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Conservation Project of the Nyungwe Forest/Projet Conservation de la foret de Nyungwe

The Conservation of the Nyungwe Forest National Park has initiatives including tropical forest and conservation research, tourism development and promotion. Others are community-based conservation and development promotion and assistance, and capacity building at the local, university and government levels. The project is located in Gisakura, Rwanda and funded by The Wildlife Conservation Society. Contact persons are Michel Masozera and Beth Kaplin.

Wildwatch: African Wildlife & Conservation

"Wildwatch is an online publication created by CC Africa (Conservation Corporation Africa), one of Africa's most comprehensive eco-tourism companies." Visitors will find a number of interesting and informative features, such as CC Africa's monthly magazine and details of the company's six-point conservation and sustainable development model. Other items include first-hand accounts of wildlife sightings and an excellent image gallery. Some of the website is devoted to CC Africa's commercial ventures, but this does not detract from the overall focus on conservation and public education.

IUCN-SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group

To facilitate the conservation of hyraxes, the aardvark, elephant-shrews or sengis, golden-moles, tenrecs, and their habitats by 1) providing sound scientific advice and guidance to conservationists, governments, and other interested groups; 2) raising public awareness; and 3) developing research and conservation programmes. Funding: World Conservation Union (IUCN), Species Survival Commission. Contact: Galen B. Rathbun, Ph.D., Fellow and Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco), c/o P.O. Box 202. Cambria, California 93428-0202, U.S.A. Ph: 1- 805/927-3059 (voice & fax).

International Crane Foundation Africa Program

The International Crane Foundation Seeks to help safeguard Africa's cranes and wetland biodiversity through community-based research and conservation programs that benefit both people and wildlife. The conservation of cranes in Africa depends on gaining accurate information about the status and distribution of cranes across the continent, empowering local ecologists to develop pro-active conservation programs for cranes and their habitats, and engaging governments, agencies, NGOs, and local communities in the sustainable management of wetlands and their catchments for the benefit of people and wildlife. Our programs seek to provide support and training for key individuals who will become the future conservation leaders of Africa, to conduct innovative research on wetland restoration and watershed management in an African context, and to build a network of colleagues across Africa to create uniquely African solutions to conservation challenges. Major programs include: (1) The African Wattled Crane Program: Water, wetlands, and Wattled Cranes - conservation, research, and capacity building. (2) The Lower Zambezi Valley Program: The sustainable management of Cahora Bassa Dam and the lower Zambezi Valley, Mozambique. (3) The Black Crowned Crane Program: Status surveys, community awareness, and conservation planning in the Sahel region. (4) The Grey Crowned Crane Program: Community-based conservation in the Lake Victoria basin of East Africa. Location: Programs, projects, and/or partners in Botswana, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The International Crane Foundation is based in Wisconsin, USA and funded by Federal, state, private, and philanthropic through the International Crane Foundation. We also have a small grants distribution program. Contact: Richard Beilfuss, Ph.D.; Africa Program Director (, International Crane Foundation, P.O. Box 447, E-11376 Shady Lane Rd. Baraboo, WI 53913-0447. Ph: 1-608-356-9462  x131, Fax: 1-608-356-9465. 

Green Belt Against Desertification

Aimed at stopping and reversing the degradation of the forest ecosystems in the Tunisia, Morocco, Croatia and Portugal Green Belts, and set the basis for the long-term conservation of their biological diversity and the sustainable management of their natural resources. Location: Tunisia, Morocco, Croatia, Portugal. Contact: Francesca Antonelli, Forest projects coordinator, WWF Mediterranean Programme.

Describing African Violet Habitats in Mbololo Forest, Taita Hills, Kenya

The aim is to describe the habitats where African violets live for the development of meaningful local-level conservation plans. Location: Kenya. Contact: Gerard Hertel (, Forest Ecologist & Entomologist, African Violet Society of America, Department of Biology, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383. Ph: 1-610-436-0599, (fax 2183).

Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP)

The GISP mission is to conserve biodiversity and sustain human livelihoods by minimizing the spread and impact of invasive alien species ( Location: The GISP Secretariat is hosted by the South African National Botanical Institute (soon to be the South African Biodiversity Institute), Kirstenbosch Gardens, Private Bag X7, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa. major funding is provided by the World Bank / Bank Netherlands Partnership Programme, Development Grant Facility, US Department of State, and Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE). Contact: Kobie Brand, Communications Officer; Dr Phoebe Barnard; Global Invasive Species Programme, National Botanical Institute Kirstenbosch Gardens, P/Bag X7, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa. Ph: +27-(0)21-799-8800 (switchboard), -799-8795 (direct), Fax: +27-(0)21-797-1561

Namibian National Biodiversity Programme

The NNBP was set up in 1994 to coordinate, support, guide and stimulate national activities relating to biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of biological resources in Namibia. Directorate of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Private Bag 13306, Windhoek, Namibia. Funding: GTZ, UNEP/GEF, UNDP/GEF. Contact: Sem Taukondjo Shikongo, Environmental Conventions and Programmes Division, Directorate of Environmental Affairs.

AHEAD (Animal Health for the Environment And Development)

Host Institution: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In September 2003, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the IUCN Veterinary Specialist Group (VSG), the IUCN Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SASUSG) and partners launched a new program- AHEAD (Animal Health for the Environment And Development)- within the Fifth IUCN World Parks Congress held in Durban, South Africa. Details on the "Southern and East African Experts Panel on Designing Successful Conservation and Development Interventions at the Wildlife/Livestock Interface: Implications for Wildlife, Livestock, and Human Health," including the AHEAD Invitees Briefing Packet, are available at  It was in recognition of the importance of animal health to both conservation and development interests. Around the world, domestic and wild animals are coming into ever-more-intimate contact as we all of course know, and (without adequate scientific knowledge and planning) the consequences can be detrimental on one or both sides of the proverbial fence. But armed with the tools that the health sciences provide, conservation and development objectives have a much greater chance of being realized- particularly at the critical wildlife / livestock interface where conservation and agricultural interests meet head-on. Our goal is to foster a sharing of ideas among African practitioners and development professionals that will lead to concrete and creative initiatives that address conservation and development challenges related to health at the livestock/wildlife/human interface. The foci of the initiative are the ongoing efforts and future needs in and around the region's flagship protected areas and conservancies and their buffer zones- the places where tensions and challenges at the livestock/wildlife interface are often greatest. Contact: Steve Osofsky, DVM, Wildlife Conservation Society- Field Veterinary Program, Senior Policy Advisor, Wildlife Health. Ph/fax: 1-703-716-1029.  

BIOTA West Africa , Part of BIOTA Africa

BIOTA West Africa is a multidisciplinary (zoology, botany, climatology, ethnology, socioeconomy, soil sciences, remote sensing/ GIS, biodiversity mapping) approach working on different scales to describe and analyze biodiversity and the impact of human activities. Monitoring concepts with indicator species and management plans will be developed. Planned duration: nine years. University of Würzburg as coordinator, in co-operation with the Universities of Abidjan, Bobo-Dioulasso, Bonn, Cotonou, Frankfurt am Main, Mainz, Ouagadougou, Regensburg, Rostock and Ulm. With the DLR ( German Aerospace Center, Center for Remote Sensing), the ZEF (Center for Development Research) and the Senckenberg Research Institute. Field research in Bénin, Burkina Faso and Côte d´Ivoire. Funding by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Contacts: Dr. K. E. Linsenmair, Coordinator; Ph: +49 - (0) 931 – 8884350; assisted by Minnattallah Boutros; Ph: +49 - (0) 931–8884354 Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Theodor-Boveri-Institute of Biosciences.

International Ecological Field Station / Biodiversity Research

(1) Increasing the knowledge of the ecosystem West-African savannah and its biodiversity, (2) building local research capacity, (3) establishing sustainable use systems, (4) providing scientific results to park managers, (5) contributing to the conservation and management of the Comoé NP declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Re­serve. Located in the Comoé National Park, Côte d’Ivoire (West-Africa) and funded by the University of Würzburg (Germany), Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, Volkswagen-Foundation, German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Contact: Dr. Frauke Fischer, Director, Biozentrum, Am Hubland 97074 Würzburg, Germany. Website.

The Threatened Species Programme

Strengthening information bases, policy-making and decision-making for South Africa’s threatened plant resources. Located within the National Botanical Institute based at the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa and funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (NORAD) through the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). Contact Pretoria: Wendy Foden and Cape Town: Domitilla Raimondo. Website.

Ethnobotany /Economic Botany in Africa

To investigate native plants of Africa and their uses, protect , conserve and preserve native plant species of Africa and to reintroduce the lost seeds of Africa in their natural habitat. Located in Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Cameroun, Uganda. Potential Sponsors: World Resource Institute and others. Contact: Dr. Fatimata Pale.

Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

ITFC's mission is to lead in the implementation of biological and socioeconomic research and training that furthers conservation and management of Albertine Rift forests and biodiversity. Specific Projects include: (1) Mountain gorilla ecology and conservation (2) Effectiveness of ICD strategies (3) Ecological monitoring, forest dynamics and regeneration (4) Forest edge effects (5) Sustainability of NTFP harvest. Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, Wildlife Conservation Society, Worldwide Fund for Nature, and CARE International. Contact: Alastair McNeilage, Director, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, PO Box 44, Kabale, Uganda.

Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use of Resources in Littoral Forest Fragments of Madagascar

The project consists of improving biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of its component in a threatened littoral forest fragment of Madagascar. Efforts are undertaken with consultation and partnership with key stakeholders (local resource users, private sectors, governmental and non-government authorities and research and academic institutions). A monitoring system to measure change and impact on baseline socioeconomic and ecological indicators has been developed and capacity of institutions in place built. Location: Tampolo (Fenoarivo Atsinanana, Madagascar). Funding: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, USA. Contact Dr. Joelisoa Ratsirarson, Forestry Department, School for Agricultural Sciences (ESSA-Forêts), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Integrating Scientists, Managers and Communities:  Developing Effective Conservation Management for the Flora and Fauna of Zanzibar’s Threatened Coastal Forests

The goals of this project are: to develop protected-area wide ecological monitoring programs in Zanzibar’s protected areas; to build capacity to collect, analyze and interpret data necessary to develop, implement and evaluate effective conservation management plans; and to establish community conservation education programs in villages adjacent to protected areas. Location: Unguja Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Funding: Wildlife Conservation Society, Margot-Marsh Biodiversity Foundation – Conservation International. Contact: Dr Kirstin S. Siex, Wildlife Conservation Society, International Conservation - Africa Program, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY  10460-1099, USA. Ph: 1 (718) 220-1387, Fax: 1 (718) 364-4275.

Local Ocean Trust

Local Ocean Trust is a marine conservation organization committed to the protection of the Kenyan marine environment through conservation, research, education, campaigning and community development. Watamu Turtle Watch is a flagship program focusing on Turtle conservation. Location: Watamu, Kenya . Funding: International Fund for Animal Welfare, Flora and Fauna International. Contact: Richard Zanre, Program Director, Alison Cameron, Volunteer Coordinator. Website.

West African Sea Turtle Conservation Project (WASTCoP)

WASTCoP is a community based marine turtle monitoring and conservation programme that provides the much-needed information to ensure the conservation of marine turtle populations nesting in the West African region. The WASTCoP was initiated following a scientific investigation into the reproductive biology and ecology of Olive Ridley Turtles at the coast of Ghana in 2001/2002. Objectives: (1) To provide fundamental data for the effective conservation and management of marine turtles. (2) To establish a long-term community based marine turtle monitoring and conservation programme. Location: West Africa. Funding: International Youth Link Foundation, British Chelonia Group. Contact: Kathleen Beyer.

The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force

The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force maintains a large database of conservation projects related to the bushmeat crisis, for Africa and around the world. Our data fields include the ones you requested, as well as others. Contact: Andrew Tobiason, Information Services Coordinator, Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, 8403 Colesville Rd, Suite 710, Silver Spring, MD  20910, USA. Ph: 1 (301) 562-0777  x264 Fax: 1 (301) 562-0888. Website.

Ecotourism Development in Ghana

Nature Conservation Research Centre is a home-grown Ghanaian NGO that manages about a dozen projects throughout Ghana, with new projects coming on-line each year. These include a sacred grove that harbors primates, a hippopotamus sanctuary on 40 km of the Black Volta River. Each effort conserves biodiversity, promotes public support for biodiversity in Ghana, and provides local economic benefits.  NCRC is best known for promoting ecotourism in Ghana, developing community-owned and community-operated conservation areas, and facilitating field research. NCRC's nature conservation efforts are in harmony with local cultural beliefs, and have tangible economic, community, and environmental returns for the people of the region. They also run a web site featuring ecotourism sites throughout Ghana. Contact: Paul Beier, Professor of Conservation Biology & Wildlife Ecology, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ 86011-5018, USA. Website.