EAWLS Programmes Manager, Jabes Okumu participated in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s Experience-Sharing and Networking Event at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda from 2nd to 5th July 2019.
This event was organised by the Tropical Biology Association (TBA) under the CEPF-funded project entitled “Systematic Evaluation of CEPF and Capacity Development of CEPF Grantees”. The four-day event brought together CEPF grantees from 10 countries within the Eastern Afromontane Region to network, share experiences and lessons and discuss the sustainability of projects.
The CEPF programme is expected to close this year and therefore the workshop also sought to evaluate CEPF impact in the Eastern Afromontane region over the past seven years (since 2012) with a view to informing its new strategic focus and direction in the hotspot for the next phase. Projects implemented or being implemented by CEPF grantees vary from research, community livelihood and species and habitats conservation to Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) management and protection.
The event also sought to demonstrate the contribution of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in attaining the Aichi Biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, European Union, Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank, and aims to strengthen CSOs.
Through this event, EAWLS was able to showcase the impact and the lessons learnt from the projects it has been implementing within Lake Ol Bolossat KBA in Kenya since 2016. Collectively, the grantees with guidance from the event facilitators developed shareable lessons that are authentic, significant and applicable.