What we provide

TBA integrated training for CEPF grantees delivers tailored short courses and master classes to build skills in

• Project management: the skills and tools needed to manage the changing realities and demands of conservation projects.

• Monitoring and evaluation: how to set realistic indicators to track progress and assess impact of conservation projects.

• Strategic planning: thinking beyond the funding period to deliver sustainable conservation projects and programmes in the longer term.

• Effective communication and advocacy: developing managers’ skills in communicating impacts of their work to engage decision makers and attract new funding.

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“My ability to design and implement projects has been enhanced. I’ll be making reference to the tools acquired from this training”

Learning exchanges add value to what is learned on our courses, and are a key feature of integrated training. We strategically match managers with mutual conservation interests to visit projects on the ground to learn best practice and share experiences .

For example, in the East Afromontane hotspot, managers from Save Tanzania Forest (SATAFO) visited the Misuku Hills Beekeepers Association in Malawi to learn from each other about how to improve local community engagement in sustainable livelihood activities.

“One of the take-aways from this exchange is how SATAFO can further strengthen the honey value chain by establishing effective working groups and assisting the local communities to obtain better prices by harvesting and processing honey more skilfully.”

In another exchange, staff from Birdlife Zimbabwe visited the conservation NGO, MICAIA Foundation, in Mozambique, to discuss closer cooperation across national boundaries in the shared Chimanimani Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). 

Hotspot conservation networks

All elements of this integrated programme contribute to creating an active network of conservation managers working in the hotspot, which now has over 100 members. As part of the integrated training package, the TBA coordinates a monthly network newsletter, sharing project news, successes, and funding opportunities.

About the funder

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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.