of Kayapo lands in
Para and Mato Grosso States in the southeastern Amazon during the 1980’s and
1990’s. Piydjo Kayapo is an elder who grew up in the unadulterated warrior tradition
before contact and holds Kayapo traditional values and knowledge. Bep Torim
Kayapo is a young up-and-coming leader learning the new skills involved in
indigenous leadership in the 21st century. Francisco Rocha works for the government
Indian Agency FUNAI in the Mato Grosso regional office that is responsible for the
Kayapo. The Kayapo delegation met with CI directors and Staff, congressional staff,
the IDB and US AID. The purpose of these meetings is to raise awareness of the
negative impacts of national development projects such as road-building and hydro-
electric dams on Indigenous peoples in the Amazon and to outline the steps that can
be taken to ameliorate or halt the destruction of forests and indigenous cultures that is
associated with development. The Kayapo are struggling to maintain the integrity of
their lands; the largest tract of protected forest in the tropics, and they seek support
for territorial surveillance and sustainable economic development that is based on
non-timber forest products.
Key Biodiversity Areas in Brazil: On September 13th through the 16th,
representatives from all CI-Brazil programs met in the Amazonia office in Belém, to
define Key Biodiversity Areas - KBA for conservation in Brazil. The meeting also
addressed issues of the Biodiversity Work Group, like the improvement of the
endangered species database, capacity building of partners and research protocols. As
a result of the partnership between CI-Brazil and other CI offices, Curtis Bernard,
GIS Coordinator of CI-Guyana, participated to learn about the methodology used by
CI-Brasil to define KBA.
Tumucumaque: From August 29 through September 17, 2005, the scientific third
expedition to the Montanhas do Tumucumaque National Park took place. Researchers
navigated the Oiapoque River, which divides Brazil and French Guiana, up to the
mining town of Ilha Bela. Several irregularities and areas under degradation were
observed, mostly due to illegal mining and, on a smaller scale, to fishing and hunting.
The main example cited include French Guyana mining sites that contaminate the
waters of the Sikini and Camopi rivers. These rivers will subsequently join with the
Oiapoque, increasing manifold the gravity of the situation. Brazilian and German TV
reporters accompanied this third expedition, which will air in early October in Brazil
(Reporter Eco) and Germany (Der Spiegel TV). A German magazine will also
publish a special article about the Park in their October issue.
Cariri Protected Areas: Surveys of biological and socio-economic data to base the
creation of Protected Areas in the region of Cariri were initiated. The area is located
between the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia, in the western limit of the Atlantic
Forest Central Biodiversity Corridor. The document will be forwarded to the State
Institute of Forests and to the Task Force for creation of protected areas in Southern
Bahia, coordinated by the Environmental Ministry. It is expected that at least three
protected areas will be created in the region: one national park, one wildlife refuge
and a private reserve, increasing by about 25,000 hectares the area under protection in
the Atlantic Forest.
Estação Veracruz Private Reserve (RPPN): Revision of the management plan for
the RPPN Estação Veracruz was initiated. With approximately 6,000 hectares, the
Private Reserve is considered the largest private protected area in the Atlantic Forest.
The project is a partnership between the company Veracel Celulose, owner of the
area, CI Brazil and Instituto BioAtlântica. The area harbors many endemic and
endangered species, like the robust tuft capuchin (Cebus robustus).
New Protected Areas in the State of Pará: On September 15, 2005, the Federal
Government, in partnership with the State of Pará, announced the creation of 8 new
Protected Areas, on the west side of the Cuiabá-Santarém road (BR163). These new
areas will total 7,369,575 hectares, more than double the size of the State of
Maryland. In addition, the National Park of Amazonia will also be expanded. The
process of public consultation will start this month, in the capital city of Belém.
The following staff was hired this period for the main office in Belo Horizonte: Ms.
Scheila Alves - Human Resources Administrator, Mr. Leandro Abreu – Office
Seascapes: At the end of August, 2005, the new CI Brazil Marine Program office in
Salvador was connected to the CI network. Currently, all CI Brazil offices are
connected to the network permitting IP phone calls, exchange of data and files and
The following staff was hired this period for the Marine Program Office in Salvador:
Danilo Araújo - Administrative Assistant
Fábio Motta - Protected Areas Specialist
Elisângela Silva – Administrative Assistant
New NGO in the Atlantic Forest: The eight environmental NGO that composed the
Murici Pact since 2004 created this September 2nd a new NGO called Association for
the Protection of the Northeastern Atlantic Forest - AMANE (Associação para a
Proteção da Mata Atlântica do Nordeste). During the official celebration, which took
place in Maceió, 16 Advisory Board Members were instated for AMANE. The event
included representatives from BirdLife/Save Brasil, Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas
Ambientais do Nordeste, Conservação Internacional, Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica,
Instituto Amigos da Reserva da Biosfera da Mata Atlântica, The Nature Conservancy,
Sociedade Nordestina de Ecologia and WWF-Brasil. Together with CEPAN,
AMANE will be CI Brazil’s partner organization to implement the strategy of the
Northeast Biodiversity Corridor.
The first issue of the CEPF Atlantic Forest online bimonthly newsletter “Araponga
Online” was launched in September and will bring bimonthly news about the CEPF
projects in the Atlantic Forest. The name, Araponga, was chosen tin honor of the bird
Procnias nudicollis, which occurs in well preserved areas of the Atlantic Forest from
Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul. The bulletin can be accessed at
The Sociedade Civil Mamirauá in partnership with CI-Brazil launched the publication
of Amazon and Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Corridors during the Conservation
Biology Congress. The reference is following: Ayres, J.M., Fonseca, G.A.B. da,
Rylands, A.B., Queiroz, H.L., Pinto, L.P.S., Masterson, D. & Cavalcanti, R. (2005).
Os Corredores Ecológicos das Florestas Tropicais do Brasil. Sociedade Civil
Mamirauá. Brasília. Belém.
Progress towards outcomes:
We started a strategic planning process with a 3-day visioning workshop that was
attended by all staff and government and NGO counterparts. The level of
participation was exceptional and rapid progress was made in defining an overarching
goal and vision, and visions for the four program components: community
engagement, law enforcement, research and monitoring, and (newly created)
information, education, and communications (IEC). At a follow-on 1-day workshop
we refined the component visions. The final stage is to design workplans to achieve
these visions. This will take place in October.
A draft 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 was
circulated for comment. This report was drafted with funding from USAID and
forms part of CI’s enforcement economics series.
The Chicago Field Museum identified reptiles and amphibians collected by CI in the
Cardamom Mountains. Eleven reptile species were new records for Cambodia and a
further eight had not been recorded since they were first described more than 70 years
ago. One reptile species is classified by IUCN as CR, two as EN, and five as VU.
Two amphibian species were recorded from Cambodia for the first time; one, a
caecilian, is new to science. Six amphibian species are restricted to the Cardamom
Mountains. There is very little overlap between the herpetofauna of the Cardamoms
and that of the rest of Cambodia. This has important implications for global and
national-level herpetological conservation.
Sarah Milne, Community Engagement Manager, left to start a PhD at Cambridge
WildAid, CI, and FFI submitted a joint proposal to USAID/Cambodia to
strengthen law enforcement across the Cardamom Mountains. CI’s allocation is
$450K/years. We would use these funds to open two new ranger stations in the
Northern Cardamoms and Aural.
WildAid, CI, and FFI submitted a joint proposal to ADB to strengthen corridor
management in the Southern Cardamoms. CI’s allocation is $270K/3 years. We
would use these funds to support wildlife protection and community engagement.
CI and WCS submitted a $10K proposal to the World Bank to produce a Khmer
language field guide to Cambodia’s turtle and tortoise species.
The community engagement team met USAID/Cambodia to discuss a $100K/year
match for the new USAID/PE project. The funds would be used to expand our
work geographically and support an enhanced IEC program.
The community team submitted a concept paper to the Conservation Stewards
Program to test conservation incentive agreements in the Southern Cardamoms.
The $150K concept paper to the McKnight Foundation was turned down.
Jake Brunner visited Yangon to maintain contact with potential partners. We are
waiting for a U.S. government operating license to start on-the-ground
conservation activities in Burma. Based on this trip and consultations with
Smithsonian Institution and California Academy of Sciences colleagues, we
submitted a concept paper to the Blue Moon Fund.
Progress towards outcomes:
Outside Evaluation - Evaluators, Michael Wells and Lisa Curran, were very
impressed by the coordination mechanism run by CI China, particularly the
thoughtful strategy to respond to pressing conservation issues, the China proposal
review committee comprised of major stakeholders including WWF, SFA, TNC, and
local NGOs and government that formed a valuable platform for conservation
networking, CI China's capable staff and how CEPF was used to leverage other funds.
Total of 70 grants, mostly finished, remaining unfinished are to the large NGOs such
as TNC for snub nose monkey conservation and to WWF for running small grants on
non-flagship species. In the pipeline for funding are proposal by CBIK (Center for
Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge) to run legal aid small grants and the CI
proposal to run “Small Grants in Supporting Integration of Science and Culture:
Tibetan Sacred Land Protection and Measuring Effective Conservation”, which when
approved will serve as a portion of 1:1 matching funds toward the monies committed
by the Blue Moon Fund for Phase 2 of Sacred Lands project. Including proposals in
the pipeline, we are 93% spent of the CEPF $6.5 million. We are no longer accepting
new Letters of Inquiry at this point.
Just completed RAP on 3 sacred sites in the Hotspot as part of the Himalayas RAP
supported by Disney. In addition to providing much needed data that support the
conclusion that sacred sites hold some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the
hotspot, the RAP delivered training on species identification and monitoring to
Chinese nature reserve staff and community groups.
With the support of the Conservation Stewards Program and Conservation Economics
Support Program we are developing a proposal to do policy work and create a pilot
site for conservation incentive agreements.
Completed phase 1 (also year 1) of the Sacred Lands project at the end of August. In
the first year of the project, we laid the foundation for future sacred lands
conservation plans by surveying more than 80 monasteries and mapping the locations
of sacred lands in two provinces. We also established 10 new Tibetan NGOs that
have already achieved conservation successes in their communities including
recognition from international and national awards for their efforts. The Chinese
government has invited CI to participate in their efforts to draft new national
protected areas legislation.
BMF has committed funding for Phase 2 but will not release any funds until we can
secure 1:1 matching. Currently we have a proposal into CEPF and concept to GCF for
Beijing Olympic Committee (BOC) has not been supportive of CI ideas on the Green
Olympics yet, even after meeting with Peter Seligmann. Have asked Peter for help to
look for support from the IOC through CI connections. In the mean time CI China has
decided to go ahead and develop Green Olympics activities w/o official Olympic
committee support with the idea that the Olympic committee may come around after
seeing good things happening from CI.
Currently working on establishing a carbon fund through the SFA so Olympic
sponsors and other companies can contribute to the fund to do forest restoration in the
Still developing campaign ideas for wildlife trade awareness through restaurants,
hotels, etc in Beijing. Have initiated talks with CCTV (China national tv) for
documentaries focusing on the Hotspot to be aired around the time of the Olympics
After CI China wrote a letter to the Ministry of Forestry, yesterday we received a call
from the Minister’s office that they will launch a major initiative on the tiger and
leopard skin trade in the Tibetan region.
CI China with CABS Threatened Species Program (Chantal Elkin) attended CITES
Secretariat “Silk Road” meeting in Xinjiang early this month. Are working with
China CITES office and Burma CITES office to do an initial collaboration on illegal
timber trade between the countries.
Drafted a CI China Wildlife Trade Strategy document focusing on:
1. Raise the profile of the wildlife trade issue among key political leaders.
2. Raise awareness among the general public of the need to stop consumption of
3. Collect critical information necessary for the development of law enforcement and
4. Work with partner institutions
3M Biocarbon Project, Forest Restoration
Workshop in late October and November for Sichuan and Yunnan Forest bureaus on
biocarbon project development, using CCB (Climate, Community, and Biodiversity)
planning standards. Also will hold strategic meeting with national level climate
change officials/negotiators to the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto
Coalition formed to do both policy and site work. Major partners are SFA and TNC.
Project sites under 3M grant identified and baseline studies are being conducted.
Year 1 of the 3-year grant will be up in October. Plan for visit to 3M headquarters in
St. Paul and award of second check for year 2.
United Technology Corporation to invest funds by November toward
restoration/planting site for offset 16k tons of CO2.
China Footprint Analysis
Received returned surveys, from Brazil, Guianas, and IndoBurma programs.
The Human Dimensions program has submitted a concept to the Luce foundation for
funding on studying the impacts of Asia on global biodiversity.
Continuing work on refining KBAs and defining corridors
Continuously collecting species and other data from Ecopartners to refine KBAs.
Conservation Synthesis to go to China in November to work with China OM team.
We have a final candidate for the CEPF manager in Beijing, who will be mainly
responsible for monitoring and evaluation work.
China program currently has 17 full time staff +1 co-sponsored by TNC, 1 part-time
intern in DC, 4 project consultants; we are currently recruiting 2 full-time positions.
Working through Development, a proposal is being developed jointly with China
program, IndoBurma program, CELB, and CABS Threatened Species program on
Taking the Profit out of Wildife Trade in Asia for submittal to Gary Larsen (Farside
United Technology Corporation to invest funds by November toward forest
restoration/planting site for voluntary offset 16k tons of CO2.
Progress towards outcomes:
Sapo National Park secured and strong operations resumed. Field equipment and
materials supplied. Park administration zones established and law enforcement
increased. Park staff terms of reference completed. Implementation of new
organizational structure begins
Warden for the Nimba Nature Reserve returned from training in the US. Staff list and
assignment for the East Nimba Nature reserve approved. Planned staff assignment,
zone administration and law enforcement in progress.
Establish strong operations at Sapo National Park, building capacity of FDA staff
and ensuring basic operational capacity. CI and partners have made substantial
progress towards reconstituting management at the park and engaging communities in
law enforcement activities. Recent encroachments on the park for illegal mining and
hunting have successfully ended, thereby minimizing serious threat to the Park’s
viability and restoring governance to the park’s integrity. CI is currently building on
this recent progress, coordinating LFI support with UNMIL and other partners to
further support FDA in maintaining control while promoting development efforts in
surrounding communities. CI is channeling LFI funds to provide field rations for 45
SNP field staff over a 6-month period. CI is also working with FDA and local
communities to expand a road leading to the park to facilitate easy patrols. This
support is critical to ensuring effective park management. CI has procured and
supplied the following items to strengthen “mixed patrols” with civil society groups,
UNMIL, and the Liberian National Police: Communications equipment – based-
radios, Motorcycles, Provide logistical support.
Assist the Liberian government in designing a representative protected area network
through extensive field surveys and participatory analysis to incorporate
conservation, community and commercial forest uses into an integrated forest
management strategy.CI and FDA have established a working group to design a
protected area network and a Trust Fund. The working group, in collaboration with
various national and international consultants, will develop a strategic plan for
Liberia’s protected area network. The report will encompass a “conservation business
plan” outlining the scientific and socio-economic justification, economic implications
(cost-benefit analysis), implementation strategy (legal framework), and financial
strategy including establishing a trust fund to expand and sustainably manage the
protected area network.
CI-Liberia is currently designing a protected area network with the help of David
Knox of CABS. Field activities conducted with Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
during the Liberia Forest Re-assessment Project (LFR) is being used to build upon
work supported by the Netherlands Committee of the IUCN in this design. A rapid
biological survey on three sites to be conducted is planned for November.
Increase awareness of the importance of Liberia’s forest resources, laws and
regulations governing forest resources management, and the involvement of rural
communities in protected area management: CI and partners are producing and
disseminating awareness products to increase awareness of Liberia’s biodiversity and
efforts to conserve it. CI is also collaborating with the LFI and FDA to produce a
weekly radio show that communicates activities in the forest sector. The show invites
special guests, including international technicians working through the LFI and other
partners, and provide for the public to call in and ask questions during the program.
The program highlights recent events, provide for critical debate on forest issues, and
repeat consistent forest issue themes to support good governance of forest resources.
CI-Liberia is working with popular musicians in Monrovia to create and distribute
new songs through radio shows that communicates the importance of Liberia’s forest
resources, laws and regulations governing these resources, and efforts to protect and
manage the country’s forests. The songs focus on educating the general public on
what they can do to conserve biodiversity and support good governance of forest
resources for the benefit of all Liberians. A local film production company is
producing documentaries on CI-Liberia and the Liberian forests in general.
CI is helping to build capacity of environmental journalists to improve reporting on
Liberia’s environment and natural resource management. Independent media remains
weak in Liberia due to limited resources, poor infrastructure, and weak technical
capacity. The technical capacity of most environmental journalists in Liberia remains
low. This program is building capacity of a core group of environmental journalists
that will help consolidate field efforts.
CI is interviewing candidates for two positions – a coordinator and operation officer.
A contract for a temporary research officer was concluded in the month to supervise
field research (chimpanzee survey in the Grebo National Forest) and participate in the
planned November RAP project for northwest Liberia.
Paola Agostini, head of the World Bank team on a recent visit to Monrovia, and CI have
agreed to develop a wildlife management program outside protected area for Liberia.
Progress towards outcomes:
Once again President Ravalomanana of Madagascar has been in the headlines,
when he made a dramatic restatement of his Durban Vision engagement of three
years ago, at the Millenium Development Goals meeting in New York. In his
second speech, he also made the visionary step of committing 8% of revenue
from debt relief to the cost of managing the new protected areas network. This is
another clear indication of the importance of good management of biodiversity
to this government. Current estimates of the value of this contribution range
from 5-10 million dollars a year, effectively filling most of the substantial gap in
protected area funding.
On a practical level, work towards achieving the Durban Vision, to triple the
national protected area network, has been advancing rapidly. It is now two years
since the World Parks Congress, and while there has been only one new
protected area created, the groundwork has been laid for the creation of a
million hectares by the end of 2005. CI is working very closely with the forest
service and many other partners to develop the interim legal status necessary to
protect these forests and wetlands, in order that the full consultation process be
given enough time and space to happen. As of September, around 1.5 M ha of
new protected areas are in this consultation phase, and the interim legal status is
nearing completion. CI are supporting the consultation in two major areas, the
Ranomafana-Andringitra corridor and Zahamena-Mantadia corridor, in
addition to the Menabe forests.
A tremendous success early in the month with the second annual Biodiversity
Reporting Award, won by Randrianantoandro Rojo Océane of the newspaper
Les Nouvelles, for a story on sea-cucumber ranching ( “L’holothuriculture pour
lutter contre la surexploitation). The evening was a very convivial affair, for
which Andrea Margit of the Global Communications department.
CI-Madagascar Marine Coordinator Paul -Philippe Razafinjatovo visited
Washington DC to lay the groundwork for the development of a marine seascape
for the western Indian ocean, in collaboration with the Marine program staff. A
marine RAP, scheduled for March 2006, is also in the later stages of planning
and Paul-Philippe is working with Sheila Mackenna of CABS on a field scoping
Andrea Margit’s visit to Madagascar to help with the Biodiversity Reporting
Award ceremony also enabled us to develop a comprehensive communications
plan for the first time. We are most grateful to Andrea for her time and effort.
The development of the protected areas initiative in the Comores received an
unexpected fillip when the CBC team met with the World Bank Comores support
team in Madagascar. The current instability in the country provoked by a rapid rise in
fuel prices had led to fears that the planned GEF Full-size project would be suspended
or even abandoned. However it looks as if we have an opportunity to develop a GEF
program to support consultation with local communities for the creation of national
parks through the World Bank Community Development Fund, which is already
operational. A proposal will be developed and discussed with the World Bank
probably in the Comores donor meeting scheduled for December, in Mauritius.
A multi-disciplinary team supported by CI made a visit to an area of forest badly
damaged by a Malaysian logging company last year, in order to evaluate the
possibility of developing a forest restoration project in the area. The incident last
year, when the President discovered the logging when flying over the forest in his
helicopter, made quite a stir and was one provocation for the rescinding of logging
permits towards the end of last year. This study will enable us to calculate realistic
costs of commercial logging in Malagasy forests.
An agreement was signed with IRG, a Washington-based consultancy company, for
CABS to perform an update of the ground-breaking 2000 forest cover change map,
which really made it clear where and why biodiversity was being lost in Madagascar.
The new map will bring it up to 2004-5, and so enable (for instance) baseline
measurements for forest carbon conservation projects to be made.
Also signed this month was the node agreement with DAI, another Washington-based
consultancy company, to implement a micro-grant scheme in the Fianarantsoa region.
Part of the agreement stipulates that DAI have to identify a local organization to take
over from them in two years.
Southern Africa Wilderness and Transfrontier Conservation Program
Progress towards outcomes:
Olivier Langrand accompanied program staff to Luanda to meet potential partners to
collaborate with proposed CI work in Angola. Meetings were also held with the
Governor of Kuanda Kubango Province, regarding landmine removal and protected
area rehabilitation in south-eastern Angola.
A tender process to identify a commercial partner for the Gudigwa Cultural Village in
Okavango Delta has been initiated.
Aerial surveys of elephant populations in south-western Zambia, south-eastern
Angola, and western Caprivi Strip are being conducted.
A marketing strategy for Kasika and Impalila Conservancy tourism activities was
implemented including development of posters, private operator site visits, tourist
route co-ordination and promotion of activities through TV programmes and
Two presentations were developed for the 8th World Wilderness Congress in
Final arrangements were made for two local community representatives to travel to
the 8th World Wilderness Congress
Socio-economic surveys in Kavango Zambezi TFCA continued successfully.
Johann Kroese, Finance Manager Southern Africa, left the service of CI to take up an
attractive offer in London. He is already replaced by Juanita Paulsen, who had two
weeks of overlap with Johann for training.
Interviews were held with candidates shortlisted for the new Programme Managers
The Hotspots Programme and the Wilderness Programme moved into new premises,
a brand new three-storey Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, within Kirstenbosch
Gardens of Cape Town, with an enviable view onto Table Mountain.
Africa and Madagascar Development Officer Eric Coppenger visited the Programme
office, assisting staff develop funding proposals for the Kavango Zambezi TFCA, and
presenting a short course on fund-raising.
During the US Government Mission to Liberia the WAP Manager had conversations
with the World Bank regarding further funding for the Region, specifically relating to
Côte d’Ivoire and Sustainable financing for Ghana’s Globally Significant
Biodiversity Areas, this will be followed up with further discussions in DC.
During Ghana workshop WAP Manager initiated contact with the UNDP-GEF
Regional Coordination Unit interested in pursuing additional projects throughout
Worked with RPS to begin process for the West Africa Program Strategy Review.
This Review is currently planned for December 2005 in Liberia. During the review
the West Africa Program and our partners will focus on regional integration and
movement towards a CBC Model.
WAP Manager Traveled to Liberia to support the program in a USG Mission.
During this trip we examined CI Liberia’s Strategy and funding possibilities.
WAP Manager attended the Project Finalization workshop for our GEF funded Cocoa
Agroforestry planning grant.
People, Protected Areas and Corridors
Progress towards outcomes:
CEP participated in Site Planning peer network workshop in Costa Rica, September
CEP was keynote speaker in a workshop to promote incentive agreements in China –
follow up collaboration with CSP and the Blue Moon Fund is in the works.
OM participation in Andes / IUCN Management Effectiveness Workshop in
OM participation in CI Site Planning Workshop in Costa Rica.
OM participation in Marine Science Workshop in Panama.
OM co-author on Conservation Biology submission discussing the Red List Index.
SL consolidated its cocoa agroforestry work by attending an experts workshop
on research and a GEF project planning workshop. UNDP committed $500,000
to the GEF project as co-financing.
PE and PPC staff prepared the 6 PE lessons learned documents for final production,
including requesting a waiver from USAID for four color production. These pieces
will be published and disseminated in October 2005.
Draft of the human migration and conservation paper submitted for technical review
by CI and WWF staff as well as external conservationists. The document is
scheduled for production in October 2005.
PE staff attended the Sept. 9 USAID M&E meeting with other health and PE
organizations. At the end of the meeting, CI and WWF asked USAID for additional
technical assistance for constructing PE conceptual and results frameworks.
Discussions are underway with MEASURE/Evaluation staff.
The final gender technical assistance session was conducted on September 22, 2005.
Seven CI staff attended the session, which focused on improving the guidelines for
incorporating gender into proposals and using different tools to incorporate gender
CSP has received 7 concept papers in the effort to begin building the CSP sites
portfolio. The team is assessing the concept papers and beginning discussions
with country programs to support their conservation objectives and test CSP’s
CSP is collaborating with CEP and CI China to secure a $300,000 fund from Blue
Moon Fund to support the Sacred Lands Project and strengthen the partnership
between CI China and GEI.
CSP participated in the Site Planning Workshop in Costa Rica and presented a draft
approach for defining best practices for community-level stakeholder engagement.
The presentation was one of 5 prioritized by the group for further development.
PAC held the workshop, "First Meeting of the Site Planning Peer Network,"
September 12-16 at the La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. 28 CI staff and
partners attended the workshop to exchange information on approaches to
developing conservation plans for Key Biodiversity Areas, to propose
refinements to CI's site (KBA) planning framework, and to launch the
formation of the KBA Planning Network, which will promote communication
and collaboration among KBA/PA specialists within CI and close partner
PAC Finalized Corridor Workshop Report, now ready to be sent printer. Last
technical revision underway for the Context Assessment Paper.
Initiation of the Portal: invitation launched to all participants of the KBA Peer
Selection of the 7 projects for the corridor learning initiative: Brazil/Pantanal;
East Africa/Udzungwa Mtns; China; Madagascar/Mantadia-Zahamena;
Indonesia/N. Sumatra; Philippines/Sierra Madre; and Brazil/Mamberamo.
PAC in preparation of finalizing terms of internal transfer agreements (deliverables,
amount, dates, etc.).
USAID awarded CI a grant of $42,000 under the Global Conservation Partnership
Learning Initiative to support an analysis of hydrological processes to support
strategic planning in the Pantanal. The grant period will extend from Oct. 1, 2005 to
Sep 30, 2006 and the project will be carried out in partnership between PAC,
Conservation Synthesis, and the Brazil CBC.
Work plan for disseminating and supporting CI country and regional programs
engagement in the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas developed, and
criteria for selecting countries and for systematizing case studies under elaboration.
Regional Program Support
Progress towards outcomes:
Indonesia Program Assessment: Lead and conducted the assessment from
September 12-29. During this time, two teams of 3 visited all the Program’s
offices to talk to staff and partners to obtain feedback on the Program’s
Melanesia CBC Meeting: Attended this meeting in Jayapura September 12-14.
Took this opportunity to present an update to the CBC Management Team on
Mexico and Central America Assessment: Began discussions with the Program
on the format of the assessment and initial collection of data. An analysis of the
recommendations from past assessments is under way. Also met with Warren
Fairfax to discuss the Operational Assessment that will complement the Program
PUNT: Carried out an internal review (after 1 year in existence) of the Priority
Unfunded Needs Team and how to increase the effectiveness of the group. It was
decided that the group will focus on information exchange in its monthly meeting
and tackle other priorities through participant-led working groups.
Institutional Calendar: All dates that we had at our disposal have been added. At
this time its official launch is pending.
West Africa Strategy Review and Central Africa Program Assessment:
Continued engagement with both respective Programs on the development of these
Walton: Upgrading the workplan database; worked with Global Marine to refine
the reporting timeline and templates.
Staffing news: The coordinator position was placed on CI’s web site and advertised for 3
weeks (while conducting the Indonesia Program Assessment). We have received a total of 75
applications. We plan to review all applications, produce a short list, interview candidates, and
make our selection with an offer during October. Our objective is still to get someone to start on
November 1, 2005.