Fostering Collaborations for Biodiversity Conservation

Enhancing capacity building
Enhancing capacity building

In 1995, the Tropical Biology Association hosted the first Zimbabwean in its field courses. Today some 15 Zimbabweans have benefited from the courses. This is however not enough given the large number of young Zimbabweans seeking practical training in conservation skills to make an impact in their motherland. It is through this realisation that the Zimbabwe TBA alumni decided to act.

In 2014, under the leadership of Kudzai Mafuwe, Joshua Tsamba and Edwin Tambara the group organised a networking event dubbed ‘enhancing capacity and building collaborations in conservation’. The event’s main objective was to launch the ‘Zimbabwe TBA Alumni group’ and initiate activities to increase the capacity of upcoming Zimbabwean scientists to effectively engage in conservation work especially in research. Continue reading “Fostering Collaborations for Biodiversity Conservation”

International Day of Forests: The Power of Trees

Have you ever asked yourself what would have happened if we did not have forests? Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land. Forests provide so many benefits ranging from social-cultural to economic to cultural and environmental.

These benefits include contributions to the overall economy – through employment, processing and trade of forest products and energy – and investments in the forest sector. They also include the hosting and protection of sites and landscapes of high cultural, spiritual or recreational value. The socio-cultural values vary among countries, depending on their level of development and traditions but all in all the benefits are immeasurable. Continue reading “International Day of Forests: The Power of Trees”

TBAAK successfully holds its Members’ Meeting

The TBA Kenya alumni group (TBAAK) have just held a successful members meeting on 20th March 2015, at the National Museums of Kenya. Passionate about using collaboration to bring together different voices and views among themselves and their project partners for increased conservation impact, the members came up with ideas for strengthening their network.

 “TBAAK members have diverse skills, knowledge and resources, giving it the potential to be a self-confident, creative and effective network of alumni, who can collectively make a huge difference in the conservation field” – Mr. Herman Chege, TBAAK Chairman.

11 alumni were present at this meeting, where discussions on functioning of the network, benefits to membership and opportunities available for their growth prevailed.

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Congratulations Ghana Crossword Puzzle winners!

We have our winners! Congratulations to the following for correctly solving the Ghana Crossword Puzzle.

  1. Akintunde Babajide – Nigeria
  2. Jessica Buyaki – Kenya

If you have any crossword/ puzzle suggestions, please share with  us.

This year, the Tropical Biology Association African Alumni Group (TAAG) African Student Conference will be hosted by the Ghana TBA Alumni group, and will be held at the University of Ghana from 9th to 12th June 2015. Details 

As we gear towards the conference, today’s blog edition features a crossword to test your wits on Ghanaian biodiversity and personalities.

Can you solve the crossword? Fill in the blanks by using the clues below, and send your answers to:

Ghana crossword solution

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NTBA’s 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference: 19th – 20th May 2015

The Nigeria TBA alumni group (NTBA) is delighted to invite you to its 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference which will be held from 19th – 20th May 2015 at the Theodore Idibiye Francis Auditorium, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.

NTBA logo

Under the overarching theme “Conservation in 21st Century Nigeria: Transcending disciplinary boundaries”, and with different sub-themes, NTBA invites original research papers especially in the areas of biodiversity conservation and management. Continue reading “NTBA’s 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference: 19th – 20th May 2015”

Iregi Mwenja is serious about Wildlife crime

Today is World Wildlife Day, as declared by the United Nations, which hopes to bring awareness to the plight of animals and plants that are in danger – mostly from poaching, but also from habitat destruction.

Many of our alumni are directly engaged in efforts to not only raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people, but at the same time, step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.To celebrate this day, we feature Iregi Mwenja – 2005 Kibale TBA course participant – and his work in saving African wildlife. While at the Bornfree Foundation, Iregi was actively involved in the fight against the illegal bushmeat trade mainly through raising awareness on the issue and supporting de-snaring projects. Continue reading “Iregi Mwenja is serious about Wildlife crime”