Shining a Light on Capacity-Building Activities in African Countries (AEWA Small Grants Fund)

Bonn, 10 December 2019 - The last 12 months have seen the successful completion of five AEWA-related capacity-building conservation projects in African countries, among them Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Project activities ranged from conducting waterbird counts to training on waterbird monitoring and identification, the establishment of Site Support Groups which guide and promote nature conservation at site level and delivery of awareness-raising events among others. The five projects were the last to be supported in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

The AEWA SGF is currently no longer active as no funding has been allocated for its operation since 2016. AEWA Executive Secretary Jacques Trouvilliez states:

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the AEWA Parties and donor countries for bringing to life the AEWA Small Grants Fund and providing funds to support conservation projects over the past decade. This initiative has demonstrated that small funding can have big impact on the ground. The AEWA SGF has done much to promote conservation activities in African AEWA Parties. Over six project cycles, the Fund was able to support 18 conservation projects in 17 countries in all five sub-regions of Africa”.

Mr Trouvilliez expressed his hope that the fund, while currently dormant, could be reactivated to continue to support small-scale conservation activities in Africa, should funding from committed donors become available. 

Please follow the links below to find out more about the following SGF project activities:

Last updated on 12 December 2019

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