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Marta Pesquero Henche

Ostional Leatherback and Pacific Green Sea Turtles Conservation Project

To improve the knowledge of the biology and ecology of the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and Pacific green (Chelonia mydas agassizii) sea turtles and implement guidelines for better conservation actions.

Campbell Plowden

Sustainable Harvest and Marketing of Non-Timber Forest Products (Ntpfs) with Indigenous Communities in the Northern Peruvian Amazon (Peru)

Promote the sustainable harvest and marketing of non-timber forest products (NTPFs) including innovative handicrafts and fragrant essential oils with indigenous communities in the northern Peruvian Amazon (Peru).

Hendrik Freitag

Indigenous Forest Rehabilitation for Biodiversity Conservation and Promotion of Sustainable Income for the Rural Communities in Roxas, Mindoro

This RSG project aims to educate and to sensitize local communities, policy-makers, and students in regard to forest conservation and sustainable management. An important step will be training in “Rainforestation Farming”, the establishment of a nursery and reforestation with native tree species.

Laurent Gbenato Houessou

Implementing Effective Low-Cost Strategies and Environmental Education to Mitigate the Human-Elephant Conflict around “W” Biosphere Reserve in Benin

This project aims to assess the effectiveness of chilli pepper and beehive fence as deterrent methods from croplands on elephant populations in Benin and to raise local populations’ awareness for elephant conservation through environmental education.

Daniel Santos

Improving the Socio-Ecological System of Salina Do Porto Inglês, Cape Verde for the Benefit of Wildlife and Local Community

In 2013, the Salina do Porto Inglês in Maio Island was designated as a Ramsar Wetland Convention site and a protected landscape. The habitat is critical for breeding birds and provides nesting for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. More than 70 local women collect salt and rely on the Salina for their livelihoods. Overgrazing, trampling and faecal pollution by livestock threaten the livelihoods of women and disturb wildlife. The aim of this project is to reduce impacts caused by the unregulated grazing in the Salina to support local livelihoods and improve state of fragile wetland biodiversity.

Maria Teresa Ruiz-Vallejo

An Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Proposal for the Bahia de los Angeles, Canales de Ballenas y de Salsipuedes, Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico

Develop an interdisciplinary and participatory proposal to identify the ecological and socio-cultural elements required to implement an EBM approach in the study area.

Kathryn Scobie

The Sleeping Site Ecology and Habitat Use of the Southern Woolly Lemur (Avahi meridionalis) and the Lesser Southern Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur meridionalis): Effects of Habitat Disturbance and Implications for Conservation

Primary aim is to learn more about the ecology of the endangered Southern Woolly lemur, and assess the impact of deforestation on this species and on the lesser southern bamboo lemur.

Priya Iyer

Effect of Livestock Grazing on the Health and Social Systems of Blue Sheep and Ibex

This project seeks to document the extent to which the health of blue sheep and ibex populations is affected by competition and coexistence with livestock. We also attempt to understand their mating systems and age structured reproductive success.

Amar Kunwar

Habitat Assessment, Conflict Evaluation and Conservation Awareness of Blackbuck Antelope cervicapra cervicapra in Blackbuck Conservation Area, Bardia, Nepal

Habitat suitability Assessment, Blackbuck-human conflict evaluation and local community participation for conservation of Blackbuck in Blackbuck Conservation Area, Bardia, Nepal.

Kylie Butler

Behaviour And Social Dynamics of Crop Raiding in Asian Elephants: Does Social Learning Influence Behaviour around Beehive Fence Protected Farms?

We aim to investigate the effectiveness of beehive fencing to deter Asian elephants from crop raiding on small scale farms, and the potential influences of sociality on crop-raiding behaviour.