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James Williams

Capacity Building in the Solomon Islands to Enhance Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation (Year II)

To build upon the achievements of 2015, solidifying efforts to protect the critically endangered western pacific leatherback and expand community education, focusing skills and reaffirming linkages.

Rodet Rodriguez Silva

Education of Local Communities Applying a Pilot Program Aimed to the Conservation of Vulnerable Freshwater Fish Species in Cienaga De Zapata National Park, Cuba

The goals of this project are to educate local communities for catching and breeding foreign fish species for their diet instead fishing vulnerable endemic species and to link local team members in a pilot program aimed to save threatened fish species in Cienaga de Zapata National Park.

Samjhana Kawan

Empowering Local Women and Youth for Long Term Conservation of Globally Threatened Lesser Adjutant in Lumbini IBA, Western Nepal

This project aims to empower local women and youth for long term conservation of Globally Threatened Lesser Adjutant in Lumbini IBA, Western Nepal, through continuous ecological monitoring, capacity building trainings and awareness rising activities to mitigate their major anthropogenic threats in collaboration with local government and conservation agencies.

Prakash Bhattarai

Community Participation for Conservation of Threatened Orchid Dactylorhiza hatagirea in Jumla District

We aim to identify the population status and threats to target species for possible conservation measures. We will raise awareness, strengthen capacity in order to conserve Dactylorhiza hatagirea.

Alfred Houngnon

Propagation of Native Trees by Local Communities to Provide Food for Primates in the Forests of Ketou: A New Challenge for Habitat Restoration in Benin Republic

In Ketou District, primate populations are threatened with extinction as a result of deforestation and the reduction of their natural habitat. The current project, designed in consultation with forty local-leaders, will explore the native trees used for food by Ketou's primates and carry out replanting using appropriate techniques.

Roshan Kumar Thakur

Geospatial Modeling of Walk Trails of Asian Elephant as a Tool for Mitigating Human Elephant Conflicts in Central Nepal

A major obstacle in strategies for Asian elephant’s conservation is a lack of communication between policy makers, conservationists and farmers; making steps between planning and action inefficient; which hinders future success of conservation strategies that reduce human-elephant conflicts. Here I aim to improve the situation in close dialogue with farmers, forest officers, conservationists, and together assess the habitat use of elephants as a tool for mitigating human-elephant conflicts. To achieve that goal I will (1) investigate elephant walk trails in central Nepal, (2) make predictions of potentially suitable elephant’s habitat and (3) communicate this information to different forest user groups.

Esteban A. Guevara

A Participative Approach to Study the Effects of Human-Induced Disturbance on Plant – Bird Interactions in the Tropical Andes

Understand how functional traits of birds and plants, related to pollination, vary across a disturbance gradient and develop a participative monitoring protocol to document those changes

Leki

The Population Structure, Distribution, and Habitat Use of Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in Central Part of Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan

This proposed study intends to estimate the abundance and population structure of blue sheep, and determine the habitat utilization pattern of blue sheep in the study area.

Amy Chamberlain

Human Elephant Conflict Bordering the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Park: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Crop Raiding Management Strategies

The aim of this project is to produce a cost-benefit model of several crop-raiding management strategies, to enable targeting of the most economically viable strategy on a farm-specific basis; if a farmer can afford to maintain a strategy, it is more likely to be successful in the long-term.

Stacy Lindshield

Assessment of Mercury Contamination in the Drinking Water Supply of Senegal’s Endangered Chimpanzee Population

Although artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is considered by many to improve the livelihoods of Senegalese people, its environmental impacts could be harmful to the health of endangered, western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) and their habitat. For this reason, we are testing for mercury pollution, a common consequence of ASGM, in essential drinking water sources for chimpanzees living in the vicinity of artisanal gold mines.