About the TBA

We put people at the heart of conservation, giving them the skills and support they need to be effective on the ground.

What we do

TBA training enables scientists, project managers and educators, working in the tropics, to manage and safeguard biodiversity, long term.

It’s what we call capacity building for conservation. Our approach is unique because we provide all of the following to everyone we train:

  • Tailored training that is relevant and practical
  • Learner-centred teaching by local and international specialists
  • Follow-up support to ensure new skills are applied
  • Active networks for on-going collaboration and exchange of best practice

Capacity building begins by inspiring people. So far, we have launched and supported the careers of over 2,000 conservation champions: half of them from 29 countries in Africa and Madagascar. Our alumni are applying their skills and knowledge in project management, policy development, research and education. They work for government agencies, NGOs, the public and private sectors.

Every one of them has a different story about how the TBA has changed their life.


Our history

Established in 1993, the TBA is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee (with no share capital). We have offices in Cambridge (UK) and Nairobi (Kenya).

The TBA is a founder member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative — a collaboration of leading biodiversity conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge. CCI aims to transform global understanding and secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth.

We are a co-organiser of the Student Conference on Conservation Science — the only annual forum specifically organised for young conservation scientists to deepen their knowledge, share ideas and build networks.

Your impact in Africa especially seems to be truly wonderful. Long may it continue!


Professor Sir Peter Crane, FRS, Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale University, Former Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


TBA alumni and the institutions we support are making a positive impact in conservation on the ground.

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