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ABCG Annual Report 2010

BIODIVERSITY ANALYSIS AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT (BATS) FOR USAID/AFRICA
AWARD # RLA-A-00-07-00043-00
THIRD ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE
AFRICA BIODIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE GROUP (ABCG)
10/1/2009 to 9/30/2010
December 30, 2010
SUBMITTED BY WORLD WILDLIFE FUND ON BEHALF OF
ABCG MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

ABCG’s third year activities built upon the efforts of BATS carried out by the USDA Forest Service International Programs (FS/IP) and IRG, as well as ABCG members and activities during the first two years of BATS.

• Five large thematic meetings including: 1) Bushmeat Briefing 3: Alternatives, Enforcement and Capacity-Building: Examples of Key Solutions to Bushmeat Challenges; 2) Expert’s Meeting on Conservation in Madagascar; 3) The Impact of Chinese Investment on African Biodiversity and Opportunities for Conservation; 4) Private Sector Partnerships for Conservation; and 5) Paradise Lost? Lessons from 25 Years of Environment Programs in Madagascar

• Numerous brown bag talks on various aspects of conservation, from conservation programs targeted at species (Cross River Gorilla) to those working in conflict areas (Albertine Rift) to capacity building (MENTOR/BEAN and Garoua Wildlife School) to approaches towards HIV/AIDS and conservation (Umzi Wethu and Andrew Muir, and Ben Piper) to strategies for developing conservation with local people (Southern Sudan). We continue to develop compelling discussions to engage ABCG members and partners in addressing emerging and high priority issues affecting biodiversity in Africa.

• Six analytical reports and maps on: 1) assessment of biodiversity and extractive industries in five countries in West Africa, 2) Government Restrictions on the Use of Private Land in Kenya, 3) The Impact of The New Constitution of Kenya and the National Land Policy on Community Conservation Objectives in Kenya: A case Study of the Northern Rangelands Trust, 4) Securing Forested Land Through Carbon Offset Projects: Pilot Projects from the African Wildlife Foundation in East Africa, 5) Land Tenure, Reform and Conservation Tools in South Africa and their Potential Application in Kenya, 6) Climate change vulnerability analysis in five countries in West Africa

• Four workshops held or planned for training and capacity building: 1) Preparation for REDD+ workshops in Central Africa: hiring a training specialist and development of training strategy and materials in preparation for workshops to be held in February 2011, 2) two Roots & Shoots peer education workshops held in Uganda for 44 girls and 22 female teachers on topics including HIV, sexual reproductive health and life planning skills, 3) preparation for sessions on the intersections between extractive industries and biodiversity in West Africa at the Elmina+ conference, 4) preparations for sessions on climate change vulnerability in West Africa a the upcoming Elmina+ conference

• Outreach to the broader conservation community, including: 1) Survey of ABCG listserv on priorities and needs, 2) Initiating more consolidated listserv and website linkages, 3) Consolidating themes on ABCG website to simplify navigation, 4) Increase in ABCG listserv membership, with less frequent but more substantial postings, 5) Creation of ABCG Facebook page and Twitter feed

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