New free textbook: Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa / New IUCN MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on Protected Area Management/ New free eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course: Africa / 1st Africa Protected Areas Congress/ Pathways 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation Conference.
New free textbook: Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa
John W. Wilson and Richard B. Primack, Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2019. Download for free
New IUCN MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on Protected Area Management
The IUCN Program on African Protected Areas & Conservation is launching a new session of its MOOCs on Protected Area Management in Africa: PA management, Ecological monitoring, Law enforcement, Species conservation, Valorisation of resources and, soon, new technologies. The courses are completely free, online and open to all.
New free eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course: Africa
The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, is calling for applications for our free eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course: Africa. If you are working in the conservation-related field (ranging from Geopolitics to grassroots conservation), on large carnivores and based in Africa, we invite you to join us on this course. We also welcome applicants who do not meet these criteria. Details on attached poster. For more background on the course, please check out our websites: Read more...
1st Africa Protected Areas Congress
The Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) has been postponed to 2021, a decision that will give Africa a great head start in the implementation of the outcomes of CBD COP15, WCC 2020 and the New Deal for Nature and People. Read more...
IUCN World Conservation Congress
11-19 June 2020, Marseille, France
The IUCN World Conservation Congress has grown to be the world’s largest and most democratic recurring conservation event in the world, bringing the expertise and influence of its powerful membership to bear on the most pressing issues of the time. It has three parts: a marketplace of ideas called the Forum, an Exhibition showcasing conservation’s initiatives from across the world and a voting session for IUCN Members called the Members’ Assembly. Read more...
Pathways 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation Conference
February 2020, Kenya
Colorado State University and the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance are thrilled to announce their partnership with hosting the Pathways Africa: Human Dimensions of Wildlife 2020 conference and training. Pathways Africa 2020 will return to Kenya with a new focus on providing innovative, relevant leadership training for current practitioners in order to strengthen the next generation of African conservation leaders. Read more...
WWF’s Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund:
WWF’s Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund supports the testing of new ideas that have potential to reduce the vulnerability of wildlife to changes in climate through on-the-ground projects. Successes and lessons learned from these pilot projects provide useful guidance that move conservation beyond business-as-usual approaches and rapidly scale promising efforts to help wildlife endure under conditions of rapid change. WWF and its partners are invited to submit concepts for pilot projects for the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund. Deadline: 22 September 2019. Read more...
Recent Training Resources and Opportunities:
1) Capacity Building for Conservation Conference:
30 July to 1 August 2019
Building sufficient conservation capacity to tackle the growing environmental issues around the world will be a major challenge in the 21st century. Join the international conservation community at the fourth Capacity Building for Conservation (CBC) conference to discuss and develop effective solutions to a range of capacity building issues.
2) Equator Prize:
The Equator Prize 2019 will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York in September 2019, culminating in a high-level award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week.
The Equator Prize 2019 will have a special focus on
- initiatives that protect, restore or sustainably manage natural environments
- initiatives that promote local models for climate-smart food and agricultural production systems
- innovative ways to finance nature-based solutions for sustainable development and climate change.
The nomination deadline will be 26 February 2019. Nominations can be submitted in 8 languages. For further information and to nominate visit.
3) UNEP Young Champions of the Earth 2019:
Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact. Deadline: 31 March 2019
4) USFWS Central Africa Regional Program (CARPE) Notice of Funding Opportunity:
USFWS recently posted the FY19 Notice of Funding Opportunity for our Central Africa Regional Program (CARPE funds). The French translation will be available by Monday (hopefully sooner) and will be available here.
Conservation priorities for this program in 2019 will focus on providing front-line support to protected areas and capacity development, and addressing regional threats to wildlife, specifically:
- Supporting protected area management
- Supporting regional wildlife colleges
- Reducing protected species in the commercial bushmeat trade
- Creating a new team-based MENTOR Program to increase efforts to counter the growing pressures on wildlife and protected areas from the illegal trafficking of protected species in the commercial bushmeat trade.
5) IUCN PAPACO Protected Area MOOCs:
IUCN Program on African Protected Areas & Conservation has a series of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on Protected Areas management, Ecological monitoring, Law enforcement, Species conservation, and Natural resources valorisation in protected areas and sustainable tourism.
The courses are completely free, online and open to all. Register now:
6) Terms of Reference for Conservation Leadership Landscape Study:
National Geographic Society (NGS) is engaging a Contractor to provide a Landscape Analysis of Conservation Capacity Building Needs and Recommendations for a new initiative on Conservation Leadership. National Geographic Society, Global Wildlife Conservation, and the Smithsonian Institution (henceforth referred to as “the Collaborators”), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in developing a program that will support the capacity needs of conservationists. The overall goal of this initiative is to invest in, train, mentor, and promote promising conservationists, enabling them to become catalysts for change and leaders in driving meaningful on-the-ground conservation impact. The Collaborators seek to foster a global cadre of individuals with the skills to develop effective solutions, strategies, and relationships needed to drive conservation action for the most important and urgent conservation challenges.
This Terms of Reference is focused on conducting research and developing recommendations to inform the learning and mentoring components of the program. Learning programs developed and promoted by the Collaborators are expected to encompass a wide range of approaches including online learning, peer to peer learning, formal training, experiential learning, and mentoring. The audience will be largely identified through the existing programs of the Collaborators, and will include promising early and mid-career conservationists from around the world.
Send your resume and a brief cover letter describing your relevant skills and experience to: Teresa Leonardo, Interim Director for Changing Planet Grants National Geographic Society firstname.lastname@example.org
7) WCS/WWF/APN Capacity Building Coordinator:
WCS, WWF and APN have long supported the Congolese, Cameroonian and Central African governments in their efforts to conserve biodiversity in the landscapes of the Tri-National Sangha (TNS) and support the management of several protected areas in the three countries. They also support the implementation of USLABs (Anti-poaching Units) in forest concessions in the Republic of Congo. Although training and capacity building has always been a focal point, the three institutions wish to strengthen their capacity building efforts in these sites, and therefore plan to develop and implement systematic capacity building strategies adapted to the specific needs of the sites supported.