AHEAD Update – September 2006
Dear AHEAD Colleagues:
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Birthday AHEAD!!! It
was 3 years ago this month that AHEAD was launched
at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa. Thanks
to all of you who have contributed to the ongoing evolution and growth
of AHEAD from a pioneering interdisciplinary concept
into an exciting cross-sectoral program!
*The Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS), University of
Zimbabwe is pleased to announce that they have been granted funds by
IDRC (Canada's International Development Research Centre) totaling
US$ 543,716 for a five year project entitled "Local level scenario
planning, iterative assessment and adaptive management." The
project will be implemented by CASS in collaboration
with the Institute for Natural Resources (INR), University
of KwaZulu Natal, in rural communities in Zimbabwe, South Africa and
Mozambique living within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation
Area (GLTFCA). The project aims to enhance the collective
ability of these communities to devise, implement and adapt their natural
resource management regimes so as to maximize the conservation and
livelihood benefits they obtain from those resources and their location
in the GLTFCA through the use of scenario planning and the resulting
social learning, self-assessment and adaptive management. The
project is a module under the AHEAD GLTFCA Programme's Theme #4: “Human
livelihoods, animal and ecosystem health." The scenario planning
project is expected to improve the understanding of GLTFCA planners
of the needs and aspirations of resident populations and enhance local
influence in overall planning and implementation. The first year of
the project will consist of planning modalities, fostering collaboration
with other potential partners, and confirming pilot sites in the three
countries. Project concept meetings are planned for later in the year,
and CASS looks forward to the participation of all
interested stakeholders. Congratulations to Jeanette Manjengwa, Marshall
Murphree, and the CASS team on this tremendous success!
*Scenario Planning technical process underway in AHEAD
GLTFCA program: The use of scenario planning as a tool
to assist in visualizing and preparing for the management of
complex systems has been recognized for some time and is becoming
increasingly popular in a wide range of fields. With support
from the Sand County Foundation, USAID and WCS,
the first phase of scenario planning within the GLTFCA has begun
under Mike Murphree's leadership. This process will continue
at a technical level under the AHEAD umbrella,
and will be complemented by the community-level scenario planning
project being led by CASS (University of Zimbabwe)
and funded by IDRC (Canada) as summarized above.
At this stage, the approach is still quite experimental. The
demand-driven process has now had inception discussions in all
three GLTFCA countries:
Zimbabwe: Through the South East Lowveld Collaborative Research
(SELCORE) programme, and related to the proposed
establishment of the multi-stakeholder South East Lowveld Wildlife Association
(SELWA), scenario planning was identified as
an important undertaking that would be useful in guiding the
development of the Association. This desire was expressed at
a recent SELCORE meeting held at Malilangwe
Mozambique: The TFCA programme within
the National Directorate of the Areas of Conservation (DNAC),
Ministry of Tourism, has also expressed a keen interest in initiating
a scenario planning process within the GLTFCA.
South Africa: The institutional framework
in South Africa is provided by South African National Parks (SANParks).
The first part of a scenario planning exercise was conducted
in Skukuza in August ‘06. This process was a valuable learning
experience and built nicely upon discussions that had occurred
in previous AHEAD GLTFCA Working Group meetings.
By the end of the process, the group had identified their key
questions and the critical system drivers, trying to delineate
both the predictable and unpredictable. The next phase will be
to develop the scenarios themselves, and this process is ongoing.
1. In South Africa a second session is being planned, possibly
for November ‘06. In the interim, Mike Murphree will take the current
data and set it up for scenario creation. In Mozambique, Mike
Murphree will work with Drs. Soto and Madope on initiating the formal
process. In Zimbabwe, the process will be guided by the establishment
of the SELWA, and Mike Murphree has agreed to assist
in facilitating this scenario planning process.
For those who have not been able to participate, would like to participate
or would like further information, please feel free to contact Mike Murphree
* New collaborative initiative brings AHEAD and the WCS
GAINS (Global Avian Influenza Network for Surveillance) program
together: The Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, in
partnership with the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute and WCS,
is in final discussions about leading implementation of the southern
African component of the USAID-funded GAINS initiative.
The goal will be to undertake a regional study of the distributions
and movements of ducks and the prevalence of avian influenza
viruses in wild duck populations in five sites spread across
South Africa (Strandfontein in the Cape, and Barberspan in Northern
Province), Mozambique (still under evaluation; potentially Gorongosa),
Botswana (Makgadikgadi Pans and Lake Ngami), and Zimbabwe (Lake
Chivero and other lakes near Harare). The primary aims of the
project will be twofold: first, to document the prevalence of
influenza viruses (i.e., including but not limited to H5 strains)
in wild duck populations in southern Africa; and second, to obtain
a better understanding of the regional movement patterns of wild
water birds. Samples for influenza testing will be collected
from ducks at each site. These data will be supplemented by standardized
duck counts, measures of water quality and quantity, and a range
of other satellite image-derived measures of habitat type and
quality. Ducks of two species, red-billed teal and Egyptian geese
(which are ducks, despite their common name), will be tracked
using GPS telemetry. The results of the study will contribute
to a regional and global understanding of the potential role
of wild birds in the epidemiology of avian influenzas, as well
as shedding light on patterns of duck movements through the year
and the causes of nomadism in duck populations in semi-arid areas. The
first year of USAID support for this southern Africa GAINS module
is likely to total $229,000 – with additional
support coming from the participating collaborators. For more
information on the Global Avian Influenza Network for
Surveillance, see www.gains.org . For more information
on the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology,
*The next full AHEAD Great Limpopo TFCA Working Group meeting
will likely be held in early '07, instead of late '06 due to scheduling
challenges. Stay tuned for further information in future AHEAD Updates.
*New SANParks Policy Integrator (Human Livelihoods, Animal
and Systems Health Linkages in TFCAs) hired! As per
the job search announced in the previous AHEAD Update,
we are truly excited to announce that SANParks has filled this
critical position. Nichola (Nicky) Shongwe completed her medical
degree at the University of Cape Town and has a post-graduate
Diploma in Child Health. After practicing as a physician full-time
for several years, she decided to diversify and explore other
areas which included business management and brand management
studies, as well as visual arts. Other pursuits have included
lecturing on creative development at an advertising school in
Johannesburg, and working in television. Nicky now joins SANParks with
the title Manager: Conservation and Human Livelihoods, where
she will be working primarily on the AHEAD program.
*Several organizations have recently been added to the LINKs section
of the AHEAD website at http://www.wcs-ahead.org/links.html.
We are pleased to now have links in place to the SADC Biodiversity
Support Program, the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, the Percy FitzPatrick
Institute of African Ornithology / University of Cape Town, WWF-SARPO, and
the Rungwa-Ruaha Living Landscapes Conservation Program – all
very important collaborating institutions / programs.
*New Post-Doctoral Fellowships available for 2007-2008:
World Wildlife Fund is announcing the opening of its
2007-2008 Kathryn Fuller Fellowship competition. Two post-doctoral
fellowships will be awarded for a two year period to individuals
with outstanding research proposals that are of fundamental and
immediate importance to global biodiversity conservation. Fuller
Fellows can be based at any institution and will be co-advised
by one academic and one WWF mentor. Fellows are provided
a stipend of $50,000 per year, as well as a $15,000 annual research
allowance. Applicants should have received a doctorate
degree between January 2002 and January 2007. The deadline for
applications is November 15, 2006. Offers will be made in the
spring of 2007, with fellowships to begin in the fall of 2007.
For more information, application guidelines, and on-line application
forms, please visit www.worldwildlife.org/sfn,
or contact WWF-US at 1-202-778-9742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, the application deadline is November 15, 2006.
*UNDP Small Grants for local NGOs: UNDP supports
a range of projects with civil society organizations (CSOs) and
indigenous people’s organizations under the category of
small grants programs. The Global Environment Facility Small
Grants Programme (SGP/GEF) and the Local Initiative Facility
for Urban Environment (LIFE) are examples of such programs aimed
at promoting consensus-building and participatory decision-making
processes. They are designed and implemented in a decentralized
manner. The grant amounts tend to range from $5,000 to $100,000
depending on the proposal. Applications are received in rolling
basis. For further information about how to apply for this grant,
please contact the SGP office in your country or use this contact
email: email@example.com Web
*Community Radio Manual available from Open
Society Foundation for South Africa. Published in 1999, the Community
Radio Manual is a learning and training text which includes sections
on community participation in radio development, a history of
community radio, the legal and regulatory environment, development
of mission statements and drama production. The manual is written
for community radio personnel who speak English as a second language.
Available at http://www.comminit.com/africa/materials/ma2003/materials-1631.html
[Source: Institute for Health and Development Communication, Soul Beat
Africa: Communication for Change, August 2006]
*Regional TFCAs in the news –
New Transfrontier Park Key for Regional Eco-Tourism
Mail & Guardian Online – Johannesburg, South
Africa- 16 August 2006
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier National Park, which
links three countries, is a unique opportunity for Southern African eco-tourism
and cooperation, said President Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday at the opening
of the park's border post. "Today, our wild animals -- the elephants,
rhino, antelope and many others -- are once again beginning to roam freely
within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier National Park," said Mbeki. "They
teach us valuable lessons. And we, the people, now have another possibility
to reach out and join hands in partnership, co-operation and interdependence."
Mbeki was speaking at the opening of the Giriyondo border post at the
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park....
The border post was opened by Mbeki, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza
and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Mbeki called Giriyondo
"just the beginning of a new era when we will bring down the colonial
fences, which divided our nations over several centuries."
breaking_news/breaking_news__national/ for the rest of the story.
New Game Park to Straddle SA, Zim and Botswana
Mail & Guardian Online – Johannesburg, South Africa
- 22 June 2006
Richard Davies | Shashe River, Botswana
A pact for a new transfrontier game park straddling the borders between
Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe was signed on Thursday. The environment
ministers of the three countries endorsed the agreement in Botswana on
the dry bed of the Shashe River. Once proclaimed, the Limpopo-Shashe
Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) will cover 4 872 square
kilometres, almost a quarter the size of the Kruger National Park.
breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/ for the rest of the story.
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All the best,