AHEAD Update – January 28, 2004
Dear AHEAD colleagues -
I hope 2004 is treating you well so far.
* I should again note that if you wish to be removed from this e-mail
list, please just let me know. My hope is to keep AHEAD Invitees
up-to-date on developments post-Durban over time, but I certainly understand
if anyone wants to opt out of receiving such messages.
*Funding opportunity (EU)- As I mentioned last
update, I am thrilled that many of you were able to learn more
about The Wellcome Trust with us in Durban, and to follow-up
with proposals (see below). I recently came across an EU
funding opportunity that may be relevant to some of
your efforts. The proposal process is somewhat involved, and the
deadline is March 9th. See http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/tender/data/AOF44362.htm and
related weblinks. Hope it helps!
*Another Funding opportunity (Darwin Initiative)- The
Darwin Initiative seeks to help safeguard the world's biodiversity
by drawing on UK biodiversity expertise to work with local partners
in countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial
resources. Since it's launch at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio,
the programme has already committed over £30 million to
more than 300 biodiversity projects in nearly 100 countries.
A new phase of the Darwin Initiative was announced at the World
Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. Phase
II of the Initiative introduced three new schemes (Darwin Scholarships,
Pre-project funding and Post-project funding) and an increase
of £7 million in funding over three years. The Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is now inviting
applications from British institutions and organisations for
Pre-Project and Scholarship funding under Phase II of the Darwin
Initiative to commence from April 2004. ECTF are managing the
application process on Defra's behalf. The guidance notes for
applicants and application forms are available on the Darwin
website at http://www.darwin.gov.uk.
If you have difficulty accessing the information and forms please
contact ECTF. The documents are also available in large print
on request. Tb Please send the completed form
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org -
ensuring that the proposed project title/scholar's name is in
the subject line of the email. Defra expects to announce the
successful applicants towards the end of May 2004. Further information
on the Darwin Initiative, including lists of projects funded
in previous rounds, can be found on our web site at www.darwin.gov.uk.
There are also five published reports which are available from
the Defra Secretariat (email@example.com).
*AHEAD website continues to develop- When you
have a moment, please check-out the biosketches and abstracts/presentations
portions of the AHEAD website (click on "World
Parks Congress Animal Health Forum") at www.fieldvet.org.
The site is coming along nicely, and we eventually hope to have
additional (jpg) versions of the presentations that are viewable
online, without having to download pdf's (which I realize can
be slow depending on one's web access). We did not post the presentations
as Powerpoint files as we didn't think you'd want them quite
that accessible. (Site visitors can contact authors directly
to request specific Powerpoint Presentations, giving you discretion
on those requests.) Please note that if you have a digital
photo of yourself that you'd prefer instead of what's posted, please
send it our way. If any of you still want to send in a missing
biosketch or abstract, we'd happily accept them. We are planning
to add video and audio clips from Durban over the next several
months, which should make for a very interactive and informative
*The editing process for the AHEAD Proceedings is going
a bit slower than we'd hoped. For those of you still working
on your papers (first drafts or revisions), I am now shooting for February
15th to have everything in. I will be working with a professional
copy editor, but I need to have most of the materials in-hand to move
to that next step. My original goal of having the Proceedings published
within a year of our meeting may not be possible if folks don't get their
materials in. I of course know how busy everyone is- please do your best.
Several papers are still undergoing peer review, so if you have not heard
back from me on your submission, that is likely the reason. Thanks.
UPDATES ON PROJECT IDEAS DISCUSSED IN DURBAN:
*A third meeting of the AHEAD Great Limpopo TFCA Working Group is
scheduled for February 25th in Pretoria- at Onderstepoort. If you are
interested in participating and/or reviewing the discussion draft and
have not received an invitation, please just let me know. A WCS AHEAD seed
grant is helping with this program development process.
* Update from Richard Kock related to East African project
ideas discussed at the AHEAD WPC forum:
"We have a succesful PDFA from GEF on our Ewaso Nyiro Basin [Kenya]
widllife-livestock initiative out of IBAR.... Over the next few months
we will be consolidating the proposal for the 1-2 million dollar project
(PDFB) under UNEP GEF."
*A integrated health pre-proposal for the Sengwe Corridor (between
South Africa's Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe's Gonarhezou National
Park) has been submitted by our Zimbabwean colleagues to The Wellcome
*I believe pre-proposals on the domestic animal-wildlife interface
in Tanzania and on FMD topotype issues in Southern
Africa as well as on livestock TB across Africa have
also been submitted to Wellcome by AHEAD invitees. Great!
*Gladys Zikusoka, along with Titus Mlengeya and Innocent Rwego, report
that the AHEAD Great Apes Working Group is developing
a suite of regional proposals entitled "Occupational Health Program
for People Working with Great Apes in East Africa."
Several donors may eventually receive parts of this package for consideration
when it is completed. AHEAD seed funding has been offered
to help with further development of the proposal products for this international
endeavor, with details to be worked out shortly.
*Colleagues in WWF-SARPO are exploring funding opportunities evaluating
new land-use models for the Zimbabwean lowveld, as discussed
*Dale Lewis is expanding the "poacher transformation"
program in Zambia via ongoing improvements in extension
services, domestic animal husbandry and market access, as discussed in
Durban. An AHEAD seed grant for this has been awarded.
The above represent just some of the actions we are
aware of that appear to have come about, at least in part, from our discussions
at the World Parks Congress. If there are others, please let me know! All
of these developments are helping to show our sponsors that we are meeting
our objective of making the September AHEAD launch "more
than just a meeting."
Thanks very much,