• Third Training Workshop of Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway is about Project Management

    3rd Training Workshop of Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway Project Management Objectives Project Management skills are essential to the effectiveness and increase the impact of the conservation effort. To better equip young people, especially future conservation leaders, the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) organized a series of training workshops, with the 3rd workshop focusing on project management. The two-day workshop will cover principles of the logical framework of project plan and fund-raising, as well as project evaluation and impact measurement. The trainer will lead on exercises and the use of tools. Date: 6th – 7th August, 2022 (Saturday and Sunday) In-depth Workshop – Day 1 “Logical Framework on project plan and Fund-raising” Date and Time: 6th August, 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 KST (2 hours) Quota: 30 people Livestream on EAAFP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eaafp In-depth Workshop – Day 2 “Project Evaluation and Impact Measurement” Date and Time: 7th August, 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 KST (2 hours) Quota: 30 people Registration link: https://forms.gle/AJbpda5XL4389Ps29  Registration Deadline: 1st August 2022 Tool: Zoom Target Audience: Young conservationists, green groups for youth, local and international NGOs staffs, university students Eligibility for In-depth workshop: Aged 18-29 (under 30 on the date of application) Applicants with a nationality from EAA Flyway countries will be given priority to join Applicants to the EAAFP Youth Think Tank Competition will be given priority to join Important notice: We are using Zoom for the webinars and workshop. Please download the Zoom App (https://zoom.us/download) prior to the workshop. Successful applicants to the In-depth workshop will receive a separate email for the Zoom link and workshop rundown. It is a series of four workshops, only those who attend at least two In-depth workshops of the Youth Think Tank Competition Programme will receive a certificate of participation. Programme Trainer Ms. Maaike Manten Trained as a political scientist in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Maaike started working for BirdLife International in the year 2000. Since then she has worked for BirdLife in the UK, Kenya, Fiji and Rwanda, first as the institutional fundraiser for Africa and the Pacific, and later as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) leader for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)’s investment programmes in the Eastern Afromontane and the Mediterranean Basin biodiversity hotspots. Maaike has been working with CLP since 2009, providing project design, proposal writing and fundraising training to young conservationists in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. She is also the co-author of the ‘Institutional Fundraising for Conservation projects’ manual that is available in 5 languages here. She is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda, and working as a freelance fundraiser and trainer. Click [here] to learn more about Maaike. Supporting Organizations Topics of Upcoming Workshops: More information about the Youth Think Tank Competition for the EAA: https://www.eaaflyway.net/thinktankcompetition/ 4th Workshop: Conservation Communication and Story Telling (early September 2022) Playback of the previous workshops, click [here]. ( https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVu-SI5onbMvPfamqQ5i84OpFx2CI6QaC)


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  • Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway – 2nd Training workshop

    On 28th - 29th May, the Youth Think Tank Competition in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) engaged youth participants with a webinar and in-depth training workshop on Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands. One in a series of workshops that aims to build capacity for young conservationists on wetland and migratory waterbirds conservation in the flyway across various disciplines, the 2-day virtual workshop was organized by the EAAF Partnership Secretariat with the help of the youth organizing team. More than 100 youth actively participated in the discussions and workshops.   Day 1 The workshop opened on 28th May 2022 with a webinar, “Understanding Nature-based Solutions and Local Community Engagement in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands.” The 1-hour webinar focused on presentations from speakers, Ms. Kathryn Bimson, Programme Officer for IUCN Regional Asia Office, and Mr. Jiefeng Jin, Conservation Officer for the International Crane Foundation. The first presentation, given by Ms. Kathryn Bimson, was an introductory presentation on Nature-based solutions and was followed by an introductory presentation on Engaging local community in conservation by Mr. Jiefeng Jin. Both presentations helped participants ease their way into the topic and the in-depth training workshop, “Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands” that came afterwards. [PPT Materials] Introduction to Nature-based Solutions (link) / Introduction to Engaging Local Community in Conservation (link) The in-depth workshop was led by Ms. Mercy Kariuki, Programme Officer (Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme) from BirdLife International and focused on “Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands”. She emphasized the significance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the process of conservation and how the work is increasingly adopting a human rights-based approach. To delve further into the topic, the presentation was followed by a case study by Mr. George Ndung’u Muigai, Founder of the Cranes Conservation Volunteers, on the conservation of Cranes in Kenya. During his presentation, Mr. Muigai shared on-the-ground experiences engaging with the community and exchanged practical advice with the youth participants. [PPT Materials] Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands (link) / Conservation of Cranes in Kenya (link) The breakout session, participants discussed the positive and negative relations between conservation and people, so that they could learn to think in different perspectives – from local communities to conservation. The participants shared actual experiences from their respective regions and project implementations.   Day 2 The in-depth workshop continued on 29th May with a short summary presentation from Ms. Mercy Kariuki before delving into a case study from Amy M. Lecciones, Executive Director of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc who tackled Empowering Communities for Managing Agricultural Wetlands. In her presentation, Amy shared the case in Paligui Wetlands (a part of the greater key biodiversity area of Candaba Wetlands) of how local farmers were trained to be local eco-tour guides. Amy enumerated some key activities for community engagement and social challenges with the proposed conservation measures taken in Paligui. (PPT Materials) Following next was a case on Hong Kong Fishpond Conservation Scheme presented by Mr. Johnson Chung of The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society. Mr. Johnson shared how local fishermen helped to enhance the biodiversity of fishponds within the Ramsar Site and being an important player in the conservation project. Johnson shared different ways to motivate the local communities as well as the general public to support the management agreements. The outputs were beyond conserving migratory birds but also benefitted local fishermen while maintaining traditions and cultures in Hong Kong. (PPT Materials) The last case study was presented by Professor Wataru Kitamura of Tokyo City University on the Little Tern project. He shared how the once-disappeared population of Little Tern was brought back to the urban areas in Tokyo Bay area. The project demonstrated the success and need for a strong scientific base, and how it can be developed into a good citizen science programme to engage the locals and general public garner their support. It was also an innovative solution to create habitats for the birds with the use of the rooftops of building in the middle of the city. (PPT Materials) After that, the participants broke out into groups to practice stakeholder analysis of the different case studies that were presented. Youth participants shared their perspectives on identifying stakeholders and ideas on engaging them with participatory conservation objectives.   [Webinar] Understanding Nature-based Solution and Local Community Engagement in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands [In depth Workshop] Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands: Session 1 [In depth Workshop] Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands: Session 2 Takeaways: Participants wrote that most valuable learnings/ takeaways for the workshop was: 1) Free, Prior and Informed Consent, 2) Stakeholder mapping and analysis and 3) Nature-based Solutions.  In the words of the Flyway youth: “What really stayed in my head and in my notes also is the quote "Recognizing diversity and engaging stakeholders helps in building legitimacy, developing innovative solutions, enhancing transparency, and most importantly, in upholding social equity." “It is evident that we are currently experiencing biodiversity loss. Hence, it is a must to take action. However, there are various factors that we need to consider first. For example, the effects of the conservation programs that we want to implement on the local communities and vice versa. As conservationists, we should understand the social contexts. A way for us to plan everything is to create a stakeholder analysis. It is a process for us to be able to map and identify the target people before the project begins.   Acknowledgment The Youth Think Tank Competition for the EAA Flyway Organizing Team acknowledges the great contribution from the speakers and trainers: Mercy Kariuki, George Ndung’u Muigai, Amy M. Lecciones, Johnson Chung, and Wataru Kitamura, as well the youth organizing team: Frances Alvares, Jord Earving Gadingan, Oscar Yu, Thura Soe Min Htike, Yeonju Park, Yuji Lim and Yoomi Sim. The webinar was moderated by Ms. Yoon Kyung Lee, External Relations Manager of the EAAFP Secretariat. The in-depth workshops were co-moderated by Ms. Yuji Lim, Ms. Yeonju Park, Ms. Yoomi Sim from the EAAFP Secretariat and Mr. Thura Soe Min Htike from Myanmar. Ms. Vivian Fu, Communication Officer of the EAAFP Secretariat led the coordination of the workshop. To learn more about the speakers and trainers click here. For more on the Youth Think Tank Competition click here.


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  • Second Training Workshop of Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway is about Local Community Engagement

    2nd training Workshop of Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway - Understanding Nature-based Solutions and local community engagement in conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands During the 1st EAA Flyway Think Tank Competition Workshop last year, we gained insight into the high level of interest that youth participants had in environmental issues, especially wetlands and migratory waterbirds. Many participants showed their eagerness to learn more about conservation and how they can engage in the implementation of local actions to decision-making. To better equip young people, especially future young professionals to take part in the conservation of migratory waterbirds, their habitats, and local communities relying on the wetlands, the EAAFP Secretariat is pleased to organize a 2nd training workshop with a focus on local community engagement. Objectives: To introduce the concept of Nature-based Solutions as a tool that links local community engagement and conservation To enhance knowledge and skills on local community engagement for conservation projects Date: 28th – 29th May, 2022 (Saturday and Sunday) Part 1. Open webinar  “Understanding Nature-based Solutions and local community engagement in conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands” Date and time:28th May, 2022, 1500-1600 KST (1 hour) Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkfuipqDIrHdF_cnd72-FUQOP4ZMRFt8KZ Livestream on EAAFP Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/eaafp Part 2. In-depth workshop “Engaging Local Community in conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands” Date and time:28th & 29th May, 2022, 1700-1900 KST (2 hours/day) Quota: 30 people Registration: :  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebISr3L5X2u0cbNI5Q0LOPzvWX4AcOlwxx00P1BV9a6-_lgw/viewform Deadline of registration: 13th May, 2022 Tool: Zoom Target Audience: Young conservationists, green youth groups., local and international NGOs young staffs, university students Eligibility for In-depth workshop: Aged 18-29(under 30 on the date of application) Applicants with a nationality from EAA Flyway countries will be given priority to join Applicants to the EAAFP Youth Think Tank Competition will be given priority to join Important notice We are using Zoom for the webinars and workshop. Please download the Zoom App (https://zoom.us/download) prior to the workshop. Successful applicants to the In-depth workshop will receive a separate email for the Zoom link and workshop rundown. It is a series of four workshops, only those who attend at least two In-depth workshops of the Youth Think Tank Competition Programme will receive a certificate of participation. Programme   Part 1 Webinar – "Understanding Nature-based Solutions and local community engagement in conservation to migratory waterbirds and wetlands" Keynote speakers   Ms. Kathryn Bimson Programme Officer, Water, Wetlands and Nature-based Solutions for Climate at the IUCN Asia Regional Office. Ms. Kathryn Bimson has been working on wetlands in Southeast Asia for the last nine years, and is currently coordinating the regional implementation of a number of projects related to Nature-based Solutions and wetlands in the Lower Mekong Basin. Ms. Bimson also supports the Secretariat for the Indo-Burma Ramsar Regional Initiative, working closely with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam to strengthen the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the region. Ms. Bimson holds an MSc. in Biology from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, and a BSc. in Biology from Fairfield University, USA. She previously received a National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant to study private sector engagement in coral reef restoration, and spent her first year in Thailand as an English Teaching Assistant with the US Fulbright Program.   Mr. Jiefeng Jin Yangtze Basin Program Manager, China Programme, International Crane Foundation (ICF) Mr. Jiefeng Jin started his conservation career in 2009 and joined ICF in 2014. To conserve the Critically Endangered species Siberian Crane and other three crane species as well as their wetland habitats, he maintains and develops good relationships with various partners, donors and other stakeholders, designs and implements ICF conservation strategies in wintering area of Yangtze River Basin, particularly in Poyang Lake where over 98% of the world population of Siberian Crane together with almost all of the western population of White-naped Crane are wintering. He works closely with national and international research institutes to advise on management actions for protecting cranes and other waterbirds. He is committed to promoting public awareness and engagement, such as recruiting and training volunteers from local communities and colleges to carry out education and outreach for the public. He has a deep interest in working with local communities to safeguard their resource base while restoring landscapes important to cranes. He obtained his second M.S. degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Part 2 In-depth workshop “Engaging Local Community in conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands”   Key Trainer Ms. Mercy Kariuki Programme Officer, BirdLife International Ms. Mercy Kariuki is a Kenyan conservationist with an interest in community conservation work especially in Africa and is a recent graduate of MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. She has worked for BirdLife International (both in Nairobi & currently in Cambridge office) for about 10 years in various capacities & positions. Through the BirdLife Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme, Mercy has worked with BirdLife Partners supporting community-led conservation initiatives, developing community conservation projects/proposals, managing projects, meeting local communities to conduct capacity assessments among other activities that involve community engagement. Mercy enjoys outdoor activities such as birdwatching, hiking and mountain climbing. Case Study Speakers for In-depth Workshop Mr. George Ndung’u Muigai Founder, Cranes Conservation Volunteers Prof. Wataru Kitamura Associate Professor, Department of Restoration Ecology and Built Environment, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Tokyo City University Ms. Amy Lecciones Executive Director, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. Mr. Johnson Chung Project Manager, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society     Supporting organizations: Topics of upcoming workshops: 3rd workshop: Project management, evaluation and impact assessment, and fund-raising (6-7, August, 2022) 4th workshop: Communication (story-telling and scientific communication) and project evaluation, impact measurement (September, 2022) More information about the Youth Think Tank Competition for the EAA:https://www.eaaflyway.net/thinktankcompetition/ Playback of the workshop: https://www.eaaflyway.net/2022/06/10/eaaf-youth-think-tank-2nd-workshop/  


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  • Young people in Asia take actions to conserve wetlands and migratory waterbirds

     Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway Top 5 finalists announced On 23rd December, 2021, we announced the results of the…


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