The West Africa Guinean Forests Hotspot support impressive levels of biodiversity, having high levels of species richness and endemism. It also faces many on-going threats to biodiversity which have resulted in the loss of more than 85 percent of the native vegetation cover. Although the hotspot’s CSO’s (Civil Society Organizations) recognize the degradation and over-exploitation of terrestrial and aquatic resources, some lack the organizational capacity and conservation knowledge that would help them tackle these threats more effectively than they are currently doing.
The Tropical Biology Association in collaboration with Save the Sahara Network (in Nigeria) and Save the Frog! Ghana is implementing a mentoring programme in this Hotspot to respond to this. Funded by CEPF under the project “Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation Capacity of Civil Society”, the programme will provide civil society organizations with capacity to identify key threats to biodiversity and develop projects that deliver real and measurable conservation impact on the ground.
The mentoring programme will run until September 2021 delivered through a series of tailored short courses, mentoring visits and a final delegates event for sharing best practices, experiences and lessons for civil society organizations working across Nigeria and Ghana and will focus on providing skills in:
About the Funder
CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.