TBA’s New Website is Finally Here!

It has been a few months in the making, but we are now delighted to announce the launch of the redesigned TBA website.

With a fresh new design, the website is now more visually appealing, presenting news and information on our conservation impact that is easy to find.

In addition to news about our amazing alumni, we have created a new section to tell the stories behind our conservation champions.

We hope it will help you to get to know us better and to share our commitment to investing in people for conservation.

So please take a tour of our new site http://www.tropical-biology.org/ and do let us know what you think.




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Our month in pictures #May 2015

Everyday, we share interesting news and information on various conservation issues, including what we are doing at TBA, what our alumni are doing to address conservation challenges in different parts of the world and, their experiences in our training courses. Here are a few of our favourite pictures shared in May! Share your pictures with us, and while you are at it, follow us on facebook and twitter twitter!

Group photo of the participants
Participants at a CEPF grantee training in Mbeya, Tanzania
Course briefing
Course briefing by Dr. Rosie Trevelyan
Women in conservation
Women in conservation were well represented at the training workshop in                                                               Mbeya

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Highlights of the NTBA 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference – Day One

By Dr Folaranmi Babalola, TBA Alumni – Kibale 2003

Professor Jonathan Onyekwelu of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), gave the keynote address as the 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference by the Nigeria Tropical Biology Association (NTBA) got under way in Akure, Nigeria on 19th May 2015.

The Panel of High Profile speakers at the start of the conference
         The Panel of High Profile speakers at the start of the conference

With more than 50 participants attending the event, the conference aims to explore the role of multidisciplinary approaches in sustainable resource management, and further, how collective responsibility in resource use can be enhanced in Nigeria.

The day began with a series of high-profile speakers, led by Professor Shadrack Akindele of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) at FUTA, and Joseph Onoja of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation.

Prof J.C. Onyekwelu delivering the keynote address
     Prof. Jonathan Onyekwelu   delivering the keynote                               address
Prof. Arayela, FUTA DVCA         officially opening the                           conference

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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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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”

TBA introduces the first toolkit for assessing ecosystem services in Africa

The Tropical Biology Association (TBA) is leading in building capacity of natural TESSA 5resource managers to evaluate services provided by ecosystems they manage.For the first time in Africa, we introduced the‘Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site based Assessments (TESSA) and guided it’s trials in Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Happening in forests, miombo woodland, grasslands, wetlands and coastal mangroves habitats, the trials revealed that the toolkit can be reliably applied to assess the benefits people receive from nature. Continue reading “TBA introduces the first toolkit for assessing ecosystem services in Africa”

The Madagascar TBA Alumni (MTBA) train a record 90 young scientists in just six months

Inspired by a specialist training by TBA-MTBA in February for Malagasy scientists, MTBA has gone on to run three follow up workshops sharing the new knowledge gained from the workshop. A total of 90 young conservation scientists participated in the MTBA workshop whose key themes were:

Role of social science in conservation10 young scientists attended this training that was coordinated by Andriamarovololona Mijasoa (MTBA Country Coordinator) in February 2014. Continue reading “The Madagascar TBA Alumni (MTBA) train a record 90 young scientists in just six months”

TAAG invites you to Ghana for the 2015 Students Conference

TAAGlogoTAAG has confirmed that the Ghana TBA alumni group will be the host of the next African students conference. The group won the hotly contested bid against the Nigeria and Cameroon TBA alumni groups in a process that involved voting by the coordinators of the 13 TBA alumni groups. Congratulating the winning host, Godwin Tanda of Cameroon thanked all the alumni groups who participated in the polls, noting that, “their decisions and choices were thoughtful” and that, “the Ghanaian Group was best placed to host the student conference in 2015”. Praising the Ghanaian team for their win, the acting TAAG President Margaret Awuor added, “I am looking forward to working together with you towards making the next TAAG conference most memorable!” Continue reading “TAAG invites you to Ghana for the 2015 Students Conference”

Studying the Udzungwa Red Colobus monkey in Tanzania

5 TBA alumni Groups were awarded the TBA small grant to undertake research projects in 2013. Below are updates from the Tanzania TBA Alumni Association as they started data collection for their project: “The Udzungwa Red Colobus (Procolobus badius gordonorum) adaptability to major habitat destruction in Kalunga Forest Reserve, Morogoro, Tanzania”.

Udzungwa red colobus
Udzungwa red colobus

Our project team scheduled the first field work for the dry season (July to October) last year. As our study aims to find out the survival strategies of the Udzungwa Red Colobus monkey (Procolobus badius gordonorum) in both dry and wet seasons, the dry season was targeted first before the onset of the short rains season in December. Continue reading “Studying the Udzungwa Red Colobus monkey in Tanzania”

So what happened at the TAAG Student Conference?

Delegates keenly following proceedings (C) Njoroge Wa Chege

We are back to the TAAG student conference. Fortunately for you, we’ll allocate another post on the now concluded event. I am sure you want to know more about this exciting event that reunited 136 student delegates and participants, among them 56 TBA alumni from 11 countries in the Louis Leakey auditorium at the National Museums of Kenya. Continue reading “So what happened at the TAAG Student Conference?”