In this Issue:

Executive Manager's Message
Diary Dates
Latest News
News from the Field
CLP Alumni: Where Are They Now?
Final Reports
Project Websites


Executive Manager's Message

Happy Holidays! Another year has come and gone, and it has been one full of both excitement and challenges. As 2010 comes to a close, I’d like to share with you some of this year’s program highlights.

  • This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Conservation Leadership Programme and we celebrated with events in Cambridge and at the ICCB meeting in Canada. The CLP continues to go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to another 25 successful years! If you didn’t get a chance to see our latest video, check it out on You Tube.
  • 36 Conservation Awards were granted in 2010 for high-priority conservation projects that are being carried out in 23 countries by a total of 125 individuals thanks to support from the BP Foundation and Save Our Species – a joint initiative by IUCN, the World Bank and GEF.
  • 12 Interns were supported to gain hands-on experience working with one of the four CLP partner organizations.
  • 24 participants were trained at the CLP International Training Course, which was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After 2 weeks of training, participants received tips on how to share what they learned with their team members, and many went back and held short workshops with their teams on project planning, behavior change strategies and media/messaging.
  • 3 short training courses were offered targeting CLP alumni and potential program applicants, including a proposal writing course in Bolivia; a publication writing course in Cambodia; and a biological statistics and strategy design course in Laos. A total of 40 people benefited from these courses and we look forward to tracking their progress as they apply what they have learned.
  • Our deadline for 2011 Conservation Awards was in November, and we are now in the process of reviewing applications – 141 proposals in total – thanks to the help of many experts from within the CLP partner organizations and beyond. We will be announcing awards in April 2011.

  • Last but not least, we’ve had some exciting news from this year’s award winning projects – from the first sighting in 10 years of Beddome's toad in India, to the declaration of the first ‘Diclofenac Free District’ in Nepal -- read on to learn more about current CLP projects and what they have been working on.
  • Wishing you a safe and peaceful holiday season and we will look forward to continued contact with you in the coming year.

    Robyn Dalzen
    Executive Manager


    Quarterly newsletter for the Conservation Leadership Programme - a partnership between BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Please contact, with comments and queries or visit our website.

    Diary Dates

    5 January, 2011 WCS Research Fellowship Program Application Deadline.

    5 February, 2011 Upcoming CLP Alumni Travel Grant deadline. (Special deadline of Jan 10 for anyone attending the SCCS-Cambridge)

    22 – 24 March, 2011 Student Conference on Conservation Science, Cambridge, UK.

    14 - 18 May, 2011 International Marine Conservation Congress, Victoria, BC, Canada.

    28 November – 2 December, 2011International Congress for Conservation Biology, Christchurch, New Zealand. Proposals deadline: January 17, 2010.

    Latest News

    New CLP Donor Makes Big Splash in Nagoya

    Blink And You’ve Misses It - The Sokoke Pipit!

    Vultures Offered Safe Haven in Nepal


    News from the Field

    Team Awards are granted to teams of three or more individuals who are undertaking high-priority conservation projects. The awards are arranged in a tiered system to allow for progression and include the Future Conservationist Award, Conservation Follow-up Award and Conservation Leadership Award.

    Habitat Requirements and Management for Siberian Cranes at Momoge, China (2010)
    The Siberian Crane is ranked as a critically endangered species by the IUCN Red list. Every year, they need to fly thousands of kilometres from their breeding site to wintering sites. The peak number of migratory Siberian Cranes reached 3133 birds at Momoge wetland in the spring season of 2010, which accounts for over 95% of the world population of Siberian Cranes. Now, the Momoge wetland has became the largest stopover site of Siberian Crane in the world.

    Small Carnivore Conservation in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam (2006)
    For the past two months the field team of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP), has been busy surveying for small carnivores and pangolins in the U Minh wetlands, South Vietnam. The team’s most recent survey work has taken them into the unprotected Fishery and Forestry Enterprises. This area of wetland forest, roughly 30,000 hectares in size, lies right between two of Vietnam’s most important protected areas; U Minh Ha National Park in the South and U Minh Thuong National Park in the North, both of which hold important populations of Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) as well as the very rare and endangered hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana).

    Bengal Florican Conservation and Research Initiative in BTAD, India (2008)
    The landscape in and around the exotic Manas National Park is one of the most resourceful. The poverty compels these people to bank heavily on forest resources found in Manas Park for their livelihood which is found detrimental to conservation initiatives in the Park. In order to show the way for an alternative livelihood option not dependent of forest resources, Aaranyak came up with an idea of introducing the concept of food processing and preservation as alternative livelihood especially among the women folk of the area. The basic objective is to promote food processing using fruits and vegetables grown in the area.

    Bat Count Philippines (2003, 2006)
    During the end of the month of October the Buglasan Festival of Festivals was held in the City of Dumaguete and featured once again the Bat Festival. This festival came about with the support of the Bat Count Philippines team and they continue to play a critical role in its development.

    Read more about projects in Asia/Pacific...

    Conservation and Research of Distribution of the Critically Endangered Darevsky's viper (Vipera darevskii) in Armenia (2005, 2007)
    Intensive field surveys have shown that the endemic and critically endangered Darevsky's viper has an extremely limited range of only (250 ha) in subalpine and alpine meadows of Armenia at 2300-3000 m above sea level. In addition to local awareness-raising through a documentary, brochures and booklets, viper conservation measures included the construction of watering sites (troughs) for livestock and the fencing of some habitat patches.

    Survey of 3 Potential Important Bird Areas in Collaboration with Students in Uzbekistan (2010)
    A survey of Akpetky lake system and Sarykamysh Lake was carried out in the northern part of Uzbekistan from 15th October to 3rd November 2010. The main goal of the survey was to collect materials from these little studied territories for IBA description and propose them for IBA nomination.

    Community-based Conservation of Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar Site, Turkey (2008, 2010)
    Two flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) were photographed last week by the science coordinator of KuzeyDoga Society, Emrah Coban at the Ramsar site of Lake Kuyucuk Wildlife Reserve. These birds prefer warm to tropical climates and breed in warm regions of Turkey, so it was a surprise to see them in the winter in Kars, which has a Siberia-influenced weather similar to those of Russia, Montana or even Alaska.

    Conservation of White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in Russian Federation. (2006, 2008, 2010)
    The project team carried out the educational campaign among the local population of two regions of Western Siberia during June-September. The objective of the campaign was to raise the level of understanding of the significance of the conservation of the White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) and places of its habitat.

    Read more about projects in Eurasia...

    Abundance of Mountain Tapir in Puracé National Park, Colombia (2009)
    After many months of surveying in Purace National Park with no pictures of tapirs, the team moved to Cusiyaco lagoon close to Hoyola cab in the south of the protected area, where to date they have recorded 27 pictures of Mountain Tapir and additional fauna such as Tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis), Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) VU, Northern Pudu and White-nosed Coati.

    Project Chicamocha II: Saving the Threatened Dry Forest Biodiversity (2004, 2008)
    In September 2010 Project Chicamocha received recognition for its great job in project monitoring and evaluation methodology by Eco-Index , a database managed by the Rainforest Alliance that includes profiles of over 1000 projects in the Americas.

    Araripe Manakin Conservation Center, Brazil (2004, 2007, 2010)
    Seven members of the Aquasis Bird Conservation Team convened the last week of October, 2010 in the city of Crato, located at the base of the “Chapada do Araripe” in the extreme south of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará, to pursue ongoing efforts to map the distribution of one of the world’s most critically endangered bird species, the Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni). The goal was simple, visit each of the 128 currently known sources of spring water on the slopes of the Araripe Plateau to update and verify GPS coordinates and determine the presence or absence of the species at each locality.

    Participative Research on Biodiversity (R.O.B.IN) in Uruguayan Artisanal Red Shrimp Fishery (2010)
    ROBIN Uruguay is a project which aims to evaluate together with artisanal fishermen the efficiency of a by-catch reduction device implemented in a trawling shrimp-net. A puppet show on artisanal fisheries and conservation of marine biodiversity was presented by Scholars from Barra de Valizas on Friday 10th December, which provided an opportunity to link artisanal fishermen, local community and diversity issues.

    Read more about projects in Latin America...


    CLP Alumni: Where Are They Now?

    Weber Silva was in his early twenties when he went on a field trip to an area of Chapada do Araripe, Ceara, in north east Brazil in 1996. There, he and Professor Galileu Coelha discovered a new species of bird, the Araripe manakin (Antilophia bokermanni) – striking in appearance and with a call to match - it has become an emblem for the conservation of the whole region.

    Fourteen years later, Weber is programme coordinator of a CLP-funded Conservation Leadership project ($50,000) which will consolidate the results achieved during two previous CLP-funded projects and ultimately create a fully protected area in the Araripe region.

    To read more about Weber, click here.


    Final Reports

    These recently concluded projects have had some exciting results. To download a pdf copy of a project report, click on the project title below to visit the relevant project page on the CLP website.

  • Inventory, Distribution & Conservation Action of the Critically Endangered Philippine Forest Turtle, Philippines (2006)
  • Do Protected Areas of India’s Western Ghats Conserve Fish Diversity? (2009)
  • Ecological Assessment of Hispid Hare in Manas National Park, India (2009)
  • PROJECT CHICAMOCHA II: Saving Threatened Dry Forest Biodiversity (2008)


    Project Websites

    Check out project websites for updated news and images from award winning teams in the field:

  • Assessment of Seabird Bycatch, Peru (2003)
  • Bat Census in Crimean Caves, Ukraine (2004)
  • Conservacion Argentina, Argentina (2006)
  • Community-based Conservation of Lake Kuyucuk, Kars, Turkey (2008)
  • Community Centered Conservation (C3), Comoros (2006)
  • Community Forest Buffer, India (2007)
  • CROC, Philippines (2005)
  • Ecology and Conservation of the Chilean Dolphin, Chile (2002)
  • Giant Otter Conservation, Bolivia (2003)
  • Katala Quest, Philippines (2003)
  • Madagasikara Voakajy , Madagascar (2004)
  • Marsh Deer Project, Argentina, (2005)
  • Mpingo Conservation Project, Tanzania (2004)
  • Project Hapalopsittaca, Colombia (2002)
  • Project Karumbé, Uruguay (2001)
  • Seabirds Argentina, Argentina (2007)
  • Soul of the Andes, Argentina (2003)
  • Turtle Conservation & Research Programme, India (2010)