Project Summaries by Program: 2012

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Wildlife Without Borders - Amphibians In Decline Program


In 2012, the USFWS awarded five new grants from the Amphibians In Decline Fund totaling $121,093.00, which was matched by $263,840.00 in leveraged funds.  Field projects in five countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported.

BRAZIL

The role of the North American bullfrog in spreading chytridiomycosis across endangered frog populations in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil.

                      
AD-0137 University of Michigan
Grant# F12AP00997  
FWS: $25,985 Leveraged funds: $8,435
Location: Atlantic Forest of Brazil, Brazil
                                                    

This project will support efforts to conserve multiple amphibian species in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, by determining the prevalence of chytrid fungus infection among six endangered frog species in relation to the abundance of the non-native American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus). Specific activities include: (1) field surveys at five Atlantic Forest sites to determine the abundance of American bullfrogs; (2) field surveys of chytrid fungus prevalence among focal endangered species; (3) DNA sequence analysis of the chytrid fungus detected at the survey sites to determine the relative distribution and frequency of different chytrid genotypes; and (4) outreach to government personnel and other key stakeholders to inform them of the presence of chytrid fungus in the Atlantic forest, the association between chytrid, bullfrog farms, and escaped bullfrogs, and to discuss mitigation measures.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Identifying disease risk in threatened amphibians in the Itombwe and Misotshi-Kabogo massifs, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

AD-0135 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Grant# F12AP01162  
FWS: $26,000 Leveraged funds: $70,508
Location: Itombwe and Misotshi-Kabogo massifs, Democratic Republic of Congo
                                                                                                                                           

This project will support efforts to conserve multiple amphibian species in the Itombwe and Misotshi-Kabogo sites, both highly threatened at the moment,  of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by determining the prevalence of amphibian diseases in the field and in specimens collected in the past. Specific activities include: field surveys of chytrid fungus and ranavirus at twelve sites in Itombwe and Misotshi-Kabogo, including an anticipated 250 individual frogs; managing laboratory tests of skin and tissue samples at the WCS molecular lab in New York, or the WCS Mobile Molecular Laboratory in DRC; managing laboratory tests of archived amphibian specimens for chytrid fungus through histological (tissue) analysis to establish a baseline for disease monitoring; and create a map and model of disease distribution in relation to habitat and ecology in the broader Albertine Rift region.

GHANA

Conservation of the Critically Endangered Togo slippery frog (Conraua derooi) in Ghana.

AD-0121 Herp Conservation-Ghana
Grant# F12AP01179  
FWS: $24,392 Leveraged funds: $19,627
Location: Ghana
                              

This project will support efforts to conserve the Togo slippery frog (Conraua derooi) in the Atewa Hills and other sites in eastern Ghana, by raising conservation awareness among key stakeholders and restoring degraded forest habitats. Specific activities include: outreach to religious leaders and audiences to build support for species conservation; building support for the formal protection of the Atewa Hills as a national park with outreach to traditional authorities and statesmen, followed by an outreach to schools to reduce hunting pressure by children; continued restoration of 49 acres of degraded forest along the Ghana-Togo border; establishing community-based volunteer groups to raise awareness of the species’ status and to report sightings and illegal activities; and training government wildlife and forestry personnel on amphibian identification and conservation.

LAOS

Conservation of the enigmatic and highly threatened Lao newt (Laotriton laoensis).

AD-0136 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00951  
FWS: $23,896 Leveraged funds: $22,575
Location: Northern Laos

                                             

This project will support efforts to conserve Lao newt (Laotriton laoensis) in northern Laos, by conducting field surveys in areas outside the species’ known distribution and by working with local communities and key stakeholders to reduce unsustainable harvest. Specific activities include: increasing training of field assistants from the National University of Laos’s Faculty and Science Department on survey technique; performing field surveys in the southern part of the Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area and the Kham District along the Vietnam border to determine if the species occurs within a protected area and outside its known distribution; and a public outreach campaign to local communities to inform villagers of the species’ status and legal protection and to reduce harvesting for the illegal international pet trade.

NICARAGUA

Population assessment and survey of chytrid infection in a newly-discovered population of endangered robber frog (Craugastor laevissimus) and sympatric amphibians of southwestern Nicaragua.

AD-0132 Paso Pacífico
Grant# F12AP01176  
FWS: $20,820 Leveraged funds: $142,695
Location: Southwestern Nicaragua
                     

This project will support efforts to conserve a robber frog (Craugastor laevissimus) in southwestern Nicaragua, by identifying key watersheds for amphibian conservation, increasing protection of key habitat, and reducing transmission of chytrid fungus between watersheds. Specific activities include: conducting doing field surveys of amphibians, water quality, and the presence of the chytrid fungus in the southeastern part of the Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor; managing fundraising to purchase 121 acres of species habitat in the Sierra Serena; patrols along key watersheds to discourage foot traffic between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and to reduce disturbance associated with shrimp harvests; and establishing an outreach program to schools to raise awareness of amphibian conservation and to encourage reporting of amphibian deaths.

Wildlife Without Borders - Africa


In 2012, the USFWS awarded seven new grants from the Wildlife Without Borders – Africa totaling $2,992,420.00, which was matched by $3,044,139.00 in leveraged funds. Field projects in two countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported.

Improving Management of the Bas-Ogooué Ramsar Site as Contribution to the Development of National Conservation Strategies for Hippos and Manatees.

AFR-0143 World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00553  
FWS: $299,160 Leveraged funds: $134,352
Location: Northeast Gabon
                     

This project helps to address the information and forest training needs of Gabonese Wildlife Authorities. It facilitates improved wildlife security efforts in one of the last strongholds of forest elephants in Central Africa (Minkebe National Park and periphery). Activities include improving the technical and forest skills of ecoguards for anti-poaching, providing an assessment of poaching threats, and preparing for a comprehensive assessment of the wildlife population in Minkebe National Park.

Reducing the impact of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in and around Protected Areas in Gabon.

AFR-0145 World Wildlife Fund
Grant# F12AP00522  
FWS: $178,586 Leveraged funds: $80,023
Location: Gabon
                     

This project will assist the Government of Gabon by conducting a rapid assessment of artisanal and small-scale mining in and around protected areas in order to inform policy development and stakeholder coordination with government agencies, and to develop a typology of key threats to biodiversity posed by Artisanal Small-scale Mining.

Proposal for the implementation of a law enforcement monitoring system within the Department of Wildlife and Protected areas (DGFAP) in Gabon.

AFR-0147 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00219  
FWS: $249,887 Leveraged funds: $103,680
Location: Gabon
                     

This project builds capacity within DGFAP to improve their effectiveness by implementing a Law Enforcement Monitoring (LEM) system. Activities include training on data collection methods and data management using Management Information SysTem (MIST), and providing equipment for the LEM system and supporting on site mentoring. It will result in a standardized data management and reporting system of anti-poaching missions within the 14 DGFAP managed sites, which will serve as the start of a nationwide implementation program.

Promoting wildlife conservation in the lake region of Lambaréné Gabon through the development of a model ecotourism site and bushmeat outreach program.

AFR-0149 Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO)
Grant# F12AP00407  
FWS: $39,940 Leveraged funds: $24,925
Location: Gabon
                     

This project will establish a model community-run small-scale ecotourism site to create an alternative income source to bushmeat hunting and to provide environmental education activities.

Parks Gabon: Reinforcing the Institutional Capacity of Gabon's National Parks Service.

AFR-0155 Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN) with World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AC00474  
FWS: $1,994,885 Leveraged funds: $2,441,050
Location: Gabon
                     

This project helps to conserve Gabon’s wildlife heritage by transforming ANPN into a premier African parks agency. Specific activities respond to immediate wildlife threats, including poaching and the impacts of extractive industries in national parks and their surrounding buffer zones. It builds long-term institutional capacity to improve national park and buffer zone management.

TANZANIA

My Wildlife-My Community: Using Entertainment-Education to Protect Wildlife and Reduce Bushmeat Exploitation: Building a Constituency in Tanzania.

AFR-0156 College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, Tanzania, PCI Media Impact, Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network, and Radio Kili FM
Grant# F12AP01113  
FWS: $29,926 Leveraged funds: $44,609
Location: Tanzania
                     

This project uses entertainment education to increase wildlife appreciation and reduce the illegal and unsustainable, commercial bushmeat trade by individuals and communities in the Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Arusha, and Manyara regions of Tanzania. A coalition by the College of African Wildlife Management, PCI Media Impact, the Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN) and Radio Kili FM will work together to design and pilot local radio dramas and assess their impact on conservation efforts in the region.

Wildlife Without Borders - African Elephant Conservation Fund


In 2012, USFWS awarded 20 new grants for African elephant conservation, totaling $1,397,916 which raised an additional $1,606,004 in leveraged funds. Field projects in 13 countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported.

CAMEROON

Human-Elephant coexistence, Waza National Park, Cameroon.

AFE-0816 Des Elephants et Des Hommes
Grant# F12AP01172  
FWS: $48,000 Leveraged funds: $8,000
Location: Waza National Park, northern Cameroon
                     

This project aims to protect elephants in and around Waza National Park by conducting environmental education focused on elephant conservation with local communities, sponsoring a local student to conduct a spatial survey of conflict between local farmers and elephants, and providing training and essential supplies to the national park guards.

Wildlife Wood Project: conserving elephants in the production forests of southeast Cameroon.

AFE-0795 Zoological Society of London
Grant# F12AP01147  
FWS: $62,879 Leveraged funds: $156,482
Location: Southeast Cameroon
                     

This project aims to monitor and safeguard elephants and other wildlife by working with communities and forestry companies in logging concessions in southeast Cameroon. Specific activities will include 1) liaison with logging companies and agencies overseeing sustainable timber certification to identify and protect important elephant areas 2) conduct assessments using recce surveys and a network of camera traps to assess elephant distribution and threats, 3) to identify the current obstacles to effective enforcement and to provide logistical support to improve response time to any detected poaching, and to prevent trafficking of illegal wildlife products, and 4) to raise awareness (and evaluate the effectiveness of said campaign) among forest communities.

Protecting the elephants and wildlife of Mbam Djerem National Park, Cameroon through the provision of surveillance transport.

AFE-0811 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01140  
FWS: $48,576 Leveraged funds: $58,475
Location: Mbam Djerem National Park, Cameroon
                     

Funding will support anti-poaching operations in and around Mbam Djerem National Park in the high biodiversity forest-savannah transition zone in central Cameroon. Activities will include the purchase of a dedicated vehicle for antipoaching support to move ecoguards between patrols and the headquarters and to deliver supplies to the outposts across the park. Patrols will be conducted in the park and periphery, plus joint patrols with armed personnel from other agencies once every 6-8 weeks. Wildlife data and threats recorded by patrols will be mapped and analyzed in a spatially explicit database system.

CHINA

Reducing demand for elephant ivory in China.

AFE-0803 Wild Aid, Inc.
Grant# F12AP01195  
FWS: $51,865 Leveraged funds: $58,348
Location: China
                     

Since China is implicated as the largest destination for illegal ivory, this project will support a multimedia outreach campaign to educate Chinese consumers about the impact of the illegal ivory trade on African elephants. Activities will include: (1) producing a public service announcement featuring a popular Chinese actress; (2) producing a new informative video for web and television; (3) distribution of new and existing outreach materials through social networking, television, and in print; (4) producing print materials to distribute to Chinese travelers in Africa; (5) a campaign to discourage purchase of ivory; and (6) the production of a documentary film to be shown on flights within China.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Protecting the largest known population of forest elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AFE-0780 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01144  
FWS: $92,678 Leveraged funds: $83,914
Location: Okapi Faunal Reserve, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

This grant will assist in the strengthening and rebuilding of the Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), the national wildlife agency, in and around the Okapi Faunal Reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Specific activities will include 1) Conducting targeted patrols in response to threats in and around the OFR, 2) Conduct mobile patrols along the main road, 3) Provide equipment and provisions to ecoguard teams for mobile and overnight missions, 4) Initiate dialogue with the Congolese military based at Bafwasende and Kisangani, 5) Conduct joint patrols with the military, and 6) Monitor and respond to elephant poaching in and around the OFR.

GABON

Forest elephant protection in the Plateaux Bateke region of Gabon: improving anti-poaching efforts through on the ground presence and surveillance.

AFE-0808 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01080  
FWS: $109,879 Leveraged funds: $60,926
Location: Bateke Plateau region, Gabon
                     

This project works to reduce poaching of elephants in eastern Gabon by supporting mobile missions and joint anti-poaching patrols by field staff from two non-governmental organizations and regional representatives of the forestry ministry, and frequent monitoring at important habitat where elephants are vulnerable to poaching.

Developing a method for rapid and efficient estimation of forest elephant populations.

AFE-0777 Cornell University
Grant# F12AP01076  
FWS: $32,224 Leveraged funds: $23,504
Location: Ivindo National Park, Gabon
                     

This project will field test the new acoustic monitoring method for forest elephant population censuses against standard dung transect surveys conducted simultaneously to determine if the acoustic method is as accurate and more cost effective. The pilot testing will be conducted at Ivindo or Minkebe, in Gabon, which harbors important remaining forest elephant populations.

Conservation Justice/MEF collaboration: wildlife law enforcement in Gabon (AALF).

AFE-0823 Conservation Justice/MEF collaboration
Grant# F12AP01173  
FWS: $68,790 Leveraged funds: $75,650
Location: Gabon
                     

This project, Appui a l’Application de la Loi sur la Faune (AALF), aims to improve the enforcement of laws to protect wildlife by providing technical expertise and financial resources to better investigate, prosecute, and promote public awareness of wildlife laws in Gabon. Specific activities will include 1) training representatives of the appropriate government agencies in Gabon to carry out field operations, 2) Supervising the handling of operations, arrest, and documentation of wildlife crimes, 3) Raising awareness among the judiciary about wildlife laws, 4) Facilitating legal handling of prosecutions, 4) Producing articles, audio and video pieces on successful wildlife enforcement events, and 5) Training magistrates, police officers, and provincial and national agents of the wildlife ministry in investigative field techniques.

GHANA

Red hot pepper solution for crop raiding elephants around the Bia Conservation Area, Ghana.

AFE-0779 A Rocha Ghana
Grant# F12AP01201  
FWS: $44,390 Leveraged funds: $37,200
Location: Agricultural areas outside Bia National Park, Ghana.
                     

This project is working to mitigate human elephant conflict in agricultural areas outside Bia National Park in Ghana. Specific activities will include 1) training sessions for at least 50 farmers and twenty agricultural extension officers and wildlife officers on passive and active elephant deterrent methods, including chilli grease fences and briquettes, 2) Construction and maintenance of three demonstration farms in each of four villages surrounding the Bia area (Anwiefutu Nkwanta, Yamediagoro, Kofi Kyere, and Nyamebekyere), 3) Evaluating the effectiveness of the various deterrent approaches.

KENYA

Establishment of Kalepo-Unit headquarters to improve protection and monitoring of elephants in Larger Namunyak Conservancy, Northern Kenya.

AFE-0796 Northern Rangelands Trust
Grant# F12AP01157  
FWS: $44,560 Leveraged funds: $23,140
Location: Northern Kenya
                     

Funds will support the construction of a headquarters building and housing at Namunyak for scouts from community-owned conservancies between Kirimon National Reserve and the Mathews Range in northern Kenya to provide protection for elephants and other wildlife in this key dispersal area.

Support to joint conservancy anti-poaching team to protect African elephants in northern Kenya.

AFE-0815 Northern Rangelands Trust
Grant# F12AP01145  
FWS: $48,000 Leveraged funds: $105,231
Location: Northern Kenya
                     

Funds will support anti-poaching teams from scouts of numerous community-owned conservancies in key elephant areas in Kenya's arid northern rangelands, including a joint anti-poaching team from various conservancies including Namunyak, Sera, Melako and Biliqo-Bulesa and a rapid response team to respond to threats inside and outside of conservancies in the Mathews Range and the area to the east, within Samburu, Isiolo, and Marsabit South districts.

MALAYSIA

Providing targeted training to Royal Malaysian Customs to support interdiction of illegal ivory from African elephants.

AFE-0786 TRAFFIC International
Grant# F12AP01158  
FWS: $53,841 Leveraged funds: $11,480
Location: Malaysia
                     

This project aims to improve the ability of the Royal Malaysian Customs officers to prevent illegal trade in ivory more effectively at selected ports in Malaysia Activities will include training for Royal Malaysian Customs personnel on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia where large seizures of ivory occurred in the past year and translating training and reference material into Malay. Topics covered will include policy restricting ivory trade, the latest information on illegal ivory trade routes and smuggling methods, and improved detection and interception of ivory shipments.

MOZAMBIQUE

Support to combat elephant poaching in Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique.

AFE-0809 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01135  
FWS: $99,841 Leveraged funds: $108,629
Location: Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique
                     

This project will provide core support to wildlife protection staff in Mozambique’s largest remaining elephant population. Activities will include aerial surveillance, deployment of a rapid reaction anti-poaching team, field ranger training, and supplying salaries and rations to anti-poaching patrols.

Range States

Perfecting genetic markers for African elephant conservation.

AFE-0778 University of Illinois
Grant# F12AP01143  
FWS: $49,923 Leveraged funds: $22,012
Location: University of Illinois, IL, USA
                     

This project will develop methods to identify and isolate Short Tandem Repeat (STR) markers specifically for forest elephants in order to better determine whether there are evolutionarily distinct subpopulations of forest elephants within the Congo Basin. Such differences could be used to accurately identify where ivory originated.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Protecting elephants of northern Congo.

AFE-0782 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01146  
FWS: $81,537 Leveraged funds: $70,967
Location: Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo
                     

Funding will support protection and monitoring activities in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park and surrounding areas in the Republic of Congo. Specific activities will include supporting and equipping ecoguards, improving outposts to support mobile and rapid response patrols at strategic locations throughout the area, working with logging concessionaires to implement effective conservation management in the zones adjacent to the park, and maintaining a spatially explicit monitoring system to analyze wildlife distribution data and law enforcement information in order to detect and respond to threats quickly.

Forest elephant conservation in the logging concessions around Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, northern Republic of Congo.

AFE-0810 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01139  
FWS: $153,267 Leveraged funds: $124,383
Location: Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, northern Republic of Congo
                     

This grant will provide ongoing support for wildlife protection in and around Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in northern Republic of Congo. Specific activities will include 1) supporting PROGEPP ecoguards to operate security outposts, to conduct anti-poaching missions on foot, by road, and from rivers (especially tributaries of Sangha and Ndoki), 2) monitor elephants and threats at sites frequented by elephants, 3) monitor threats to wildlife emanating from Ndoki river fishing camps and from bushmeat hunters and safari hunters, 4) coordinate efforts with logging concessionaires and local communities, and 5) input and analyze wildlife and threats using a standardized law enforcement database.

SUDAN

Elephant conservation and anti-poaching Southern National Park, South Sudan.

AFE-0822 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP01075  
FWS: $88,385 Leveraged funds: $119,020
Location: Southern National Park, South Sudan
                     

This project is rebuilding park infrastructure in South Sudan after 30 years of civil war. The funds assist with infrastructure development (including roads, airstrips, vehicles and basic equipment required to establish a permanent presence of the wildlife authority and to facilitate anti-poaching, training and equipping rangers, installing communications systems, and implementing a system for monitoring of elephant and other wildlife.

SOUTH AFRICA

Management of elephant populations in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa,with immunocontraception.

AFE-0773 Humane Society of the United States
Grant# F12AP01193  
FWS: $62,157 Leveraged funds: $277,237
Location: KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
                     

As parks in Africa become more isolated because of human population growth and habitat loss, wildlife managers need to be able to manage small, isolated elephant populations. This project will monitor the effects of porcine zona pellucida (PZP) vaccine to prevent fertilization in four parks in KwaZulu Natal province, South Africa (Tembe Elephant Park, Ithala Game Reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park).

ZAMBIA

Operational vehicles and aerial support for elephant (Loxodonta africana) conservation in North Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

AFE-0800 Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP01131  
FWS: $103,280 Leveraged funds: $197,468
Location: North Luangwa National Park, Zambia
                     

These funds will support core anti-poaching operations in Zambia’s most important wildlife areas. Funds will be used for operating costs of ground patrols by ZAWA, the national wildlife agency, and for aerial patrolling and surveillance to detect poachers.

Support for law enforcement activities and protection of elephant in North Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

AFE-0814 Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP01142  
FWS: $53,843 Leveraged funds: $79,486
Location: North Luangwa National Park, Zambia
                     

Funding will be used to purchase new equipment and consumable supplies and to support essential infrastructure in North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Activities include purchasing rations for field patrols, upgrading the radio system for law enforcement communications, and improving tracks for patrolling purposes.

Wildlife Without Borders - Asian Elephant Conservation Fund


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 39 new grants from the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund totaling $1,926,072.00, which was matched by $2,306,754.00 in leveraged funds. Field projects in eight countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported, in addition to one project that involves multiple countries.

BURMA

Conservation of wild elephants and elephant habitat in Hukaung Valley, Burma: Year 5.

ASE-0582 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00956  
FWS: $60,195 Leveraged funds: $60,206
Location: Hukaung Valley, Burma
                     

This project aims to do the following: (1) to continue law enforcement activities using Elephant Patrol Units; (2) to increase the forest department's ability to monitor elephants and integrate this system with another existing system; and (3) to upgrade the current patrol system to use Management Information SysTems (MIST) and CITES Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE).

CAMBODIA

Asian elephant conservation education through Kouprey Express.

ASE-0575 Wildlife Alliance
Grant# F12AP00344  
FWS: $56,832 Leveraged funds: $212,495
Location: Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia
                     

The purpose of this project is to continue to provide environmental education to rural and impoverished communities living amongst wild Asian elephants in the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia. The threats addressed include habitat loss, poaching, and wildlife trade.

Northern Plains of Cambodia elephant conservation project: Phase 3.

ASE-0579 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00345  
FWS: $55,234 Leveraged funds: $55,275
Location: Cambodia
                     

This project aims to reduce human-elephant conflict by increasing awareness within local communities, military personnel, and others to reduce threats to elephants and their habitats. This project will also demarcate the boundaries of Preah Vihar Protected Forest and adjacent forest sectors, improve law enforcement facilities, increase ranger patrols within and around elephant habitat to prevent hunting, disturbance, logging, and monitor and map elephant distribution by community monitoring rangers.

Elephant conservation and capacity-building in Seima Protection Forest, Cambodia: year 6.

ASE-0614 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00721  
FWS: $57,906 Leveraged funds: $48,775
Location: Seima Protection Forest, Cambodia
                     

The purpose of this project is to maintain increased levels of law enforcement in elephant "hotspots" and in threated habitats, and improve the capacity amongst national staff to monitor illegal human activity through Management Information SysTem (MIST) patrol system and elephant populations.

Strengthening government and local capacity for elephant conservation in northeast Cambodia.

ASE-0584 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00954  
FWS: $53,885 Leveraged funds: $46,633
Location: Cambodia
                     

This project aims to train communities at four locations in human-elephant conflict (HEC) reduction techniques and provide training in elephant monitoring and protection in Cambodia’s newest and largest protected area, Prey Long Protected Forest. The objectives of the project are to: (1) Mitigate Human Elephant Conflict at new sites in northeast Cambodia; (2) Build law enforcement and community capacity to conserve Asian elephants in Cambodia's largest lowland forest; and (3) Raise awareness of elephants and the need for their conservation in northeast Cambodia.

Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group: Understanding and reducing threats to Cambodia's elephant population.

ASE-0611 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00926  
FWS: $31,407 Leveraged funds: $14,384
Location: Cambodia
                     

This project aims to support stakeholders in the reduction of human elephant conflict (HEC), to understand threats to Cambodia's elephant population, and identify threat mitigation strategies. Grantee will do a trade survey of ivory sellers in Phnom Penh and key provincial towns to understand ivory trade in Cambodia in 2012/2013, publish a report that evaluates the current levels of ivory trade in Cambodia, in comparison to 2000 levels, and make recommendations to reduce illegal ivory trade. The grantee will meet with the Cambodian Ministry of Environment and economic land concession holders to understand how concessions will affect the layout of the land, discuss management of the elephant populations, evaluate the potential impacts of economic land concessions on elephant populations, make management recommendations to reduce development impacts, and support government-led HEC response teams to educate and train local stakeholders in conflict reductions strategies.

CHINA

Building the protected area network between China and Laos to increase habitat conservation for Asian elephant.

ASE-0519 Beijing Normal University
Grant# F12AP00323  
FWS: $51,500 Leveraged funds: $97,800
Location: Cross boundary region between China and Laos
                     

The purpose of this project is to provide staff training and related capacity development for the projected areas, to introduce Management Information SysTem (MIST) to all protected areas and set up a broader network to improve the management of Asian elephant habitats in the cross boundary region between China and Laos. The project will also identify key priority corridors for conservation action to immediately reduce poaching and recover marginal agricultural land for habitat connectivity and corridor restoration. A regional actional plan will be developed together with counterparts from both China and Laos.

INDONESIA

Living with elephants: expanding models to sustain community guarding in human-elephant conflict hotspots in Aceh Timur and Aceh Selatan.

ASE-0580 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00346  
FWS: $47,293 Leveraged funds: $51,477
Location: Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

The purpose of this project is to apply human-elephant conflict (HEC) mitigation techniques that have been successful in southern Sumatra, in two HEC prone districts of Aceh Province in northern Sumatra. This project will make demonstration sites to allow for these techniques to be performed by local communities and bring about a community-led guarding team to help keep HEC low.

Protection of Sumatran elephants and other threatened species in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

ASE-0581 International Rhino Foundation
Grant# F12AP00350  
FWS: $64,780 Leveraged funds: $198,761
Location: Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

The purpose of this project is to prevent poaching of elephants, rhinos, tigers, and other wildlife, and counteract all forms of wildlife crime, habitat destruction, illegal logging, and encroachment.

Sumatran elephant Conservation Response Units in Bengkulu province.

ASE-0583 International Elephant Foundation
Grant# F12AP00372  
FWS: $36,000 Leveraged funds: $62,602
Location: Northern Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

Help protect around 6,865 hectares of forest for elephants, tigers, tapirs and other wildlife, while also improving management of captive elephants used for patrols. This will be done by maintaining and improving the Seblat Conservation Response Unit (CRU) and continuing to assist the government’s and surrounding villages’ protection efforts. The CRU patrols 7-10 consecutive days a month and records any evidence of illegal activities, minimizes human-wildlife conflicts, and monitors fragmented forest patches where there are small elephant populations.

Sumatran elephants and mahouts working for conservation Elephant Conservation Response Unit Way Kambas/Lampung/Sumatra.

ASE-0585 Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation
Grant# F12AP00376  
FWS: $65,247 Leveraged funds: $64,014
Location: Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

Ensure protection of wild elephants and their habitat with the aid of captive elephants, their mahouts (elephant caretakers), and Vesswic veterinarians who oversee elephant health and other wildlife health emergencies. Applicant will reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC) in communities surrounding the park and network Conservation Response Units (CRU) with local communities for faster conflict responses.

Establishing and providing for the vital needs of the Sumatran elephant population within Way Kambas National Park.

ASE-0588 Save Indonesia Endangered Species Fund/INIRADEF
Grant# F12AP00398  
FWS: $49,905 Leveraged funds: $15,000
Location: Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

Decrease human-elephant conflict at the edge of the park by expanding and securing habitat and vital water needs for elephants within the park. The applicant will: (1) expand the habitat for elephants in Way Kambas NP; (2) map, protect and monitor the vital water resources and wetland habitats used by elephants; (3) develop community conservation awareness; and (4) deliver a report, including recommendations, to the National Park authority on important wetland habitat and elephant security.

Population monitoring for the long-term survival of elephants in Tesso Nilo, Central Sumatra.

ASE-0592 World Wide Fund for Nature-Indonesia
Grant# F12AP00397  
FWS: $50,094 Leveraged funds: $80,442
Location: Tesso Nilo National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

The purpose of this project is to establish a population monitoring system for elephants in Tesso Nilo National Park (TNNP), central Sumatra. The applicant will develop local capacity for implementing a scientifically robust method for elephant population monitoring in TNNP, conduct a baseline elephant dung collection survey for TNNP, and provide a population estimate of elephants in TNNP.

Towards a peaceful coexistence between humans and elephants in Bukit Tigapuluh, Indonesia (Phase III).

ASE-0605 Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP01050  
FWS: $57,288 Leveraged funds: $79,962
Location: Bukit Tigapuluh, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This project will promote a conflict hotline so people can report incidents of human-elephant conflict (HEC), and maintain the current information network which provides information to police about illegal activity such as the killing of elephants. This project will also investigate the causes of HEC and give site-specific strategies to reduce it, support local people and forest police in their HEC reduction efforts, test HEC methods frequently to ensure they work and work well, and help increase people’s tolerance of elephants.

Development and evaluation of a local intelligence gathering network to better protect the elephants and other high-value mammals in Way Kambas National Park.

ASE-0630 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00719  
FWS: $57,520 Leveraged funds: $58,163
Location: Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This project aims to evaluate and improve how local wildlife related information is gathered, while also monitoring human-elephant conflict (HEC) reduction efforts by villagers and government agencies. Intelligence gathering would include information on elephant carcasses found by people while working in their fields, while legally collecting forest products, fishing, etc., word of poachers in the area, encroachment activity. Park staff will also be trained on intelligence-led patrolling and Management Information System or possibly another system.

Managing elephants in Aceh: mitigating conflicts with people and protecting forest habitat in Ulu Masen.

ASE-0600 Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
Grant# F12AP00920  
FWS: $52,607 Leveraged funds: $52,555
Location: Ulu Masen, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

The purpose of this project is to protect elephants, their forest habitat, and rural communities that live close to the animals in Aceh with an elephant management strategy. This project aims to strengthen local partner’s conservation and its management capabilities, and to establish a sustainable Aceh-wide data management system. Forty-five government representatives and sixty community rangers will be trained to respond to incidents of human-elephant conflict (HEC) and forest monitoring patrols will be conducted by three community ranger teams once every two months. The Dishutbun and BKSDA, with whom FFI collaborates on this project, will design their budgets as part of the project with sufficient allocations for 2012-2013 training, follow-up activities, and HEC reduction in priority areas.

Capacity building and technology transfer at the Fifth Annual Mahout workshop.

ASE-0537 International Elephant Foundation
Grant# F12AP00170  
FWS: $18,950 Leveraged funds: $57,800
Location: Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

The purpose of this project is to support a three day workshop for mahouts to continue building their capacity and transfer technology, including improving their skills to deal with wildlife, human-wildlife conflicts, and illegal activities to enable the mahouts to play an important role in wildlife conservation and forest protection. There will also be a specialized training module in proper forest monitoring and assessment of wild elephant numbers and population structure.

Providing field veterinary expertise for Sumatran elephants and other endangered Sumatran wildlife and veterinary capacity building for conservation programs and activities.

ASE-0617 Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation
Grant# F12AP00933  
FWS: $57,900 Leveraged funds: $71,028
Location: Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

The purpose of this project is to provide: (1) emergency veterinary response, rescue and treat trapped, injured, and sick elephants and other Sumatran wildlife; (2) veterinary expertise, services, drugs, and supplies for relocating wild elephants and reintroduction of other wildlife, e.g., tigers and bears; (3) veterinary expertise, drugs, and supplies for fitting GPS or radio collars on wild elephants, and other wildlife conservation research requiring sedation, tranquilization, medical treatment, or veterinary observations; and (4) regular and emergency veterinary care for captive elephants used for elephant conservation activities. Grantee will also conduct post-mortems on wildlife to determine cause of death, provide data for any legal procedures if needed, help develop veterinary capacity with internships for Sumatran veterinary students/postgraduates and local veterinarians, and continue exchanges and collaborations with veterinarians from other Asian elephant range countries.

INDIA

Restoration of Lantana camara invaded elephant habitats in southern India.

ASE-0576 Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
Grant# F12AP00399  
FWS: $36,097 Leveraged funds: $49,997
Location: Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, southern India
                     

The goal of this project is to carry out experimental elephant habitat restoration. Lantana is an invasive plant which can drastically affect its environment. Efforts will identify 10 sites where Lantana is densest, test different removal methods at the sites while sowing seeds of three native plants, then monitor the recovery of the sites.

Conserving elephants in Meghalaya-Assam corridor through education and awareness (CEMACEA).

ASE-0577 ENVIRON
Grant# F12AP00717  
FWS: $51,205 Leveraged funds: $5,600
Location: Assam-Meghalaya, India
                     

This project will train teachers who can educate and motivate students to be strong advocates for elephant conservation. Then, the teachers and students will work to motivate communities to be strong advocates for conservation. The project will adapt education modules developed by Centre for Environmental Education to train around 100 schoolteachers, and conduct elephant conservation education in 30-35 schools near elephant areas in Assam-Meghalaya, India.

Community based human-elephant conflict (HEC) mitigation initiatives in HEC affected areas in and around Dehradun, Hardwar, Lansdowne and Ramnagar Forest Divisions, Uttarakhand, India.

ASE-0606 Conservation Himalayas
Grant# F12AP00712  
FWS: $49,840 Leveraged funds: $22,650
Location: Uttarakhand, India
                     

This project focuses on training communities to reduce human-elephant conflict. The activities will help train the trainers, prepare community steward groups to guide HEC mitigation techniques, strengthen HEC-affected communities with logistical support, improve the attitudes of people living near elephants toward one of coexistence, and promote elephant conservation education.

Human elephant conflict mitigation in selected areas along southern boundary of Corbett Tiger Reserve and Terai West Forest Divisions in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India.

ASE-0618 World Wide Fund for Nature-India
Grant# F12AP00714  
FWS: $49,996 Leveraged funds: $115,169
Location: Uttarakhand, India
                     

This project aims to develop a geographical database for human-elephant conflict (HEC) hotspots, train volunteer anti-depredation squads, establish anti-depredation camps, build the ability of the Forest Department staff in HEC reduction methods, train community members on HEC mitigation methods and provide them the tools to do so, and set up barriers to prevent elephants entry into high conflict areas, and construct check dams and mineral licks. This project will also remove and reclaim areas invaded by Lantana camara, a highly invasive plant which overtakes environments.

Strengthen the protection measures by involving fringe villagers in Manas National Park for the conservation of Asian elephants, Phase VI.

ASE-0619 Wildlife Areas Development and Welfare Trust
Grant# F12AP00778  
FWS: $41,250 Leveraged funds: $53,800
Location: Manas National Park, India
                     

The purpose of project is to provide 12 months of financial support to 35 trained village volunteers who will patrol the forest along with the law enforcement staff, and assist with human-elephant conflict situations outside the national park.

Healthcare program for well-being of Asian elephants engaged in the protection of wildlife areas of Assam, India.

ASE-0628 Wildlife Areas Development and Welfare Trust
Grant# F12AP00780  
FWS: $32,945 Leveraged funds: $45,700
Location: Assam, India
                     

This project aims to provide healthcare to captive elephants involved in protecting the Protected Areas of Assam, control the spread of diseases to the wild elephants, increase the capability of young veterinarians in elephant healthcare. The trust will conduct periodic healthcare and vaccination camps, be on-call to attend to sick elephants, be available for emergency visits to attend to elephants in unexpected trouble, increase awareness among the elephant handlers, and build capacity of young veterinarians.

Analysis of Human-Elephant Conflict and its mitigation in fragmented Nilgiris-Eastern Ghats (NEG) Landscape, Southern India.

ASE-0586 Wild Wide Fund for Nature-India
Grant# F12AP00955  
FWS: $53,050 Leveraged funds: $94,240
Location: Nilgiris-Eastern Ghats Landscape, southern India
                     

The purpose of this project is to understand elephant movements within five selected sites in the NEG landscape and identify the site specific causes leading to human‐elephant conflict (HEC), and to test the effectiveness of different HEC reduction techniques and their impacts on elephants. To achieve the objectives, 12 elephants will be collared and monitored. Data on crop damage, compensation, human and elephant causalities due to conflicts will be gathered by field teams and from the Forest Department. To determine the habitat status, data will be collected on human impacts (cattle grazing, fuel wood removal, NTFP collection, etc.) by recording signs using transects. Based on the study, recommendations will be made to Forest Department on effective management of HEC.

Securing elephant habitat through community-based conservation reserve, incentive programme for conservation and strengthening protection measures in protected areas of the Balpakram Baghmara Landscape, Garo Hill, Meghalaya, India.

ASE-0623 Samrakshan Charitable Trust
Grant# F12AP01130  
FWS: $46,530 Leveraged funds: $24,714
Location: Meghalaya, India
                     

The purpose of this project is to secure remnant community forests, which form a large part of elephant habitat in the landscape, by making them Community Conservation Reserves (CCRs) to be managed by the community. The project will also help with regeneration of elephant habitat in disturbed and degraded community lands through active plantation of native, elephant-friendly vegetation; create positive incentives for conservation by strengthening community run nature tourism.

Mitigating human elephant conflict through enhancing community interface in Golaghat district, Assam.

ASE-0622 Aaranyak
Grant# F12AP01163  
FWS: $40,720 Leveraged funds: $6,700
Location: Assam, India
                     

This project aims to assess the status and usage of migratory corridors by elephants in Golaghat, assess the state of human-elephant conflict (HEC) and identify the localities, implement a community-based crop protection strategy in a model (Sundarpur) village, introduce chili pepper as a deterrent and investigate its potential as a cash crop, strengthen the concept of human-elephant coexistence, and train Forest Department staff on GPS usage and bring them to other local Protected Areas for study tours. The grantee will also collaborate with another organization Ecosystem India, who is knowledgeable about using and marketing chili pepper as an elephant deterrent and a cash crop.

Northeast India Asian elephant conservation education project.

ASE-0543 Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
Grant# F12AP00443  
FWS: $50,050 Leveraged funds: $10,350
Location: Northeast India
                     

The purpose of this project is to develop an Asian elephant conservation education program aimed at resolving human-elephant conflict (HEC) in northeast India. The project will develop Asian elephant conservation education program for schools with educational packages, train around 200 teachers, provide teachers support and materials for their program implementation, and evaluate information and attitudinal change.

LAOS

Protecting the Lao PDR's Nam Kading elephant population, year two.

ASE-0615 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00928  
FWS: $59,542 Leveraged funds: $57,286
Location: Nam Kading, Laos
                     

The purpose of project, for the second year, is to: (1) Establish baseline estimates of the size, age- and sex-structure of the Nam Kading elephant population in order to measure conservation success; (2) Investigate the level of genetic similarity between the Nakai Plateau and Nam Kading NPA elephant populations to see if there is, or has been, interbreeding between elephant populations; (3) Contribute to enforcement operations in known elephant areas to reduce poaching threats. Fecal DNA samples will be analyzed using capture-recapture statistical methods, to determine elephant population size and structure, relationship to the Nakai elephant population, and the possibility of gene flow between the populations. Support for law enforcement will be to ground patrols, and the effective monitoring and evaluation of such law enforcement work.

MALAYSIA

WCS/GoM Peninsular Malaysia elephant project: year 7, assessment and reduction of human-elephant conflict (HEC) and capacity building in Endau-Rompin.

ASE-0609 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00715  
FWS: $59,601 Leveraged funds: $60,379
Location: Malaysia
                     

The purpose of this project is to monitor and assess electric fences in Johor, develop human-elephant conflict (HEC) reduction and monitoring in Pahang, and continue to support community based HEC reduction efforts.

Satellite tracking of translocated elephants and conflict mitigation in Sabah.

ASE-0616 Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah Wildlife Department
Grant# F12AP01198  
FWS: $24,650 Leveraged funds: $95,800
Location: Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
                     

The purpose of this project is to rescue elephants from palm oil plantations to the Central Sabah Managed Elephant Range, fit the rescued elephants with GPS collars to understand their migratory patterns throughout plantation areas, and develop conflict reduction guidelines for the oil palm plantations. Project activities include: (1) Elephant rescue and translocation in central Sabah Managed Elephant Range; (2) Use of satellite collars on rescued elephants; (3) Collect data on elephant movements after translocation; (4) Map the migratory routes of these elephants in order to propose migration corridors; (5) Data analysis and publication; (6) Draft human-elephant conflict mitigation guidelines for oil palm estates; (7) Present, discuss, and adopt these guidelines at a two day workshop involving the oil palm estates, Sabah Wildlife Department and Sabah Foundation; and (8) Begin using the guidelines in oil palm plantations.

NEPAL

Genetic study of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) herds in eastern Himalayan region.

ASE-0578 Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
Grant# F12AP00377  
FWS: $49,997 Leveraged funds: $49,997
Location: Western Nepal
                     

Estimate the population size, genetic structure, and gene flow of elephant herds in western Nepal. To be done via direct field observations of elephants, mark-recapture analysis, household surveys, and DNA genotyping.

Mitigating human-elephant conflict through a science based approach in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

ASE-0602 National Trust for Nature Conservation
Grant# F12AP00471  
FWS: $60,852 Leveraged funds: $52,250
Location: Chitwan National Park, Nepal
                     

This project will study problem elephants to develop a human-elephant conflict reduction method based on data gathered on elephant behavior, movements, and distribution. Three problem elephants and three representative elephants will be captured and fitted with satellite collars. Data from these elephants will aid in co-existence trainings, in making an early warning mechanism to conflict prone areas, and in the development of a practical, though effective, conflict management strategy.

Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation: A Multi-Pronged Strategy in Bahundangi Village, Eastern Nepal.

ASE-0613 University of Florida
Grant# F12AP01052  
FWS: $50,000 Leveraged funds: $46,336
Location: Eastern Nepal
                     

The purpose of project is to fill data gaps and develop a system that allows the Bahundangi community to reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC) in a sustainable and self-sufficient manner. The long-term goal is an 80% decrease in crop depredation with no human or elephant casualties by 2025.The grantee, in collaboration with Nature Conservation Society and others, will use GPS transmitters to track elephant movement, develop action plans and HEC reduction framework, provide training, education, and outreach programs, and advocate for policy at the national and transboundary levels.

RANGE STATES

Preparing a comprehensive document on human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Asia.

ASE-0597 Asian Elephant Support
Grant# F12AP00395  
FWS: $24,550 Leveraged funds: $2,100
Location: Asian Elephant Range States
                     

This project will review documents, research papers, and meeting reports about human-elephant conflict (HEC), and bring it all together into a comprehensive document. This document will be able to serve as an informational basis for planning and performing HEC mitigation efforts, and to effectively guide research to cover gaps in knowledge on HEC and mitigation across Asia.

THAILAND

Developing a human-elephant coexistence (HECx) training programme for Thailand based on ZOO-India's "Getting along with elephants" model.

ASE-0599 Zoological Society of London
Grant# F12AP00371  
FWS: $60,834 Leveraged funds: $72,259
Location: Thailand
                     

This project will develop an educational program to raise awareness about elephants and human-elephant conflict with the goal of bringing positive attitude and behavioral changes in those living in or close to elephant habitats in Thailand.

Elephant protection and education campaigns in western Forest Complex, Thailand, year 4.

ASE-0612 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00718  
FWS: $56,222 Leveraged funds: $57,590
Location: Western Forest Complex, Thailand
                     

The purpose of this project is to maintain smart patrol system in Thung Yai West, improve awareness of local communities and schools through nature education campaigns on elephant and wildlife conservation, and train wildlife biology students on wildlife monitoring techniques and Management Information SysTem (MIST)-based smart patrol system.

The effect of habitat fragmentation on the genetic variation and gene flow among Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) populations along the Tenasserim Range.

ASE-0603 University of Minnesota
Grant# F12AP01051  
FWS: $48,615 Leveraged funds: $1,202
Location: Tenasserim Range, Thailand
                     

This project aims to ensure that long-term landscape genetic monitoring can be locally performed and to work with local wildlife biologists, patrol rangers and veterinary and forestry students from local universities. Project will provide guidelines and promote rigorous standards for noninvasive genetic sampling. Grantee will assess the genetic diversity of elephants, determine if there is genetic discontinuity amongst elephant populations across the western landscape, and test to see if confining elephant populations into small and isolated protected areas will disrupt the social structure and long-range dispersal patterns critical to population viability. Field sampling will be carried out in western Thailand.

Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Monitoring, and Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation in Kaeng Krachan National Park (KKNP), Thailand, year 8.

ASE-0608 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00923  
FWS: $54,983 Leveraged funds: $55,263
Location: Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
                     

The purpose of this project is to: (1) improve protection for elephants and their habitats in KKNP and continue law enforcement monitoring work using Management Information SysTems (MIST); (2) reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC) with standard methods while monitoring effectiveness; and (3) expand conservation education in the area and promote HEC reduction strategies to improve cooperation among park staff, local communities, and other stake holders.

Wildlife Without Borders – Critically Endangered Animal Conservation Fund


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 12 new grants from the Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Fund totaling $294,254.00, which was matched by $422,650 in leveraged funds. Field projects in ten countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported.

ARGENTINA

Recovery of the critically endangered hooded grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina.

EA-0337 Aves Argentinas
Grant# F12AP01154  
FWS: $24,574 Leveraged funds: $29,040
Location: Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
                     

This project will support conservation of the hooded grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) in southern Argentina by improving breeding success by controlling of invasive species and other nest protections.

BOLIVIA

Applying animal health and genetic tools to maximize survival of wild blue-throated macaw populations in the savannas of Moxos (Beni, Bolivia).

EA-0401 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00958  
FWS: $24,948 Leveraged funds: $24,949
Location: Beni, Bolivia
                     

This project will support conservation efforts for the blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) in Beni, Bolivia, by identifying and reducing health risks. Specific activities include: surveillance of pathogens in domestic poultry and four areas within the species' range; genetic analysis to identify relationships between fitness, chick mortality and malformations, and adult reproductive success; improving poultry husbandry and health care on ranches within the species range; and overseeing government and veterinary school outreach to train staff and promote collaboration in the effort to improve husbandry practice.

CAMBODIA

Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Programme: Saving the critically endangered Siamese crocodile.

EA-0374 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00967  
FWS: $25,001 Leveraged funds: $24,769
Location: Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia
                     

Supports conservation effort for the Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) in the Cardamom Mountains of southwest Cambodia, through protection of remaining breeding colonies and supplementing the wild population through the release of captive headstarted juveniles. Specific activities include: release of at least 20 juveniles into the wild from the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, including five individuals with radio-telemetry tags for post-release monitoring, field surveys for crocodile abundance and reproduction, and community patrols of at least three wetland sites and one reintroduction site to deter and report illegal activities. The project will also develop income-generating projects that establish livelihood alternatives to poaching and encroachment on natural habitats. Fauna and Flora International will work with government institutions and hold stakeholder meetings to build support for six national crocodile sanctuaries and to coordinate activities between groups.

CHINA

Conservation of the Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern: Restoration of a Lost Breeding Colony.

EA-0380 USGS and the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, Oregon State University
Grant# F12AP00957  
FWS: $24,258 Leveraged funds: $138,113
Location: Jiushan Islands, China
                     

Support the conservation effort of the Chinese crested tern (Sterna bernsteini) on the Jiushan Islands, China, by using bird decoys and audio playbacks to encourage terns to nest on suitable islands. Specific activities include: An island survey to identify suitable nesting habitat; Installation of at least 400 decoys and at least 3 audio playback systems, to encourage use by endangered species, and an observation blind to monitor endangered species use and human disturbance; Extend outreach toward government officials and local communities in support of endangered species.

INDONESIA

Long-term conservation of maleo nesting ground in North Sulawesi through nest site protection and management.

EA-0394 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00971  
FWS: $24,902 Leveraged funds: $26,176
Location: North Sulawesi, Indonesia
                     

This project will support conservation efforts for the maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, by improving protection of nesting sites. Specific activities include: use of village guards to protect five nesting grounds, to deter poaching by people and predation by natural predators; starting an education campaign to build support for conservation and reduce egg collection; and construction of protective structures around nest sites to reduce the impact from extreme weather.

MOROCCO

Priority conservation actions for critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco.

EA-0365 Sociedad Espanola de Ornitologia
Grant# F12AP01211  
FWS: $24,821 Leveraged funds: $30,950
Location: Morocco
                     

This project will support conservation of the northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the Souss-Massa-Driia region of Morocco, by restoring cliff-breeding habitat. Conservation efforts will include: widening and cleaning cliff edges at a deserted breeding colony; installation of at least 450 decoys to attract wild birds to nesting sites; and monitoring breeding pairs at five sites to track the project’s effectiveness.

NEPAL

Curtailing retributive killing of snow leopards in Nepal by predator-proofing corrals.

EA-0367 Snow Leopard Conservancy
Grant# F12AP01003  
FWS: $24,791 Leveraged funds: $31,984
Location: Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas, Nepal
                     

This project will support conservation of the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) in the Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas, Nepal, by reducing livestock predation and improving animal husbandry practices. Conservation efforts will include: stakeholder meetings to set goals and develop village plans to reduce predation; a corral survey to identify damage hotspots and farming practices; "predator-proofing" at least six corral sites; and use of a camera trap and genotype study to engage communities in monitoring and identify problematic leopards.

Establishment of Vulture Restaurant in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, East Nepal.

EA-0363 Himalayan Nature
Grant# F12AP00999  
FWS: $21,973 Leveraged funds: $6,490
Location: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, East Nepal
                     

This project will support conservation efforts for three endangered vulture species with a “vulture restaurant” of diclofenac free, safe carcasses and a community outreach to substitute the use of a veterinary drug used on other animals for a vulture safe alternative. Diclofenac, a veterinary drug used on local domestic animals has resulted in the dramatic decline of vultures in south Asia. 

PERU

Creation and Management of the Proposed private Conservation Area "Los Chilchos" in Leymebamba, Peru.

EA-0330 Ucumari
Grant# F12AP01212  
FWS: $24,460 Leveraged funds: $24,500
Location: Leymebamba, Peru
                     

This project will support conservation of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) in central Peru. Conservation efforts will include: establishing a private conservation area for the species and other wildlife in the region; and an education campaign and sustainable development program to maintain support for the protected area among local communities.

Conservation of the White-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus): Creating new protected areas and protecting habitat in the departments of Junin and Lima, Peru.

EA-0368 American Bird Conservancy
Grant# F12AP00889  
FWS: $24,915 Leveraged funds: $32,624
Location: Junin and Lima, Peru
                     

This project will maintain conservation efforts for the white-bellied cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus) in central Peru by aiding in the creation of a new protected area for the species. Specific activities include: development of a species Rapid Action Conservation Plan to guide efforts in the Ticlio and Marcapomacocha areas; meetings with stakeholders to build support for a new protected area; legal and mapping preparation to gain governmental approval of the new protected area; and community outreach to reduce grazing pressure in key habitat.

PHILIPPINES

Philippine Eagle Conservation Project.

EA-0387 Peregrine Fund
Grant# F12AP00970  
FWS: $25,000 Leveraged funds: $42,900
Location: Mindanao Island, Philippines
                     

This project will support efforts to conserve the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) on Mindanao Island, Philippines, by improving protection of nesting pairs. Project activities include: monitoring of at least four adult eagles with satellite tags; doing a nest site survey to determine suitable breeding habitat. Manage an awareness campaign to build support for species conservation and to reduce eagle deaths due to persecution and accidental capture in snares intended for wild pigs and deer.

VIETNAM

Conservation of the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in Quan Ba District.

EA-0373 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00912  
FWS: $24,611 Leveraged funds: $10,155
Location: Quan Ba District, northern Vietnam
                     

This project will support a conservation effort for the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) in northern Vietnam, by improving forest management and species protection. Includes supporting dialogue between stakeholders and forest advisory commitee, community patrols to prevent hunting of species and other illegal activities and the use of an awareness campaign to promote sustainable forest management.

Wildlife Without Borders - Global


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 2 new grants from the Wildlife Without Borders-Global Program totaling $166,207.40 which was matched by $68,203 in leveraged funds. 

Promoting coordinated migratory species conservation through the WHMSI.net website.

WHMSI 12-001 Rainforest Alliance
Grant# F12AP00202  
FWS: $36,976 Leveraged funds: $36,453
Location: Multiple
                     

The purpose of this project is to promote the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) by enhancing its website (www.whmsi.net) and include outreach tools. The continued support of the USFWS will be used to: continue management of WHMSI.net and its Pathway, Forum, and NGO database sections; develop a new section of migratory species funders; include a Google map with points for all migratory species-related Eco-Index project profiles; distribute approved email updates; and provide the platform for online conferences and webinars.

One Health Short Course on emerging zoonotic diseases of wildlife in Southeast Asia (One Health EZD Wildlife).

DIC 12-001 Global Health Group International
Grant# F12AP01161  
FWS: $29,231.40 Leveraged funds: $31,750
Location: Regional-Southeast Asia
                     

This project will focus on conservation education and increasing local research capabilities by training a new group of researchers, educators, and practitioners skilled at integrative research and intervention focused on zoonotic disease emergence. Training includes a one-week Emerging Zoonotic Diseases (EZD) Short Course and field experience that will bring together a variety of professionals. The course will focus on disease emergence from wildlife reservoirs, how strategic wildlife conservation efforts can reduce disease spillover risks, the benefits of wildlife conservation, and will benefit veterinary and human public health practitioners. The EZD Short Course curriculum combines knowledge and methods from veterinary and medical science, microbiology, epidemiology, medical geography, disease ecology, environmental risk management, ecosystem management, and conservation biology. The intended audience will be veterinary faculty. Student participants for the course will have a background and/or strong interest in wildlife and in applying One Health to their research and teaching. In addition, the participant will require formal endorsement of their administration and a statement that these efforts to integrate One Health within the veterinary curriculum will be supported, including the cooperation of the veterinary faculty as a whole. Participants will be selected from Southeast Asian countries.

Wildlife Without Borders - Great Ape Conservation Fund


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 47 new grants from the Great Ape Conservation Fund totaling $3,333,562.68 which was matched by $4,947,144 in leveraged funds. Field projects in 17 countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported.

AFRICA

In 2012, the USFWS awarded 25 new grants in eight African countries totaling $2,168,307.58 in USFWS funding which was matched by $3,844,684 in leveraged funds. In addition to one project that involves multiple countries.

CAMEROON

Capacity building for Great Ape Conservation and Natural Resource Management across the Deng Deng National Park Landscape, Cameroon.

GA-0900 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00329  
FWS: $64,702 Leveraged funds: $40,327
Location: Cameroon
                     

The purpose of this project is to improve protection of chimpanzees and gorillas at Deng Deng NP by developing a strong local constituency for conservation and training park ecoguards in law enforcement, natural resource management, and monitoring of illegal activities.

Promoting Community Participation in Great Ape Conservation in the Proposed Ebo National Park, Cameroon.

GA-0924 Zoological Society of San Diego
Grant# F12AP00679  
FWS: $70,662 Leveraged funds: $183,729
Location: Cameroon
                     

The purpose of this project is to reduce illegal hunting of great apes and other wildlife by engaging local communities, traditional authorities, and government agencies in a program of outreach, education, and awareness.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Ensuring the long-term conservation of Tongo's chimpanzees by developing tourism, education, and community outreach programs.

GA-0888 Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP00204  
FWS: $87,292.80 Leveraged funds: $145,304
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo
                     

This project aims to develop chimpanzee tourism as an economic incentive for communities and the government of the DRC to protect Virunga National Park.

The future of the Bili ape: distribution, protection, and awareness on a regional and national level.

GA-0906 Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation
Grant# F12AP00182  
FWS: $132,850 Leveraged funds: $68,750
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to establish a monitoring program for the critically important Bili chimpanzees in Democratic Republic of the Congo and to revive protection activities by the national wildlife agency.

Validation and finalization of the Itombwe Nature Reserve for the protection of great apes.

GA-0912 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00192  
FWS: $100,452 Leveraged funds: $48,278
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to bring about a multi-stakeholder process to ensure the creation and proper management of the new Itombwe Nature Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Developing a Coordinated Approach to Grauer's gorilla population assessments and monitoring in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

GA-0916 Fauna Flora International
Grant# F12AP00680  
FWS: $99,989 Leveraged funds: $126,150
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to identify the highest priority, viable populations of Grauer's gorillas across their range to guide future conservation activities in this highly volatile region of Eastern DRC.

Building an integrated gorilla and community health model in and around Virunga National Park, DRC.

GA-0920 Conservation Through Public Health
Grant# F12AP00331  
FWS: $79,555 Leveraged funds: $40,050
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

This project seeks to reduce the prevalence of parasites and infectious diseases among great apes in Virunga National Park by improving the hygiene and sanitation of local neighboring communities.

Conserving one of the largest populations of eastern chimpanzees Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii in the Ituri Forest Landscape, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

GA-0941 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00683  
FWS: $120,251 Leveraged funds: $55,090
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to conserve the largest population of eastern chimpanzees by improving park law enforcement and determining the impact of mining activity on the bushmeat trade.

Conserving Grauer's gorilla in the Kasese Region of Democratic Republic of Congo.

GA-0948 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00663  
FWS/USAID: $109,463 Leveraged funds: $44,979
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to bolster the ability of ecoguards and establish a regular patrolling system to increase protection of Grauer's gorilla populations both inside and outside of Kahuzi Biega National Park.

Protection of the Bonobo sector around the new national park in the TL2 landscape of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

GA-0963 Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation
Grant# F12AP00653  
FWS: $200,000 Leveraged funds: $504,000
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to eliminate hunting of bonobos by creating a community managed reserve adjacent to Lomani National Park.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Ensuring continued growth of the Virunga Mountain Gorilla Population through Protection, Monitoring, and Research.

GA-0872 Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Grant# F12AP00413  
FWS: $124,598 Leveraged funds: $627,130
Location: Virunga National Park, DRC
                     

The purpose of this project is to protect and monitor 25% of the habituated Virunga population of mountain gorillas by conducting 250 anti-poaching patrols per year, identifying and reporting gorilla health issues as they occur, training two research assistants, and continuing daily data collection on demography, behavior, and ranging patterns of the gorillas to guide park management.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Working with local communities to evaluate, test and implement potential bushmeat alternatives in Equatorial Guinea.

GA-0890 Zoological Society of London
Grant# F12AP00184  
FWS: $75,880 Leveraged funds: $156,114
Location: Equatorial Guinea
                     

The purpose of this project is to reduce the illegal hunting, sale, and consumption of great apes and other wildlife through the development of culturally and economically feasible alternatives to bushmeat.

GABON

Conservation, Research, and Tourism of Western Gorillas and Central Chimpanzees in Loango National Park, Gabon.

GA-0935 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Grant# F12AP01151  
FWS: $67,970 Leveraged funds: $152,165
Location: Loango National Park, Gabon
                     

The purpose of this project is to enhance Gabon's future tourism revenue, thereby contributing to the protection of great apes and other wildlife, by habituating two groups of western gorillas and one community of chimpanzees.

Proposal for the implementation of a law enforcement monitoring system within the Department of Wildlife and Protected areas in Gabon.

GA-0960 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01033  
FWS: $120,435 Leveraged funds: $100,794
Location: Gabon
                     

The purpose of this project is to improve on-the-ground anti-poaching efforts within all of Gabon's 13 national parks by increasing surveillance capability, enhancing resource allocation, and motivation of national park wardens.

GUINEA

Protection of the Parc National du Haut Niger - Republic of Guinea.

GA-0865 Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
Grant# F12AP00385  
FWS: $49,440 Leveraged funds: $42,660
Location: Republic of Guinea
                     

The purpose of this project is to ensure the protection of Parc National du Haut Niger and its chimpanzee population by supporting law enforcement activities in the northern portion of the reserve.

RANGE STATES

Developing a Conservation Strategy for Western Equtorial African Apes.

GA-0961 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Grant# F12AP01126  
FWS: $52,438 Leveraged funds: $66,882
Location: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea Gabon
                     

The purpose of this project is for WCS to lead a participatory planning process to establish a cohesive and consensual plan of action (at both the national and regional levels) for the conservation of the western lowland gorilla and the central chimpanzee, ensuring a comprehensive approach with the buy-in of key stakeholders. the recipient will also build long-term support (at both the national and regional levels) for the ape conservation plan of action through collaborative participation in the workshop and collective development of the action plan by stakeholder potential donors and national governments.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Assessment and mitigation of threats to great apes and other large mammals east of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and its eastern buffer zone Ngombe.

GA-0907 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00191  
FWS: $169,906 Leveraged funds: $87,378
Location: Republic of the Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to conserve great ape populations in areas bordering Odzala-Kokoua National Park through an increased understanding of the poaching patterns of the commercial bushmeat trade, which will be used to strategically deploy anti-poaching patrols.

Sustaining conservation efforts of great apes through the development and promotion of ecotourism in the Nouabale Ndoki National Park, Republic of the Congo.

GA-0919 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00186  
FWS: $68,480 Leveraged funds: $55,340
Location: Nouabale Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to reduce the potential impact on great apes from ecotourism activities through continued health monitoring, training, and law enforcement.

From logging concession to protection outpost: turning a former forestry concession headquarters into a great ape surveillance center in Conkouati-Douli National Park, Republic of the Congo.

GA-0953 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00674  
FWS: $74,966 Leveraged funds: $34,443
Location: Republic of the Congo
                     

The purpose of this project is to increase the positive effect of park management by constructing a new patrol station within Conkouati-Douli National Park to improve protection of gorilla and chimpanzee populations.

RWANDA

Protecting the chimpanzees of the Nyungwe-Kibira landscape through transboundary coordination and capacity building.

GA-0901 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00193  
FWS: $106,132 Leveraged funds: $37,372
Location: Nyungwe-Kibira landscape, Rwanda/ Burundi
                     

The purpose of this project is to ensure the protection of the Nyungwe-Kibira chimpanzee population by increasing the transboundary law enforcement capabilities of the Burundian and Rwandan protected area agencies.

Tourism as a tool for conservation of Mountain Gorillas in the Albertine Rift: the case of Volcanoes National Park.

GA-0945 Clemson University
Grant# F12AP01121  
FWS: $30,648 Leveraged funds: $10,343
Location: Rwanda
                     

This project will determine if the benefits from tourism, which are shared with local communities around the Volcanoes National Park, help to reduce park-dependency of local communities.

Strengthening Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Conservation Education and Empowering Local Communities Bordering Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park

GA-0874 Art of Conservation
Grant# F12AP00465  
FWS: $30,000 Leveraged funds: $106,500
Location: Rwanda
                     

This project will implement outreach programs and conservation and health education programs to Rwandan communities. This program will also promote biomass briquettes as a substitute to charcoal production thereby decreasing the demand on park resources for fuelwood.

Chimpanzee conservation in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda: Impacts of buffer zone and land use change.

GA-0917 Antioch Univeristy New England
Grant# F12AP00411  
FWS: $47,696.78 Leveraged funds: $243,497
Location: Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
                     

The purpose of this project is to determine the optimal composition of buffer zone land uses surrounding Nyungwe National Park to enhance chimpanzee conservation within the park.

Behavior, physiology, and health of mountain gorilla.

GA-0923 Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Grant# F12AP01120  
FWS: $38,280 Leveraged funds: $820,747
Location: Rwanda
                     

This project aims to improve understanding of mountain gorilla stress resulting from natural and man-made events, which will yield conservation implications to be used in park management and tourism practices.

TANZANIA

Chimpanzee health initiative at Mahale Mountains National Park (CHIMMP) for strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs in Tanzania.

GA-0869 Tarajit Kaur
Grant# F12AP00460  
FWS: $46,221 Leveraged funds: $46,632
Location: Tanzania
                     

This project aims to reduce the transmission of diseases from humans to chimpanzees by generating scientific evidence to guide conservation interventions.

ASIA

In 2012, the USFWS awarded 22 new grants in eight Asian countries totaling $1,165,255.00 in USFWS funding which was matched by $1,606,490.00 in leveraged funds.

BURMA

Conservation management of eastern hoolock gibbon in Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Burma's Kachin State.

GA-0876 People Resources Conservation Foundation
Grant# F12AP01115  
FWS: $50,050 Leveraged funds: $45,711
Location: Kachin State, Burma
                     

This grant will contribute to the long-term survival and conservation of eastern hoolock gibbon in and around the Sanctuary by addressing immediate conservation needs. This will be done by: (1) reducing the direct threats to the gibbon habitat; (2) improving capacity for gibbon conservation; (3) establishing a long-term program to direct gibbon conservation management; and (4) conducting a review of the law enforcement capacity and needs of the sanctuary and developing standard operating procedures for key law enforcement tasks.

Community-based conservation of eastern hoolock gibbon and its habitat in Burma's Karen State.

GA-0883 People Resources Conservation Foundation
Grant# F12AP01038  
FWS: $49,969 Leveraged funds: $8,004
Location: Karen State, Burma
                     

This project will strengthen community forest management at three sites in Karen State (Ker Shor Ter, Leh Kee, and Kierlweehtoo) containing important populations of hoolock gibbon. This will be done by: (1) identifying gibbon areas; (2) establishing community-led conservation monitoring protocols; (3) planning interventions to support habitat regeneration in gibbon corridors; (4) carrying out participatory assessment of gibbon threats and local conservation values; (5) planning for establishment of a community forest area; (6) boundary identification; and (7) placement of awareness signs.

CAMBODIA

Public outreach to conserve endangered pileated gibbons in Cambodia and on the Cambodia-Vietnam Border.

GA-0870 Wildlife Alliance
Grant# F12AP00379  
FWS: $45,923 Leveraged funds: $202,575
Location: Cambodia
                     

This grant will raise public awareness of the illegal trade and private ownership of pileated gibbons in Cambodia, with a particular focus on the Cambodia-Vietnam border, and will increase governmental support for public interest in protecting threatened ape populations. This will be done by: (1) supporting ongoing school and community-based outreach to approximately 20 schools in Koh Kong Province; (2) designing gibbon billboards and other signs to be placed at border crossings and key towns on the Cambodia-Vietnam border; (3) placing large signs at highly-visible tourist sites and other venues in and around Phnom Penh and maintaining existing signs in Koh Kong; and (4) presenting a community night show in Phnom Penh.

CHINA

Engaging indigenous communities in Hainan gibbon conservation in Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan, China.

GA-0894 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00333  
FWS: $64,317 Leveraged funds: $25,128
Location: Bawangling National Nature Reserve, China
                     

This grant will: (1) improve the community-based conservation efforts of the Bawangling National Natural Reserve staff and related stake holders; (2) involve local communities in practical gibbon conservation activities by helping them to find alternative, sustainable livelihoods and empowering them in conservation decision making; and (3) increase the awareness among indigenous people on gibbon conservation and sustainable use of the tropical rainforest.

INDIA

Land prioritization for the conservation of western hoolock gibbon populations in Garo Hills, India

GA-0853 Wildlife Trust of India
Grant# F12AP00130  
FWS: $48,270 Leveraged funds: $30,900
Location: Garo Hills, India
                     

This project will identify a network of village forest fragments that can be conserved as habitat for the hoolock gibbon. This will be done by assessing occupancy status of the gibbons within forest fragments and estimating population connectivity among these fragments. These results will then be used to develop an action plan for the demarcation of a network of Village Forest Reserves that will increase gibbon population viability in the best possible manner.

Leveraging community forests for hoolock gibbon conservation: Securing western hoolock gibbon habitats in Meghalaya through research and community-based conservation action, India.

GA-0880 Samrakshan Charitable Trust
Grant# F12AP00591  
FWS: $49,942 Leveraged funds: $23,911
Location: India
                     

This grant will secure western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) habitats in the Balpakram Baghmara Landscape through research, community based conservation action and increased involvement, participation and awareness of the Forest Department and the government. This will be done by conducting a gibbon population and distribution survey across the landscape; setting up Community Conservation Reserves to protect important gibbon habitats; and informing the Forest Department of the distribution and concentration of hoolock gibbon troops in government owned forests.

INDONESIA

Using healthcare incentives to protect Gunung Palung National Park and its population of wild orangutans - Year Five, Indonesia.

GA-0875 Health in Harmony
Grant# F12AP00467  
FWS: $74,116 Leveraged funds: $33,859
Location: Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia
                     

This grant will initiate reforestation of a corridor important to orangutans, conduct a trial of a low cost reforestation method, maintain a seedling nursery, provide reforestation training to communities who want to restore their forests on the edge of the park, and contribute to support of the park’s aerial monitoring of illegal logging.

Survey of potential rehabilitant orangutan reintroduction sites, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

GA-0881 Yayasan IAR Indonesia
Grant# F12AP00468  
FWS: $47,565 Leveraged funds: $7,570
Location: West Kalimantan, Indonesia
                     

This grant will identify suitable, safe release sites for rehabilitated orangutans. This will be done by identifying ecologically suitable sites; determining the numbers of orangutans that each site might support; analyzing the social and politico-institutional context of the area surrounding each potential release site; determining the threats to the area’s forest and orangutans; identifying remedial actions needed to mitigate these threats; and developing a management plan and protection scheme for the selected reintroduction sites.

Assessing the health status of wild orangutan populations at Gunung Palung, Indonesia.

GA-0889 Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
Grant# F12AP00369  
FWS: $65,079 Leveraged funds: $54,390
Location: Gunung Palung, Indonesia
                     

This grant will develop and refine non-invasive standards for the assessment and detection of orangutan health status. This will be done by: (a) determining sex and age-specific fecal parasite loads; (b) introducing the use of DNA bar coding as an orangutan conservation tool; (c) determining orangutan energetic and social stress levels; (d) assessing orangutan health through non-invasive dipstick measures; and (e) investigating new methods for determining orangutan immune function.

Advancing Kloss's gibbon conservation in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia.

GA-0892 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00332  
FWS: $63,875 Leveraged funds: $18,486
Location: Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
                     

This grant will assess the threats to gibbon populations and habitats, develop a conservation action plan, prepare an outreach strategy, provide communities and government with gibbon conservation training, develop gibbon conservation partnerships with forest concessionaires and oil palm companies, and facilitate creation of a long-term, local, multi-stakeholder conservation constituency.

Addressing human-orangutan conflict (HOC) in agricultural landscapes in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

GA-0937 Orangutan Information Center
(Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari)
Grant# F12AP01153  
FWS: $48,439 Leveraged funds: $21,578
Location: Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This project will conserve orangutans through research, education, rescue, and the implementation of the best human-orangutan conflict (HOC) methods. This will be done by: (1) responding to HOC reports from agricultural communities; (2) conducting regular field monitoring of isolated populations of orangutans as well as translocated orangutans; (3) collecting and mapping data on orangutan crop-raiding and conflict reduction methods being used by communities to deter orangutans; and (4) conducting outreach and training workshops on HOC reduction methods.

Conservation strategy and action plan for endangered ape populations in Belantikan Hulu, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

GA-0940 Orangutan Foundation
Grant# F12AP01039  
FWS: $57,434 Leveraged funds: $34,209
Location: Indonesia
                     

This project will conserve the Belantikan forest ecosystem and its endangered apes as an ecologically functioning life-support system that benefits the culture, welfare, and sustainable development of local human communities. This will be done by: (1) determining the conservation status of the area's orangutan and gibbon populations; and (2) preparing a conservation strategy and action plan for them.

Monitoring and protection of reintroduced orangutans in Batikap Hill Conservation Forest, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

GA-0959 Yayasan Penyelamatan Orangutan Borneo (BOS)
Grant# F12AP01118  
FWS: $59,714 Leveraged funds: $165,226
Location: Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
                     

This project will strengthen the program which reintroduces rehabilitated orangutans into this landscape. This will be done by: (1) developing a monitoring station; (2) monitoring orangutans reintroduced in the forest; (3) providing facilities to care for reintroduced apes, if necessary; (4) providing communities, the government, and other reintroduction practitioners with regular reports on orangutan monitoring efforts, (5) continuing community programs in the two local villages.

LAOS

Closing a hole in the canopy of the Nam Kading National Protected Area (NKNPA), Lao PDR.

GA-0868 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01041  
FWS: $53,253 Leveraged funds: $55,625
Location: Nam Kading National Protected Area, Lao PDR
                     

This project will conserve important gibbon populations in Nam Kading National Protected Area (NKNPA) by implementing cooperative interventions to protect gibbon populations involving villages, the Department of Forest Inspection (DFI), the Integrated Ecosystem and Wildlife Management Project (IEWMP) and industry. This will be done by: (1) improving enforcement cooperation between government agencies and stakeholders; (2) strengthening forest-based patrolling and checkpoint operations within and adjacent to the gibbon conservation area; and (3) improving DFI enforcement of the wildlife law at markets known to be wildlife trade hotspots in Bolikhamxay Province.

MALAYSIA

Preserving the orangutans in Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia, Support to the KOCP Honorary Wildlife Wardens

GA-0738 HUTAN Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation
Grant# F12AP00128  
FWS: $43,040 Leveraged funds: $70,540
Location: Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia
                     

This project will support orangutan conservation by increasing law enforcement by honorary wardens, improving local community conservation efforts, participating in animal rescue and wildlife-human conflict operations, and performing wildlife management activities. The wardens, being villagers themselves, are in the best possible position to understand local issues and to engage local stakeholders in talks about how to better manage the areas natural resources.

Use of mature oil palm plantations by wild orangutans in Sabah, Malaysia

GA-0841 HUTAN
Grant# F12AP00150  
FWS: $50,050 Leveraged funds: $45,711
Location: Sabah, Malaysia
                     

This project will research possible uses of oil palm plantations by orangutans and assess the potential role of this landscape for long-term orangutan conservation. Specifically, this project will: (1) conduct ground field surveys of the mature palm plantations; (2) conduct an aerial survey in Lower Kinabatangan to assess the size and physical features of the agricultural landscape occupied by the orangutans; (3) conduct interviews and field surveys to assess conflicts between people and orangutans in mature oil palm plantations; and (4) produce recommendations for orangutan friendly management practices implementable in the oil palm landscape of eastern Sabah.

Development of a great ape health unit in Sabah, Malaysia.

GA-0947 EcoHealth Alliance
Grant# F12AP01117  
FWS: $44,499 Leveraged funds: $525,264
Location: Sabah, Malaysia
                     

This project will promote the health of Sabah's gibbons and orangutans by creating a new wildlife health monitoring and surveillance program that aims to minimize the risk of introducing ape populations to diseases when translocated apes are introduced into new populations from fragmented forests. Research will also be initiated that will study the link between deforestation and disease in apes.

Protecting the orangutans of Batang Ai National Park and Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, Malaysia.

GA-0958 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Grant# F12AP01040  
FWS: $52,867 Leveraged funds: $52,903
Location: Malaysia
                     

This project will strengthen protection of Bornean orangutans in and around these protected areas through more effective law enforcement. This will be done by: (1) trying to develop a joint Malaysian-Indonesian enforcement unit to address cross-border incursions by non-Malaysians; (2) equipping and training wildlife staff in ranger patrol techniques; (3) increasing the number of anti-poaching patrols; and (4) improving anti-poaching efforts by using WCS Malaysia staff as third party auditors.

VIETNAM

Community-based conservation actions for the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon in Vietnam's Bu Gia Map National Park.

GA-0887 Bu Gia Map National Park
Grant# F12AP00368  
FWS: $34,453 Leveraged funds: $13,189
Location: Bu Gia Map National Park, Vietnam
                     

This grant will increase involvement of local communities in conservation actions in order to efficiently protect the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon population and habitats in the park. This will be done by: (1) improving relationships between communities and forest rangers to aid conservation; (2) assessing economic conditions of locals and the status of the gibbon species in order to make a bottom-up model for conservation in the park; (3) gradually decreasing poaching with increasing protection for the gibbon within the park; and (4) enlisting locals in conservation efforts.

Strengthening community-based protection and species monitoring to conserve the western black-crested gibbon in northern Vietnam.

GA-0893 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00435  
FWS: $58,230 Leveraged funds: $55,604
Location: Mu Cang Chai – Muong La forest complex, Vietnam
                     

This grant will: (1) increase the ability of Community-Based Monitoring Groups to protect the Mu Cang Chai - Muong La forest complex and the gibbons that inhabit it; (2) improve the available scientific knowledge on this gibbon population, thereby providing information useful in strengthening protection measures; and (3) introduce conservation education at schools in villages surrounding the forest complex.

Strengthening conservation of yellow-cheeked crested gibbons and other endangered wildlife in the Southern Annamites Western Slopes landscape, Vietnam.

GA-0899 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00330  
FWS: $52,335 Leveraged funds: $52,295
Location: Southern Annamites Western Slopes Landscape, Vietnam
                     

This grant will do the following in the southern Annamites western slopes landscape: (a) identify key trade routes for wildlife, timber and other forest products flowing from Seima and the wider landscape in Vietnam towards Vietnamese markets; (b) identify key sites with remaining populations of yellow-cheeked crested gibbon and other endangered wildlife; (c) create accurate, up-to-date land cover maps; and (d) assess wildlife protection and crime prevention capacity in the landscape.

Building political support and enforcement capacity towards eliminating the trade in yellow-cheeked crested gibbons and other endangered species in southern Vietnam.

GA-0950 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00330  
FWS: $59,285 Leveraged funds: $58,923
Location: Vietnam
                     

This grant will provide on-the-job training in wildlife crime enforcement campaigns, develop a monitoring system for illegal consumption of wildlife, support the development of a local volunteer group focused on illegal wildlife trade, and collaborate with high level political officials to host an event to build support for fighting wildlife crimes in the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area.

Wildlife Without Borders – Latin America and Caribbean Program


In 2012, the USFWS awarded eight new grants from the Wildlife Without Borders-Latin America and the Caribbean program totaling $938,266.21, which was matched by $1,112,438.00 in leveraged funds.  Field projects in six countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported.

ARGENTINA

Developing an Interdisciplinary Graduate-level Conservation Program and Conservation Network in Argentina to Improve Conservation Education and Action Across Latin America.

LAC 12-026 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AC01120  
FWS: $136,971 Leveraged funds: $14,373
Location: Argentina
                     

This project will support the development of a self-sustaining, graduate program in Conservation Biology at the University of Buenos Aires and the design and initiation of a Conservation Network that brings together academics, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, conservation practitioners, policy makers, and students.

BRAZIL

Graduate School for Environmental Conservation and Sustainability: Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders.

LAC 12-007 Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas
Grant# F12AC01069  
FWS: $150,000 Leveraged funds: $240,000
Location: Brazil
                     

This grant will support the Graduate School for Environmental Conservation and Sustainability by covering costs related to program operations, student’s field activities, and other practical experiences that emphasize the importance of the social context of biodiversity conservation. The support will enable the school to offer partial scholarships to 15 students each year. This project will also develop ways to track graduates, explore potential alumni networks, and monitor and evaluate the training program.

CARIBBEAN

My Island My Community.

LAC 10-135 PCI Media Impact
Grant# F12AC00665  
FWS: $80,000 Leveraged funds: $0
Location: Caribbean
                     

This project will continue to implement My Island- My Community Climate change Awareness and Adaption program under cooperative agreement 96200-0-J004. The program uses entertainment education and social marketing to stimulate attitude and behavior change around biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation in 15 Caribbean countries.  This additional support will cover the salaries of PCI Media’s Caribbean team: Alleyne Regis ($53,250), Tyrone Buckmire ($15,750), and Della Ashby ($11,250) from June 1, 2012 to March 2013. The Caribbean team will continue to develop a radio serial drama that integrates key conservation messages, build national radio talk shows, and implement community action campaigns to mobilize local on-the-ground action on conservation and climate adaptation in St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Tobago, and the Bahamas.

CHINA

Conservation of the Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern: Restoration of a Lost Breeding Colony.

EA-0380 USGS and the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, Oregon State University
Grant# F12AP00957  
FWS: $24,258 Leveraged funds: $138,113
Location: Jiushan Islands, China
                     

Support the conservation effort of the Chinese crested tern (Sterna bernsteini) on the Jiushan Islands, China, by using bird decoys and audio playbacks to encourage terns to nest on suitable islands. Specific activities include: An island survey to identify suitable nesting habitat; Installation of at least 400 decoys and at least 3 audio playback systems, to encourage use by endangered species, and an observation blind to monitor endangered species use and human disturbance; Extend outreach toward government officials and local communities in support of endangered species. 

INDONESIA

Long-term conservation of maleo nesting ground in North Sulawesi through nest site protection and management.

EA-0394 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00971  
FWS: $24,902 Leveraged funds: $26,176
Location: North Sulawesi, Indonesia
                     

This project will support conservation efforts for the maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, by improving protection of nesting sites. Specific activities include: use of village guards to protect five nesting grounds, to deter poaching by people and predation by natural predators; starting an education campaign to build support for conservation and reduce egg collection; and construction of protective structures around nest sites to reduce the impact from extreme weather.

MOROCCO

Priority conservation actions for critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco.

EA-0365 Sociedad Espanola de Ornitologia
Grant# F12AP01211  
FWS: $24,821 Leveraged funds: $30,950
Location: Morocco
                     

This project will support conservation of the northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the Souss-Massa-Driia region of Morocco, by restoring cliff-breeding habitat. Conservation efforts will include: widening and cleaning cliff edges at a deserted breeding colony; installation of at least 450 decoys to attract wild birds to nesting sites; and monitoring breeding pairs at five sites to track the project’s effectiveness.

NEPAL

Curtailing retributive killing of snow leopards in Nepal by predator-proofing corrals.

EA-0367 Snow Leopard Conservancy
Grant# F12AP01003  
FWS: $24,791 Leveraged funds: $31,984
Location: Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas, Nepal
                     

This project will support conservation of the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) in the Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas, Nepal, by reducing livestock predation and improving animal husbandry practices. Conservation efforts will include: stakeholder meetings to set goals and develop village plans to reduce predation; a corral survey to identify damage hotspots and farming practices; "predator-proofing" at least six corral sites; and use of a camera trap and genotype study to engage communities in monitoring and identify problematic leopards.

Establishment of Vulture Restaurant in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, East Nepal.

EA-0363 Himalayan Nature
Grant# F12AP00999  
FWS: $21,973 Leveraged funds: $6,490
Location: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, East Nepal
                     

This project will support conservation efforts for three endangered vulture species with a “vulture restaurant” of diclofenac free, safe carcasses and a community outreach to substitute the use of a veterinary drug used on other animals for a vulture safe alternative. Diclofenac, a veterinary drug used on local domestic animals has resulted in the dramatic decline of vultures in south Asia.

PERU

Creation and Management of the Proposed private Conservation Area "Los Chilchos" in Leymebamba, Peru.

EA-0330 Ucumari
Grant# F12AP01212  
FWS: $24,460 Leveraged funds: $24,500
Location: Leymebamba, Peru
                     

This project will support conservation of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) in central Peru. Conservation efforts will include: establishing a private conservation area for the species and other wildlife in the region; and an education campaign and sustainable development program to maintain support for the protected area among local communities.

Conservation of the White-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus): Creating new protected areas and protecting habitat in the departments of Junin and Lima, Peru.

EA-0368 American Bird Conservancy
Grant# F12AP00889  
FWS: $24,915 Leveraged funds: $32,624
Location: Junin and Lima, Peru
                     

This project will maintain conservation efforts for the white-bellied cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus) in central Peru by aiding in the creation of a new protected area for the species. Specific activities include: development of a species Rapid Action Conservation Plan to guide efforts in the Ticlio and Marcapomacocha areas; meetings with stakeholders to build support for a new protected area; legal and mapping preparation to gain governmental approval of the new protected area; and community outreach to reduce grazing pressure in key habitat.

PHILIPPINES

Philippine Eagle Conservation Project.

EA-0387 Peregrine Fund
Grant# F12AP00970  
FWS: $25,000 Leveraged funds: $42,900
Location: Mindanao Island, Philippines
                     

This project will support efforts to conserve the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) on Mindanao Island, Philippines, by improving protection of nesting pairs. Project activities include: monitoring of at least four adult eagles with satellite tags; doing a nest site survey to determine suitable breeding habitat. Manage an awareness campaign to build support for species conservation and to reduce eagle deaths due to persecution and accidental capture in snares intended for wild pigs and deer.

VIETNAM

Conservation of the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in Quan Ba District.

EA-0373 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00912  
FWS: $24,611 Leveraged funds: $10,155
Location: Quan Ba District, northern Vietnam
                     

This project will support a conservation effort for the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) in northern Vietnam, by improving forest management and species protection. Includes supporting dialogue between stakeholders and forest advisory commitee, community patrols to prevent hunting of species and other illegal activities and the use of an awareness campaign to promote sustainable forest management.

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Wildlife Without Borders - Marine Turtle Conservation Fund


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 42 new grants from the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund totaling $1,828,495.00, which was matched by $2,211,533.00 in leveraged funds. Field projects in 28 countries (in alphabetical order below) will be supported, in addition to one project that involves multiple countries.

BARBADOS

Building capacity for conservation of hawksbill turtles in Barbados.

MT 12-037 University of West Indies
Grant# F12AP00327  
FWS: $36,850 Leveraged funds: $78,200
Location: Barbados
                     

This grant will continue long-term conservation programs at key hawksbill nesting beaches in Barbados, home to one of the three largest hawksbill nesting populations in the Caribbean.

CAPE VERDE

Protecting loggerhead turtle nesting beaches on Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, 2012.

MT 12-002 Turtle Foundation
Grant# F12AP00761  
FWS: $77,010 Leveraged funds: $227,983
Location: Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde
                     

This grant will support nighttime beach patrols to protect nesting female turtles from illegal slaughter at important nesting beaches on Boa Vista which hosts 90% of the Cape Verde nesting population. The grantee will also organize the annual meeting for the Cape Verde Sea Turtle Partnership and implement public awareness programs in schools and communities throughout the island.

Protection of nesting loggerhead turtles in Cape Verde, Africa.

MT 12-012 SOS Tartarugas
Grant# F12AC00161  
FWS: $42,214 Leveraged funds: $86,686
Location: Cape Verde, Africa
                     

This grant will support night patrols at important loggerhead nesting beaches on the island of Sal to prevent killing of nesting females, train locals to carry out marine turtle conservation activities on the islands of Sal, Maio and San Nicolau, and support conservation outreach activities on Sal to local and municipal government, police, military, citizens, and tourists.

Intensifying protection efforts to stop the widespread killing of loggerheads at major nesting beaches on the island of Maio, Cape Verde.

MT 12-046 Maio Biodiversity Foundation
Grant# F12AP00336  
FWS: $8,000 Leveraged funds: $1,200
Location: Island of Maio, Cape Verde
                     

This grant will support increasing patrols by trained local community members at six main nesting beaches. The goal is to dramatically reduce the poaching of eggs and killing of nesting females to less than 10% compared to over 60% in the 2011 nesting season. The grant also supports a community education outreach program to engage local communities in sea turtle conservation issues and solutions.

Strengthening marine turtle national and international conservation strategies in Cape Verde: strict protection and proper management of loggerheads.

MT 12-030 Cabo Verde Natura 2000
Grant# F12AC00310  
FWS: $71,000 Leveraged funds: $202,500
Location: Cape Verde
                     

This grant will support field staff and provide material support for two field camps that effectively protect about 75% of the nesting on the Island of Boa Vista, which accounts for 90% of the Cape Verde loggerhead nesting population. These camps cover beaches that complement the coverage of Turtle Foundation activities on Boa Vista.

CAMBODIA

Protection and management of marine turtle habitat in Cambodia's first Marine Protected Area (MPA).

MT 12-084 Flora and Fauna International
Grant# F12AP00879  
FWS: $29,999 Leveraged funds: $24,999
Location: Cambodia
                     

This grant will support establishment of a 300 sq. km marine protected area around the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Sanloem and ensure integration of marine turtle conservation needs in the MPA and its management. The grantee will map turtle foraging grounds within the MPA, identify threats to marine turtles and conservation actions needed within the MPA, and provide technical and training support to Cambodia Fisheries Agency and students from University of Phnom Penh working in the MPA.

CAMEROON

Support for the creation of the Elombo Marine National Park, Cameroon.

MT 12-053 Chelonee
Grant# F12AP01159  
FWS: $13,932 Leveraged funds: $12,344
Location: Elombo Marine National Park, Cameroon
                     

This grant supports nest surveys and nest protection within the proposed marine national park and enables the grantee to assist the Ministry of Environment with fishing community meetings to address concerns and opposition to the planned Park.

COSTA RICA

Sea Turtle Research, Conservation and Capacity Building at Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

MT 12-081 Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC)
Grant# F12AP00660  
FWS: $20,000 Leveraged funds: $299,967
Location: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
                     

This grant supports capacity building throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through STC's Tortuguero training program in marine turtle research and management techniques, community involvement, and ecotourism for regional biologists, natural resource managers and community leaders.

Regional assessment and conservation of arribada olive ridley sea turtles.

MT 12-040 Southeastern Louisiana University
Grant# F12AP00334  
FWS: $40,000 Leveraged funds: $31,026
Location: Costa Rica
                     

This grant will support a continuation of simultaneous regional estimates of the olive ridley, arribada nesting populations and hatching rates in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

COTE’D’IVOIRE

Conservation of marine turtles of Mani Beach (Ivory Coast-West Africa).

MT 12-061 SOS-Forêts
Grant# F12AP00659  
FWS: $24,948 Leveraged funds: $29,700
Location: Cote’d’Ivoire
                     

This grant supports a conservation project on an important leatherback nesting beach in Cote d'Ivoire. The project will involve local communities and university students to monitor and protect nests from poaching along an 18 km stretch of beach as well as conduct environmental education outreach with local communities.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Strengthening of nest monitoring and protection and launching of a sea turtle release program on the Muanda shoreline.

MT 12-087 Action Communautaire de Development et d'Encadrement Social (ACODES)
Grant# F12AP01085  
FWS: $15,204 Leveraged funds: $1,257
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
                     

This grant supports a community based sea turtle conservation project along Muanda nesting beaches in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The recipient will patrol four nesting beaches to protect nesting olive ridley and leatherbacks as well as work with community artisanal fisherman to protect and release turtles captured in fishing nets. Education and awareness campaigns will also be conducted in local schools and communities.

ECUADOR

A conservation program for East Pacific green turtles nesting in the Galapagos archipelago.

MT 12-059 Charles Darwin Foundation
Grant# F12AP00885  
FWS: $35,305 Leveraged funds: $62,878
Location: Galapagos archipelago
                     

This grant supports efforts to establish an integrated long term conservation program for East Pacific green turtles at Galapagos National Park through monitoring long term population trends at the primary nesting beaches, determining key threats for appropriate national park intervention, community outreach, and National Park capacity building.

EL SALVADOR

Reducing threats and sustaining hawksbill turtle conservation in El Salvador.

MT 12-033 The Ocean Foundation
Grant# F12AP00325  
FWS: $49,882 Leveraged funds: $70,510
Location: El Salvador
                     

This grant will support conservation programs for the largest remaining hawksbill nesting population in the Eastern Pacific at three sites covering 37 km of beach. The grantee will address local threats to turtles such as illegal blast fishing by training law enforcement and working to get communities to adopt sustainable fishing practices.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Equatorial Guinea 2011-2012, growing threats for sea turtle conservation.

MT 12-047 National Institute for Forestry Development and Management of Protected Areas of Equatorial Guinea
Grant# F12AP00990  
FWS: $34,000 Leveraged funds: $23,500
Location: Equatorial Guinea
                     

This grant supports a community based conservation project at Bioko Island, which hosts one of the most important leatherback nesting populations in West Africa. It also supports development of a marine turtle conservation program on important mainland nesting beaches at Rio Campo as well as a national outreach campaign.

GABON

The Gabon Sea Turtle Partnership for leatherback conservation, 2012-2013.

MT 12-060 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP01122  
FWS: $200,000 Leveraged funds: $63,037
Location: Gabon
                     

This grant will support nesting beach conservation programs for one of the two largest leatherback nesting populations in the world through an alliance of National Park, NGO, and local community participants. The grant also supports the National Commission for National Parks to increase its capacity to address substantial sea turtle bycatch from legal and illegal coastal fisheries within and adjacent to coastal National Parks.

Sea Turtle Technical Assistance in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa 2012-2013.

MT 12-024 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00269  
FWS: $46,195 Leveraged funds: $24,656
Location: Gabon/ West Africa
                     

This grant will support on site coordination of the Gabon Sea Turtle Partnership and provide technical support for high priority sea turtle projects in Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Sao Tome, Principe, and Equatorial Guinea. This grant will also support efforts with local Benga communities in Corisco Bay, Gabon to develop conservation activities and sustainable alternatives to sea turtle exploitation to compensate monetary loss resulting from the local 2009 ban on sea turtle harvesting.

GHANA

Strengthening the local capacity to integrate research, education, and ecotourism into meaningful sea turtle management strategies in Ghana.

MT 12-050 Florida Gulf Coast University
Grant# F12AP00875  
FWS: $10,858 Leveraged funds: $11,250
Location: Ghana
                     

This grant supports community based nest survey and protection patrols along 20 km of nesting beach within Muni-Pomadze Marine Protected Reserve and sea turtle education programs in local schools and workshops with fishing communities.

GUINEA-BISSAU

Conservation and management of sea turtle populations in the Bijagos Archipelago (Guinea-Bissau): engaging local communities and strengthening national technical capacity.

MT 12-069 IPSA University
Grant# F12AP01150  
FWS: $19,936 Leveraged funds: $28,500
Location: Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau
                     

This grant supports capacity building of local communities and the National Park Agency (IBAP) to carry out sea turtle conservation programs at Joao Vieira-Poilao Marine National Park and Orango National Park where poaching of nests and nesting females is still common. These Parks respectively host the largest green turtle nesting population in Africa and one of the largest olive ridley nesting population in the region.

INDIA

Expand and strengthen community involvement in sea turtle conservation program.

MT 12-041 TREE Foundation
Grant# F12AP00335  
FWS: $20,000 Leveraged funds: $32,960
Location: Orissa, India
                     

This grant will support community-based sea turtle conservation projects along 120 km of nesting beaches on the Bay of Bengal involving 30 villages. Conservation efforts include nesting survey and protection activities, outreach to fishing communities to address sea turtle bycatch which impacts the major olive ridely arribada nesting populations.

Strengthening the network for Conservation of Marine Turtles in India.

MT 12-052 Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
Grant# F12AP00881  
FWS: $55,000 Leveraged funds: $42,000
Location: India
                     

This grant supports the 5th Annual National Workshop that brings together network members throughout India to review action plans and assign specific responsibilities for implementation. The workshop also provides training and support for standardized monitoring protocols at index beaches to build capacity of local community members and government officials for data collection and management. The grant also supports standardized surveys of the olive ridley arribada nesting population at Rushikulya, one of the eight remaining large olive ridley nesting populations in the world.

INDONESIA

Conservation of endangered Western Pacific leatherbacks in Jamursba Medi and Wermon Beaches of Abun MPA in Papua Barat, Indonesia.

MT 12-015 State University of Papua, Indonesia
Grant# F12AP00107  
FWS: $85,250 Leveraged funds: $93,600
Location: Papua Barat, Indonesia
                     

This grant will support conservation of the largest remaining Western Pacific leatherback nesting population and ensure the effective involvement of local communities in the recovery program.

LIBERIA

Community based sea turtle conservation project, Rivercess County, Liberia.

MT 12-074 Save My Future (SAMFU)
Grant# F12AP00789  
FWS: $32,000 Leveraged funds: $3,400
Location: Rivercess County, Liberia
                     

This grant will support continuation of community efforts to protect nesting leatherback, hawksbills and olive ridley sea turtles along 13 km of nesting beach.

Coastal protection of sea turtle in Bassa Point, Little Bassa and Edina, Liberia.

MT 12-075 Sea Turtle Watch
Grant# F12AP01090  
FWS: $15,004 Leveraged funds: $6,193
Location: Liberia
                     

This grant supports community based nest survey and protection efforts along 20 km of nesting beach and community outreach activities including establishment of four marine nature clubs with school youth, and work with local community leaders to develop community action plans to conserve sea turtles.

MEXICO

Population Restoration project for the Kemp's ridley sea turtle on the Tamaulipas coast of Mexico.

MT 12-016 Gladys Porter Zoo
Grant# F12AP00205  
FWS: $19,000 Leveraged funds: $0
Location: Tamaulipas coast, Mexico
                     

This grant will provide funds for two ATVs for beach patrols to monitor and protect nesting activities along the main Kemp's ridley nesting beaches in Mexico as well support conservation education outreach activities with local communities.

Biological monitoring and surveillance of sea turtle nesting beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

MT 12-017 Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan, A.C
Grant# F12AP00266  
FWS: $24,958 Leveraged funds: $29,043
Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
                     

This grant will support monitoring and nesting beach conservation programs for three major hawksbill nesting beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, as well as public outreach and awareness programs in communities adjacent to the nesting beaches.

Conservation of the Japanese nesting loggerhead turtle: mortality assessment and outreach at the BCS Mexico juvenile foraging area.

MT 12-034 The Ocean Foundation
Grant# F12AP00326  
FWS: $27,154 Leveraged funds: $62,718
Location: Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico
                     

This grant will support the continued systematic stranding surveys of BCS, which is an important way of assessing the impacts of local fisheries on the major loggerhead foraging site at BCS. This grant will also support outreach efforts while working with local communities, fishers, and other stakeholders to address the sea turtle bycatch mortality issue.

Conservation of the leatherback turtle in the Mexican Pacific, 2012-2013 nesting season.

MT 12-049 Kutzari
Grant# F12AP00978  
FWS: $92,722 Leveraged funds: $105,365
Location: Mexico
                     

This grant supports nest surveys and protection at the four primary leatherback nesting beaches which account for over 40% of leatherback nesting in Pacific Mexico. The grantee will operate turtle camps at the four main nesting beaches of Cahuitan, Tierra Colorada, Mexiquillo and Barra de la Cruz, and conduct daily and nightly patrols along these beaches to protect nests from poaching, depredation and tidal inundation. The grantee will also provide technical support and training for a community-based group working at the important secondary beach of Chacahua-La Tuza.

Population recovery of the black sea turtle of Michoacán, Mexico.

MT 12-054 University of Michoacán
Grant# F12AP01088  
FWS: $24,999 Leveraged funds: $0
Location: Michoacán, Mexico
                     

This grant will support a community based nesting beach conservation program for the black turtle at Colola and Maruata Beaches, the two most important nesting beaches for this species in the East Pacific.

NAMIBIA

Building capacity to promote leatherback research and conservation in Namibia.

MT 12-031 Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project (NACOMA)
Grant# F12AP00781  
FWS: $10,000 Leveraged funds: $3,200
Location: Namibia
                     

This grant will support efforts to strengthen the Namibian stranding network and provide training to improve data collection of in-water sea turtle sightings, particularly of foraging leatherbacks in Walvis Bay. This grant will provide an important expansion to the FWS West African leatherback initiative focusing on a potentially critical foraging site for the West African nesting population.

NICARAGUA

Strengthening conservation of critically endangered leatherback and hawksbill marine turtles on Nicaragua's Pacific coast.

MT 12-020 Flora and Fauna International
Grant# F12AP00267  
FWS: $58,607 Leveraged funds: $58,160
Location: Pacific coast of Nicaragua
                     

This grant will support nesting beach conservation programs for the three most important East Pacific leatherback populations in Nicaragua and a hawksbill conservation program at the recently discovered nesting site at Estero Padre Ramos. This site accounts for 40-50% of all East Pacific hawksbill nesting. Grantee will work closely with local communities and stakeholders as partners in the conservation programs.

Conservation of Hawksbill Turtles in Caribbean, Nicaragua.

MT 12-023 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00268  
FWS: $68,001 Leveraged funds: $58,160
Location: Caribbean, Nicaragua
                     

This grant will support the monitoring and protection of hawksbill nesting populations on twelve of the Pearl Keys and 42 km of beach at El Cocal and supports efforts with local communities to develop and expand conservation through ecotourism.

PANAMA

Hawksbill and leatherback turtle research and population recovery project in Panama.

MT 12-014 Sea Turtle Conservancy
Grant# F12AP00206  
FWS: $54,725 Leveraged funds: $42,775
Location: Panama
                     

This grant will support efforts to restore Chiriqui Beach’s hawksbill nesting population turtles once the largest in the Caribbean. This project is in partnership with the local Nogbe Indian communities and will also support monitoring and protection of the largest leatherback nesting population in the Western Caribbean.

REGIONAL

Scientific and technical support for marine turtle conservation projects along the Atlantic Coast of Africa.

MT 12-066 Ocean Ecology Network
Grant# F12AP01174  
FWS: $51,618 Leveraged funds: $27,680
Location: Atlantic Coast of Africa
                     

This grant will provide technical support for MTCA funded projects in Morocco, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Principe, Angola and Namibia and build capacity of implementing project personnel and institutions in the area of scientific techniques, methodologies and community involvement.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Marine turtle monitoring and protection in the Republic of Congo.

MT 12-068 Renatura
Grant# F12AP01127  
FWS: $24,999 Leveraged funds: $33,482
Location: Republic of the Congo
                     

This grant will support efforts to protect nesting leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles along 20 km of nesting beach adjacent to Conkouati-Douli National Park as well as continuation of a turtle bycatch release program with local fisherman that releases approximately 1,500 turtles annually. An environmental outreach program with local communities is an integral component of the project.

Marine turtle monitoring and conservation tools in Conkouati-Douli National Park, Republic of Congo, 2012-2013.

MT 12-080 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00703  
FWS: $71,717 Leveraged funds: $45,782
Location: Conkouati-Douli National Park, Republic of Congo
                     

This grant would support a leatherback conservation program along 60 km of leatherback nesting beach within Conkouati-Douli National Park which is contiguous with the major leatherback nesting population in Mayumba National Park, Gabon. This grant will also support marine enforcement patrols by the Park in the waters extending five km from the Park's shoreline to deter illegal foreign industrial fishing vessels which are the cause of sea turtle bycatch mortality within the Park.

SIERRA LEONE

Continued development of a marine turtle conservation program for Sierra Leone, and leatherback conservation initiative at the Turtle and Bonthe/Sherbro Islands.

MT 12-057 Edward Aruna
Grant# F12AP01063  
FWS: $67,445 Leveraged funds: $9,262
Location: Sierra Leone
                     

This grant supports community based conservation programs for marine turtle conservation at key leatherback nesting beaches in Sierra Leone with a special emphasis on community involvement, capacity building, and environmental outreach with fisherman and local communities.

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Solomon Islands community based leatherback monitoring, education, and awareness programs for Tetepare and Rendova Island.

MT 12-065 Tetepare Descendants Association
Grant# F12AP01149  
FWS: $31,224 Leveraged funds: $8,500
Location: Tetepare and Rendova Island
                     

This grant will support community based nesting beach conservation programs for two important leatherback nesting beaches in the Solomon Islands which are part of the critically endangered West Pacific leatherback nesting population.

SPAIN

Building capacity to reduce bycatch mortality from Spanish fisheries impacting NW Atlantic nesting loggerhead population.

MT 12-070 KAI Marine Services
Grant# F12AP00991  
FWS: $30,250 Leveraged funds: $45,125
Location: Fisheries in the Atlantic
                     

This grant supports workshops for captains and crews of Spanish long line fisheries vessels, which are the most impactful fleet in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean for loggerhead bycatch. Captains and crews will be taught bycatch mitigation measures, safe handling, and release techniques for turtles. A website will be developed to enable the rapid dissemination of information to scientists, fisherman and government policymakers in the Mediterranean region on bycatch issues and reduction measures.

SRI LANKA

Community based in-situ marine turtle nest protection and research program at Kosgoda and Rekawa in Sri Lanka.

MT 12-039 Turtle Conservation Project
Grant# F12AP00328  
FWS: $15,000 Leveraged funds: $58,400
Location: Sri Lanka
                     

This grant will support community-based nest survey and protection efforts as well as educational outreach activities at a regionally important nesting beach. This project is a model program and serves as a demonstration project for the poorly managed nesting beaches throughout Sri Lanka.

OMAN

Strategic development of initiatives for marine turtle conservation at Masirah Island, Oman.

MT 12-035 Oman Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and Environment Society of Oman
Grant# F12AP00294  
FWS: $99,000 Leveraged funds: $120,820
Location: Masirah Island, Oman
                     

This grant will improve marine turtle conservation by providing support for: (1) the Ministry of Environment rangers to conduct nesting surveys to monitor population trends of the world's largest loggerhead nesting population; and (2) a public outreach program for marine turtle conservation issues in Oman which includes a special outreach effort to Masirah Island community with a Turtle Celebration event at the beginning of the loggerhead nesting season.

VIETNAM

Support community based marine turtle nesting beach conservation in Vietnam.

MT 12-045 The World Conservation Union – Vietnam
Grant# F12AP00225  
FWS: $54,648 Leveraged funds: $35,134
Location: Vietnam
                     

This grant will support community-based sea turtle conservation programs targeted at restoration of a once significant but now depleted leatherback nesting population and a community-based hawksbill conservation project for a depleted nesting and foraging population in and near Bai Tu Long National Park.

Immediate action to reduce the commercial trade of marine turtles in Vietnam.

MT 12-006 Education for Nature -Vietnam
Grant# F12AP00295  
FWS: $19,840 Leveraged funds: $9,581
Location: Vietnam
                     

This grant will support efforts to identify key centers of activity for illegal take and trade of sea turtles as well as efforts to work with media and key national, regional, and local decision makers, and law enforcement officials to address the illegal hunting.

Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico Program


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 18 new grants from the Wildlife Without Borders-Mexico program totaling $630,561.68, which was matched by $1,625,398.00 in leveraged funds.

Smart Schools: Green Practices in Baja California, Mexico.

MX 12-004 San Diego Natural History Museum
Grant# F12AP00210  
FWS: $43,000 Leveraged funds: $36,908
Location: Baja California, Mexico
                     

This project will continue an environmental education model that increases the number of schools, teachers, students, and community members that become long-term stewards of their local environment in Mexicali, Baja California. The Smart Schools Program model enables schools to create sustainable, environmentally friendly changes in the day-to-day running of the school, and helps local schools fulfill their mandate to teach environmental education.

Non-Timber Forest Products as a Sustainable Livelihood in Guerrero, Mexico.

MX 12-006 Grupo de Estudios Ambientales, A.C. (GEA AC)
Grant# F12AP00246  
FWS: $33,000 Leveraged funds: $64,000
Location: Guerrero, Mexico
                     

This project will provide farmers with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustainably harvest wild agave plants (Agave cupreata) as a non-timber forest product to produce an alternative and sustainable source of income for their families.

Capacity Building for the Implementation of Adaptive Management Principles for Biological Monitoring of Natural Protected Areas in the Tropical Forests of Mexico.

MX 12-007 National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Grant# F12AP00282  
FWS: $38,000 Leveraged funds: $52,533
Location: Mexico
                     

Training park rangers and administration officials on biological monitoring and its application will help reduce the dramatic loss of tropical forests in Mexico. In an effort to conserve this ecosystem, officials will train and strengthen the Mexican National Commission of NPA expertise.

Establishing Community Patrols for the Protection of Wildlife in the Rural Region of Guadalcazar and Implementing Training Workshops for the Management of Confiscated Wildlife Species in Urban Areas of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

MX 12-016 TAMPADHUM, A.C.
Grant# F12AP00280  
FWS: $19,000 Leveraged funds: $13,040
Location: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
                     

This project seeks to alter the perception and attitudes of rural communities involved in the illegal trade of wild flora and fauna by involving them in wildlife protection and conservation process. Technical protocols will also be developed to handle conflicts arising from the presence of illegally traded wildlife in urban environments.

Strengthening the Capacities of Extension Workers/Community Promoters on Natural Resource Use and Climate Change Mitigation Strategies in Central and Southern Mexico.

MX 12-022 Centro Campesino para el Desarrollo Sustentable, A.C. (Campesino, AC)
Grant# F12AP00283  
FWS: $33,000 Leveraged funds: $55,675
Location: Central and southern Mexico
                     

Provide specialized training to a group of 25 extension workers/promoters from 10 NGOs and community groups to become future instructors on topics such as leadership, social values and the environment, gender roles, sustainable development, communication methods and outreach tools, community organizing, participatory planning, agro ecological techniques, legal frameworks and environmental laws, adaptive management, capacity-building, and problem-solving.

Establishment of a Community based Environmental Management Unit (UMA) as an Economic Alternative for the Rarámuri Indigenous Communities of Guachochi-Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

MX 12-023 Consejo Ecoregional Sierra Tarahumara, A.C. (CESTAC)
Grant# F12AP00248  
FWS: $20,000 Leveraged funds: $51,290
Location: Chihuahua, Mexico
                     

This project will work with the Rarámuri indigenous people to: 1) implement an environmental training and education program to lay the social basis of a community managed Environmental Management Units (UMA) as a sustainable economic alternative for the inhabitants of the Guachochi-Batapilas. 2) Develop appropriate educational materials that respond to the needs and worldview of the Rarámuri people. 3) Establish a group of cherames (indigenous seniors) to rescue and disseminate the traditional values that will guide the conservation actions of the Rarámuri community. 4) Create a “Saving the Ravine” group with children and youth so sensitize and integrate them in the conservation of biodiversity. 5) Implement an ethnographic biodiversity monitoring program to assess potential use of species for the UMA.

Latin American School of Park Rangers, Chiapas, Mexico.

MX 12-026 Secretaria de Medio Ambiente e Historia Natural de Chiapas (SEMAHN)
Grant# F12AP00245  
FWS: $32,000 Leveraged funds: $140,554
Location: Chiapas, Mexico
                     

Improve the quality of training for Mexican park wardens and other natural resources professionals working in municipal, state and national protected areas

Ethno-community Management of Natural Resources, Bio-Cultural Ranger Training and Environmental Education as a Conservation Strategy in the Biological Corridor Urique. Sierra Tarahumara, Chihuahua, Mexico.

MX 12-032 Ecologia and Comunidad Sustentable, A.C. (ECOS AC)
Grant# F12AP00281  
FWS: $17,990 Leveraged funds: $49,478
Location: Chihuahua, Mexico
                     

This project will further management and protection of territories by establishing Areas for Moral Conservation for the voluntary conservation of natural areas that perpetuate the Raramuri indigenous beliefs while allowing for the efficient management and protection of the territories.

Development of Strategies and Initiatives to Strengthen Protective Measures for the Conservation of Marine Turtles in Eight Nesting Beaches of the Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico.

MX 12-039 Union de Sociedades Cooperativas de la Red de Humedales de la Costa de Oaxaca, SC de RL de CV (Red de Humedales)
Grant# F12AP00277  
FWS: $25,000 Leveraged funds: $26,262
Location: Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico
                     

Train community members on the operation, protection and population recovery measures for three species of marine turtles (Leatherback, Black and Olive Ridley turtles), by protecting healthy nesting areas and implementing control measures on the number domestic and international tourists that visit the area.

Certificate Course on the Management of Environmental Units for the Conservation of the Wildlife (UMAS), State of Veracruz, Mexico.

MX 12-041 Universidad Veracruzana
Grant# F12AP00249  
FWS: $50,000 Leveraged funds: $21,000
Location: State of Veracruz, Mexico
                     

Strengthen the capacity of land owners, workers, and authorities in charge of the establishment, administration and certification of the more than 500 managed environmental units located in the state of Veracruz.

Participatory Environmental Education Program and Network of Youth Environmental Promoters, State of Chiapas, Mexico.

MX 12-046 Centro de Formacion para la Sustentabilidad Moxviquil, A.C. (Moxviquil AC)
Grant# F12AP00276  
FWS: $38,000 Leveraged funds: $24,130
Location: State of Chiapas, Mexico
                     

Change society’s attitudes and actions towards the conservation of the natural protected areas (NPA) in the state of Chiapas by the developing a participatory environmental education program for school children, youth and teachers.

Community Based Strategy for Indigenous Communities, Ejidatarios and Private Landowners for the Integrated Management of the Arroyo Guadalupe Watershed in Baja California, Mexico.

MX 12-052 Terra Peninsular, A.C. (Terra AC)
Grant# F12AP00247  
FWS: $38,000 Leveraged funds: $52,310
Location: Baja California, Mexico
                     

Achieve the conservation of critical areas in the Arroyo Guadalupe watershed in Baja California through the establishment of federal, state and private protected areas, private conservation agreements, and training in GIS community-based watershed management techniques for federal, state, and municipal personnel.

A Conservation and Training Program for the Winter Breeding Habitats of the Humpback Whales in the Nayarit, Jalisco, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

MX 12-054 Ecologia y Conservacion de Ballenas, A.C. (ECOBAC AC)
Grant# F12AP00370  
FWS: $36,814 Leveraged funds: $100,216
Location: Nayarit, Jalisco and Oaxaca Mexico
                     

This project will provide whale-watching training for local businesses and communities which operate boats to reduce the impact of such activities on the whales. This project will also produce and distribute educational items, like pamphlets, broadcast daily radio messages about good navigation practices and whale conservation, and provide immediate response assistance to whale-boat collisions.

Local Training for Ecological Restoration: Reestablishing Ecological Connectivity for Conservation of Wildlife in Buffer Zones of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche, Mexico.

MX 12-055 Consejo Regional Indigena y Popular de Xpujil, S.C. (Xpujil)
Grant# F12AP00244  
FWS: $30,000 Leveraged funds: $30,392
Location: Campeche, Mexico
                     

Through this project, Xpujil will improve the connectivity at the landscape level of the buffer zones around the Reserve by implementing workshops for landowners on the human dimension of environmental restoration, connectivity for biodiversity conservation, species selection and ecological restoration techniques, native plant propagation and relocation, intensive agricultural production using agro-ecological techniques, and use of silvopastoral systems as a landscape connectivity alternative.

Alebrijes from Oaxaca: Conservation of Copalillo Wood for Carving, State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

MX 12-060 National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Grant# F12AP00250  
FWS: $19,000 Leveraged funds: $39,492
Location: State of Oaxaca, Mexico
                     

This grant will support conservation of the copalillo tree by establishing a community network that incorporates sustainable use and extraction of copalillo wood.

Building the Capacity of Managers and Enforcement Officials to Protect Biodiversity in the Yucatán Peninsula and Mexican Caribbean Protected Areas, Mexico.

MX 12-067 Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
Grant# F12AP00220  
FWS: $40,000 Leveraged funds: $47,919
Location: Yucatán Peninsula and Mexican Caribbean Protected Areas, Mexico
                     

Additional development and training of resource managers and government officials to increase their understanding of national and international law about biodiversity conservation, management and protection of existing protected areas, and enforcement and compliance issues.

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Border Wildlife State Agencies Participation at the 2012 Canada/Mexico/US Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management.

MX 12-072 Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Border Wildlife State Agencies
Grant# F12AP00208  
FWS: $6,124.08 Leveraged funds: $7,500
Location: Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
                     

The XVII Annual Meeting of Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 14-18, 2012. Through this project, representatives from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, California Department of Game and Fish, New Mexico Game and Fish, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) were able to participate in the meeting. AFWA and border state agencies representatives presented data relevant to ongoing bi-national projects along the U.S.-Mexico Border, North America Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), and Southern Wings Program. Direct benefits to the border state agencies included increased species distribution, exchange of wildlife genetic material and bi-national recovery of endangered species and their habitats. AFWA and border state agencies representatives will produce a Trilateral Committee report detailing their activities throughout the meeting.

Training for Conservation

MX 12-073 National Council for Protected Areas of the Government of Mexico (CONANP), the National Institute of Ecology of the Government of Mexico (INE), and the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN)
Grant# F12AC01307  
FWS: $111,633.60 Leveraged funds: $812,699
Location: Mexico
                     

Further training will be given to 100 Mexican field operation employees. The training has been designed from the recommendations of a comprehensive assessment of training needs. This training will aid in the support of conserving important protected areas in Mexico, and will be critical in conserving biodiversity.

Wildlife Without Borders - Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund


In 2012, the USFWS awarded 50 new grants from the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund totaling $2,618,296.00, which was matched by $3,321,273.00 in leveraged funds. Field projects in 16 countries (in alphabetical order by region below) will be supported, in addition to two projects that involve multiple countries.

ASIA

In 2012, the USFWS awarded 33 new grants in ten Asian countries, totaling $1,750,093.00 in USFWS funding which was matched by $1,914,708.00 in leveraged funds.

BANGLADESH

Bringing about social change to reduce key threats to tigers in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh.

RT-1222 Wild Team (Formerly Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh)
Grant# F12AP00313  
FWS: $56,436 Leveraged funds: $135,985
Location: Sundarbans, Bangladesh
                     

This grant will initiate a five year education and outreach program directed at improving the sense of ownership of the tiger population among the men, women and children living in the vicinity of the Sundarban. Year one activities including meetings for local opinion leaders, community camps and boat races for men, women's festivals, school based painting contests for children and other cultural events which will address the complex social and economic drivers behind behaviors that threaten the human tiger relationships.

Improving village tiger response team (VTRT) handling of stray tiger incidents in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh.

RT-1223 Wild Team (Formerly Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh)
Grant# F12AP00314  
FWS: $48,704 Leveraged funds: $36,499
Location: Sundarbans, Bangladesh
                     

This grant will empower local communities to play their part in saving tigers and securing their villages from tiger human conflict by strengthening links between the local communities and local government and by enhancing the response to tiger conflict situations. This will be done by increasing VTRT non-financial incentives; clarifying and publicizing the roles and responsibilities of the VTRTs in managing conflict situations, taking steps to increase the authority of the VTRTs in their communities and developing 20 additional VTRT teams along the Sundarbans-village boundary.

Improving detection and prosecution of tiger and tiger prey criminals in Bangladesh.

RTCF-1249 Wild Team (Formerly Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh)
Grant# F12AP00891  
FWS: $18,829 Leveraged funds: $12,388
Location: Bangladesh
                     

This grant will respond to the onset of tiger and prey poaching in the Sundarbans in Bangladesh by strengthening key components of the detection process and the prosecution system. This will be done by: (1) investigating the suitability of camera trapping as a tool for wildlife crime detection; (2) deploying cameras to increase crime detection; (3) conducting an assessment of the wildlife crime prosecution system in Bangladesh; (4) producing a plan to strengthen the prosecution system in the medium term; and (5) contributing to the slowing of the immediate poaching and trade issue by supporting and publicizing the successful prosecution of one to three cases.

Bringing about social change to reduce key threats to tigers in the Bangladesh Sundarbans, Year2

RT-1250 Wild Team (Formerly Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh)
Grant# F12AP00929  
FWS: $54,646 Leveraged funds: $152,385
Location: Bangladesh
                     

This project will use conservation education and public outreach to encourage local inhabitants to commit to not killing tigers or their prey by increasing social disapproval of these behaviors and by promoting saving tigers as heroism. This will be done by organizing a series of appropriately tailored outreach programs for teachers, journalists, religious leaders, local politicians and village men and women; organizing a boat race; erecting tiger conservation campaign banners, and carrying out the second annual Sundarbans Tiger Festival.

Community monitoring of conflict tigers in the Bangladesh Sundarbans.

RT-1251 Wild Team (Formerly Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh)
Grant# F12AP00892  
FWS: $33,473 Leveraged funds: $16,709
Location: Bangladesh Sundarbans
                     

The project will ensure the long-term conservation of the Sundarbans' tigers by reducing tiger-human conflict (THC) by 70% by 2015. This will be done by creating an early warning THC system that empowers local communities to safeguard their villages from conflict tigers.

CHINA

Strengthening collaborative efforts to fight tiger and other illegal wildlife trade on the Vietnam-China border.

RT-1279 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00913  
FWS: $58,046 Leveraged funds: $57,812
Location: Border of Vietnam and China
                     

This grant will strengthen collaborative efforts to fight tiger and other illegal wildlife trade on this border. This will be done by: (1) developing multi-agency monitoring systems for transnational wildlife crimes and law enforcement; (2) strengthening capacity and building conservation support among frontline border enforcement officers; and (3) building support within national and regional government agencies to more effectively address cross border wildlife crimes.

INDIA

Training of tiger range state's officials in wildlife management, 2012/2013, India.

RT-1205 Global Tiger Forum
Grant# F12AP00251  
FWS: $42,746 Leveraged funds: $42,400
Location: India
                     

This grant will continue provision of wildlife management training to tiger range state forest officers working in tiger conservation at the Wildlife Institute of India. Four trainees will attend either the institute's three month certificate or ten month diploma program. More than 60 forest officers have been trained through earlier initiatives supported by the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund.

Recovery of the tiger and its prey in Manas National Park, India.

RT-1210 Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Grant# F12AP00312  
FWS: $58,610 Leveraged funds: $64,046
Location: Manas National Park, India
                     

This grant will monitor the recovery of the tiger and its prey base in Manas National Park by: (1) estimating tiger population densities in the park using photographic captures and recaptures; (2) estimating the densities of key large mammal herbivores that constitute prey species of the tiger in the park using line transect sampling; and (3) sustaining the monitoring and research program on vegetation dynamics in the park to inform habitat management. This project is a unique collaboration between one government research institute, the state forest department and three non-government organizations. The information obtained will be used to adaptively manage the park.

Database on tiger poaching and trade and related wildlife crimes, India.

RT-1221 Wildlife Protection Society of India
Grant# F12AP00363  
FWS: $32,676 Leveraged funds: $26,859
Location: India
                     

This grant will continue the collection and updating of data on wildlife crime in India with special reference to tigers along with rhinoceros, Asian elephant, leopard, otter and other endangered species listed in India's Wild Life (Protection) Act. It will increase understanding of the changing modus operandi of wildlife criminals and trafficking routes and assist enforcement agencies in detecting wildlife crimes and the effective prosecution of wildlife criminals.

Protecting and monitoring tigers in the Corbett-Rajaji Landscape, India.

RT-1248 Panthera
Grant# F12AP01032  
FWS: $66,500 Leveraged funds: $58,320
Location: Corbett-Rajaji Landscape
                     

This grant will support and enhance law enforcement important to tiger conservation by training and equipping frontline staff and Special Operation Groups to prevent wildlife crimes. Also, by monitoring the density of tigers, co-predators, prey, and disturbance variables the project will evaluate protection efficacy and support appropriate management interventions.

Developing a human-big cat conflict mitigation model for the benefit of both people and big cats in Assam, India.

RT-1256 Wildlife Areas Development and Welfare Trust
Grant# F12AC01157  
FWS: $59,147 Leveraged funds: $172,210
Location: Assam, India
                     

This project will build positive attitudes towards big cat conservation and reduce conflict and loss of big cats and human lives by developing the ability of local people and the Forest Department, working together, to respond rapidly to conflict situations in a manner that protects lives and resolves conflict.

Strengthen the protection measures in Manas National Park as a part of the program 'Indian Rhino Vision 2020' to expand the numbers and range of wild rhinos in Assam, India, Phase-VI.

RT-1257 Wildlife Areas Development and Welfare Trust
Grant# F12AP00878  
FWS: $48,180 Leveraged funds: $56,500
Location: Assam, India
                     

This grant will strengthen the security available in the park so rhinos may continue to be translocated into the park and remain safe from poaching. This will be done by supporting the operation of 50 home guards who will protect the translocated rhinos and other wildlife in the park.

Developing a comprehensive conservation strategy for tigers and their prey in the Central Terai Landscape (CTL), India.

RT-1277 Colorado State University
Grant# F12AP00925  
FWS: $50,016 Leveraged funds: $26,300
Location: Central Terai Landscape (CTL), India
                     

This grant will establish the knowledge base needed for a comprehensive conservation strategy for tigers and their prey in the CTL. This will be done by continuing to assess the status of tiger and prey populations across the human disturbance gradient of the CTL; estimating functional connectivity of tiger habitats across the CTL (based on camera trap recaptures of individual tigers) in order to identify key corridors and movement barriers; and synthesizing this information into a comprehensive tiger conservation strategy for the CTL.

INDONESIA

Population monitoring for the long-term survival of Sumatran rhino in Bukit Barisan Selatan and the Javan rhino in Ujung Kulon, Indonesia.

RT-1229 WWF-Indonesia
Grant# F12AP00255  
FWS: $58,487 Leveraged funds: $107,689
Location: Bukit Barisan Selatan and Ujung Kulong, Indonesia
                     

This grant will design, test and implement a scientifically robust long-term population monitoring protocol for accurately and reliably assessing the changes in population size and distribution for the Sumatran rhino population in Bukit Barisan Selatan and the Javan rhino in Ujung Kulon National Parks. This would be done by implementing a two-phase occupancy/capture-mark-recapture survey in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and implementing a mark recapture survey using fecal DNA of the Javan rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park.

Reversing the decline of the Sumatran Rhinoceros population in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park: An alternative approach for conservation management practice, Indonesia.

RT-1233 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00257  
FWS: $56,826 Leveraged funds: $57,368
Location: Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This project will increase the number of rhinos at this source site so that they may then expand their numbers back into their historic range. This will be done by: (1) scientifically defining an inviolate source site to secure the last remaining rhino population in the park; (2) establishing and implementing an adaptive monitoring system to estimate the rhino population and density in the source site and determine spatial and temporal patterns of rhino distribution, habitat use and threats within the source site; and (3) develop a long-term inclusive strategy to improve the protection of the Sumatran rhino population in the source site.

Protection of Sumatran rhinos by anti-poaching units in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.

RT-1241 International Rhino Foundation
Grant# F12AP00324  
FWS: $69,996 Leveraged funds: $88,393
Location: Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This grant will continue operation of five Rhino Protection Units in the park for a minimum of 15 days per month per unit. These units will remove traps, ensure no additional traps (particularly large mammal traps) are set, work with local law enforcement to apprehend suspected poachers, continue population monitoring of rhinos, elephants, tapirs, tigers, and other endangered species; assist in implementing programs aimed at reducing park encroachment; and conduct training for other protection units (both for rhino and other threatened species) as requested.

Tiger protection patrols and tiger population monitoring in the Bukit Tigapuluh Landscape, Indonesia.

RT-1217 Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP00880  
FWS: $39,798 Leveraged funds: $31,580
Location: Bukit Tigapuluh Landscape, Indonesia
                     

This project will strengthen protection of wildlife, particularly tigers, in the Bukit Tigapuluh Landscape by establishing a permanent and sustainable patrol and monitoring system. This will: (1) improve the knowledge on presence, density, movement patterns, and habitat selection of the Sumatran tigers in the landscape; and (2) protect the habitat through patrolls by wildlife protection units.

Javan rhino protection units in Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia.

RT-1242 International Rhino Foundation
Grant# F12AP00886  
FWS: $73,164 Leveraged funds: $84,650
Location: Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia
                     

This grant will continue operation of four- four person anti-poaching units that will intensively patrol key rhino areas within the national park, remove traps, apprehend suspect poachers, and monitor the rhino population. The survival of this species depends largely upon the protection provided by these units.

Protection and conservation of Sumatran tiger in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.

RT-1228 Fauna and Flora International
Grant# F12AP00253  
FWS: $52,956 Leveraged funds: $59,184
Location: Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This grant will reduce threats to Sumatran tiger, tiger prey and habitat from poaching and trafficking through routine anti-poaching patrols, maintenance of strong relationships with forest edge farmers, addressing human-tiger conflict, providing advice on conservation issues relevant to tiger conservation, and responding to wildlife emergencies such as snared or otherwise injured animals.

Monitoring of Javan rhinoceros in Ujung Kulon National Park using camera and video traps, Indonesia.

RT-1285 World Wildlife Fund, Inc.
Grant# F12AP00924  
FWS: $67,980 Leveraged funds: $39,456
Location: Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia
                     

This project will provide data and conservation recommendations needed in design of strategies to enhance breeding success of this critically endangered species. This will be done by: (1) conducting a video and camera-trap based survey of all possible Javan rhino habitat in Ujung Kulon National Park; (2) analyze the data to (a) identify individual rhinos, (b) establish the minimum population size, (c) determine the sex and age structure of the population, and (d) determine the location of the rhino's home ranges; and (3) conduct a Population Viability Analysis workshop to develop effective recommendations for Javan rhino conservation that have broad stakeholder support.

Protection of Sumatran rhinos by anti-poaching units in Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.

RT-1291 Leuser International Foundation
Grant# F12AP00927  
FWS: $69,481 Leveraged funds: $31,222
Location: Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
                     

This project will provide protection to Sumatran rhinos, as well as other mega fauna (e.g. tigers and elephants) in Leuser National Park by establishing two anti-poaching units. This would be done by: (1) constituting anti-poaching units and operating them for effective protection; (2) monitoring the rhino population and other key mammals; and (3) conducting awareness camps for communities and trainings for park staff and RPU members.

Mobile village tiger patrols VI: an integrated approach to tiger protection through education, conflict mitigation, improved livelihoods and law enforcement, Indonesia.

RT-1280 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00916  
FWS: $50,009 Leveraged funds: $50,505
Location: Bukit Baresan, Indonesia
                     

This grant will support efforts to bring tigers back to their natural carrying capacity in Bukit Baresan Selatan National Park and bring the tiger population of Bukit Balai Rejang forest to a level that is capable of sustained breeding and compatible with the human activities legally permitted within BBR. This will be done by: (1) conducting human-wildlife conflict patrols; (2) conducting wildlife crimes investigations; (3) providing legal aid in wildlife crimes cases; and (4) conducting educational events to raise awareness about tiger conservation.

LAOS

Conservation of tiger and prey populations in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected area landscape (NEPL) through concentrated protection in the Core Zone, Lao PDR.

RT-1243 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00264  
FWS: $57,764 Leveraged funds: $58,921
Location: Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)
                     

This grant will conserve internationally important tiger and prey populations in the NEPL National Protected Area (NPA) by: (1) developing the NEPL patrolling strategy and action plan for 2012-2013 including recommendations for a standardized external enforcement audit; (2) increasing the patrol effort in areas where there is evidence of tiger, large prey and especially tiger breeding; (3) strengthening and equipping four substations to combat poaching in areas of high-risk for tigers in the Core Zone through implementation of a new enforcement training curriculum; and (4) supporting attendance of the heads of the four field patrol at the monthly NPA strategic planning meetings.

MALAYSIA

Conservation of the tigers of the Endau-Rompin Landscape, Malaysia, through on-the- ground law enforcement.

RT-1231 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00884  
FWS: $58,992 Leveraged funds: $60,017
Location: Endau-Rompin Landscape, Malaysia
                     

This grant will increase law enforcement efforts to include significant coverage of the northern half of the Johor component of the greater Endau-Rompin Landscape, and increase the evidence-base, and power of the policy stance for protection of corridor regions in the Endau Rompin Landscape through ground-truthing land uses, and recce surveys for wildlife sign.

NEPAL

Strengthening anti-poaching and community engagement programs to secure endangered tigers, rhinos and elephants in Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Nepal.

RT-1206 National Trust for Nature Conservation
Grant# F12AP00305  
FWS: $60,746 Leveraged funds: $28,250
Location: Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Nepal
                     

This grant will contribute to making Parsa Wildlife Reserve a secure habitat for rhinos, tigers, elephants and other wild animals while emphasizing development of local livelihoods. This will be done by: (1) setting up a park security post in a strategic location; (2) upgrading a forest road network; (3) establishing a research station; (4) training frontline staff in law enforcement and wildlife monitoring; (5) establishing community based anti-poaching units; and (6) conducting community engagement programs.

Initiating community based tiger conservation in the buffer zone of Bardia National Park's Babai Valley, Nepal.

RT-1208 National Trust for Nature Conservation
Grant# F12AP00306  
FWS: $58,233 Leveraged funds: $34,485
Location: Bardia National Park’s Babai Valley, Nepal
                     

This grant will strengthen security through outreach, livelihoods development and park protection activities for communities on the north side of the valley. These extremely poor communities are remote, have been passed over by previous development programs, and have been a source of major poaching in the park.

Long-term management plan for the mitigation of invasive alien plants in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

RT-1230 Zoological Society of London
Grant# F12AP00256  
FWS: $60,064 Leveraged funds: $20,907
Location: Chitwan National Park, Nepal
                     

This grant will initiate and validate surveillance and control measures in the park.  Control measures include burning and mechanical removal of the invasive alien plants, mikania (Mikania micrantha). The project will also include establishing a surveillance scheme for mikania, raising awareness, and training Nepalese national park managers and operational staff in relevant management measures.

Monitoring tiger populations in the Terai Arc Landscape, Nepal.

RT-1284 World Wildlife Fund, Inc.
Grant# F12AP00921  
FWS: $60,000 Leveraged funds: $55,794
Location: Terai Arc Landscape, Nepal
                     

This grant will support assessment of the status of Nepal's tigers (now routinely carried out at four year intervals) to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation interventions taken since the last assessment and to provide information needed to plan conservation interventions for the upcoming four years. This will be done by: (1) estimating tiger population numbers and densities in all five Terai protected areas and critical corridors using camera-trap based capture-recapture methods; (2) evaluating the habitat occupancy of tigers across Nepal's Terai Arc Landscape against the 2009 baseline; and (3) estimating prey populations and densities in all five protected areas using line transect surveys.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

A veterinary clinic for disease monitoring of Amur tigers and prey in the Russian Far East.

RT-1215 Zoological Society of London
Grant# F12AP00252  
FWS: $48,185 Leveraged funds: $63,390
Location: Russian Far East
                     

This grant will fund a necropsy laboratory at Primorski State Agriculture Academy (PSAA) for tigers, their prey and other wildlife to provide information on current diseases that may be threatening their populations. This will be done by: (1) renovating and outfitting a postmortem facility in the clinic for tigers, prey species, and other wildlife; (2) renovating and outfitting a classroom in the clinic (PSAA trains approximately 400 vet students and 150 wildlife management students annually and this facility will be used for some of that training); and (3) increasing the functionality of the Wildlife Health Monitoring Unit by providing technical support, training to improve sample analyses and use of existing equipment, and advice on laboratory equipment and training needs.

The Forest Eyes Initiative: Enhancing anti-poaching in Amur tiger habitat, Russian Far East.

RT-1258 Zoological Society of London
Grant# F12AP00962  
FWS: $36,010 Leveraged funds: $43,603
Location: National parks in the Russian Far East
                     

This grant will pilot test a new approach for gaining information on illegal human entries to protected tiger habitats. This will be done by developing and implementing a camera trap surveillance system to help monitor and combat poaching in Lazovsky State Nature Zapovednik and Zov Tigra National Park to better protect the tiger and its prey.

Managing access to unused logging roads: A practical means to protecting tiger prey populations in Primorye Russia.

RT-1282 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00919  
FWS: $52,321 Leveraged funds: $50,568
Location: Primorye, Russia
                     

This project will demonstrate measurable changes in human access and wildlife population numbers, particularly ungulates, resulting from logging road closures in order to prove the effectiveness of closures for tiger conservation. This will be done by comparing changes in human use between 3 closed logging roads and 3 open logging roads. As warranted by the data, mandatory road closures will be promoted as a necessary component of Forest Stewardship Council certification.

THAILAND

Tiger, prey, and detailed threat surveys in Thung Yai Wildlife Sanctuaries to inform tiger conservation interventions, Thailand.

RT-1244 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00265  
FWS: $56,934 Leveraged funds: $55,532
Location: Thung Yai Wildlife Sanctuaries, Thailand
                     

The grant will provide information on the tiger population trends in Thung Yai East Wildlife Sanctuary (TYE) and Thung Yai West (TYW) and the impact upon those trends of threats emanating from seven villages in TYE so that appropriate management actions may be developed. This will be accomplished by conducting camera trap surveys of TYE and TYW and an analysis of the threats emanating from seven villages in TYE.

VIETNAM

Addressing the illegal trade and consumption of rhino horn in Vietnam.

RT-1283 Wildlife Conservation Society
Grant# F12AP00779  
FWS: $34,138 Leveraged funds: $34,781
Location: Vietnam
                     

This project will gather information about the illegal trade of rhino horn in Vietnam by engaging and training Vietnamese government law enforcement agencies and increasing awareness about the plight of rhinos and the harm done by the rhino horn trade in the local media.

AFRICA

In 2012, the USFWS awarded 18 new grants in five African countries including four grants in all range states totaling $902,341.00 in USFWS funding which was matched by $1,503,862 in leveraged funds.

KENYA

Reinforcing the protection of key rhino populations at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.

RT-1262 Fauna & Flora International
Grant# F12AP00766  
FWS: $92,398 Leveraged funds: $100,222
Location: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
                     

Funding will be used to purchase, train and house a unit of tracker dogs for use in tracking poachers, to construct a base for security personnel including a central radio control room, and to construct housing for security staff.

Remaining start-up capital requirements for the introduction of Black Rhino onto Borana Conservancy.

RT-1266 Borana Conservancy
Grant# F12AP00770  
FWS: $37,681 Leveraged funds: $56,378
Location: Kenya
                     

This grant will support the purchase of essential equipment and a vehicle for rhino monitoring at the new site in Laikipia District that Kenya Wildlife Service has selected to reintroduce black rhinos.

Supporting the costs of the 11th African Rhino Specialist Group meeting, to be held in February 2013 in the Laikipia District, Kenya.

RT-1271 Save the Rhino International and the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Grant# F12AP00777  
FWS: $32,542 Leveraged funds: $83,346
Location: Meeting held in Kenya
                     

Funding supports a continent-wide meeting of rhino experts and range state representatives in order to assess the state of all Africa's rhino species and subspecies immediately before the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species conference of the parties in Bangkok in 2013, and to proactively address the alarming upsurge in poaching.

Increasing capacity for anti-poaching activities and deterrents in and around the Chyulu Hills.

RT-1168 Save the Rhino International
Grant# F12AP00803  
FWS: $49,500 Leveraged funds: $397,678
Location: Chyulu Hills National Park and Mbirikani Group Ranch, southern Kenya
                     

Funds will support rhino protection and monitoring in the Chyulu Hills National Park and in neighboring Mbirikani Group Ranch in southern Kenya. Specific activities include supporting patrolling by local community game scouts, following up on any illegal wildlife activities, and monitoring individual rhinos and habitat use.

NAMIBIA

Protecting vulnerable black and white rhino populations in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

RT-1201 Save the Rhino International and Namibia's Ministry of the Environment and Tourism
Grant# F12AP00427  
FWS: $98,512 Leveraged funds: $39,687
Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia
                     

Funds will be used deploy security equipment to protect black and white rhinos in Etosha National Park in Namibia.

Maintaining strategic monitoring and patrolling in community areas in the Kunene Region of Namibia.

RT-1202 Save the Rhino International and Save the Rhino Trust (SRT)
Grant# F12AP00428  
FWS: $86,422 Leveraged funds: $195,643
Location: Kunene Region, Namibia
                     

This proposal funds joint patrols conducted by local community trackers and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) staff to protect the desert black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis) in community areas.

Supplementing monitoring and security equipment to assist Namibia in protecting black and white rhino populations against the onslaught of poaching.

RT-1263 Save the Rhino International and Namibia's Ministry of the Environment and Tourism
Grant# F12AP00975  
FWS: $86,860 Leveraged funds: $98,202
Location: Namibia
                     

Funds will be used for rhino security equipment in Kunene region, Namib Naukluft National Park, Hardap Game Reserve and Waterberg Plateau Park.

RANGE STATES

Using modern technology to protect Africa's rhinos: security and technology workshop.

RT-1203 Save the Rhino International and Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Technology
Grant# F12AC00402  
FWS: $49,500 Leveraged funds: $35,140
Location: Range States
                     

This grant will convene technology developers and field practitioners for the first time, to identify high tech tools that are available and could be adapted or customized for rhino conservation activities in order to ensure that all African range states and rhino custodians have access to the best technology available to protect wild rhinos.

Supporting the core activities of the African Rhino Specialist Group for the benefit of African rhino conservation

RT-1162 Save the Rhino International and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Grant# F12AP00804  
FWS: $10,000 Leveraged funds: $0
Location: All African Range States
                     

This grant will support a portion of the core services provided by the Secretariat of the IUCN's African Rhino Specialist Group including compiling continental data for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and other meetings, providing impartial advise to range states, and maintaining timely communications among range states and experts on emerging issues.

Implementing monitoring and extracting demographic profiles of black rhino in Kruger National Park.

RT-1166 South African National Parks
Grant# F12AP00354  
FWS: $24,699 Leveraged funds: $0
Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa/ Mozambique
                     

Funds will be used to intensify rhino monitoring activities in Kruger National Park, to verify the total number of rhinos in the park, to determine how many animals have been lost to poaching, to identify areas of vulnerability and to be able to detect the earliest signs of population decline and respond proactively.

SOUTH AFRICA

Safeguarding black rhinos and white rhinos in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa.

RT-1204 Save the Rhino International and ezemvelo KwaZulu Natal Wildlife (eKZNW)
Grant# F12AP00440  
FWS: $25,415 Leveraged funds: $219,364
Location: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa
                     

This grant will support essential patrol and aerial surveillance costs for security purposes in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi.

Support for security teams in the Anti-Poaching Unit and Mshopi section of Mkhuze Game Reserve, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage Site, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

RT-1216 ezemvelo KwaZulu Natal Wildlife (eKZNW)
Grant# F12AP01166  
FWS: $35,000 Leveraged funds: $10,040
Location: South Africa
                     

The grantee will purchase and deploy a four-wheel drive pickup truck for the Anti-Poaching Unit in Mkhuze Game Reserve. Mkhuze is home to one of the two black rhino populations that provided source animals for all the restocking efforts in South Africa in the 1980's, and the rhinos are currently threatened by targeted poaching and non-targeted snaring.

Emergency support to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency for white rhino conservation

RT-1086 Wildlife & Environment Society of Southern Africa
Grant# F12AP00353  
FWS: $15,802 Leveraged funds: $0
Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
                     

This project will support essential management and monitoring activities to protect southern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum simum) in the provincial reserves of Mpumalanga, South Africa.

ZAMBIA

Improving intelligence and investigations capacity in the North Luangwa Conservation Program operational area, Zambia.

RT-1268 Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP00771  
FWS: $37,934 Leveraged funds: $33,090
Location: Zambia
                     

Funding will support training courses for Zambia Wildlife Authority in crime investigation procedures and techniques and will provide funding to support operating costs and equipment for the law enforcement units protecting Zambia's reintroduced southern black rhino population.

Using environmental education programmes to address the rhino poaching threat in Mkomazi National Park, Tanzania and North Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

RT-1270 Save the Rhino International
Grant# F12AP00776  
FWS: $34,298 Leveraged funds: $65,000
Location: Parks in Tanzania and Zambia
                     

This grant will provide ongoing support to environmental education programs to communities living in or near black rhino habitat in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia in order to improve existing programs, to develop new educational materials, and to evaluate and monitor the effects of their outreach programs.

Support for black rhino conservation operations in North Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

RT-1245 International Rhino Foundation and Frankfurt Zoological Society
Grant# F12AP00362  
FWS: $51,615 Leveraged funds: $62,516
Location: North Luangwa National Park, Zambia
                     

This grant will pay for experienced veterinarians to immobilize black rhinos in Zambia's founder reintroduction population in order to improve the ability to track and identify each individual.

ZIMBABWE

Continued support for rhinoceros management operations, Zimbabwe 2012.

RT-1239 International Rhino Foundation and the Lowveld Rhino Trust
Grant# F12AP00361  
FWS: $100,025 Leveraged funds: $72,775
Location: Zimbabwe
                     

The recipient will continue to work with an experienced team to locate and tranquilize black rhinos in order to treat the animals for injuries; and for dehorning rhinos in areas under immediate threat in order to reduce the incentives for poachers.