Wetland restoration experts in Central Africa required
My name is Amir Grosman. I work for the Ecosystem Grants Programme (EGP), a small grants facility, of IUCN-NL. The EGP funds projects of local NGOs, in the area of conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems.
We are currently supporting three projects related to wetland restoration and sustainable use in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi (see below a short description of the projects).
These are small grants project (max. 85.000€/3 years). As the involved NGOs have limited experience we are looking for experts that will be able to make a visit to the project sites in order to help the NGOs in developing a restoration plan. These visits should take place within no more than 6 months. Ideally, a second visit should be made a year later to monitor progress. We are willing to cover the costs of these visits.
Do you know any potential candidates, or could you help me get in contact with someone who might know potential candidartes?
Please let me know if you need any additional information.
My best wishes,
Here is a short description of the projects:
Rwanda, Nyabarongo wetland
the wetland is mainly threatend by landclearing for agriculture and overexploitation of wetland resources. The NGO proposes to support the conservation of this area by a combination of environmental awareness
raising, development of alternative economic activities (papyrus handcrafts and fish afrming)and anti-erosion measures in degraded riversides. The anti-erosion measures consist of grass planting (Pennisetum purpureum) in the riverside of the Nyabarongo river, a measure also promoted by the government.
Burundi, the Malagarazi wetland.
The wetland is threatened by erosion and excessive extraction of natural resources. Due to the scarcity of fertile land, more and more wetland and surrounding hills are being cleared for agriculture resulting in erosion and sedimentation.The project aims to reduce erosion by replanting hills and river banks with trees and hedges that are also of benefit for local communities. To reduce sedimentation, the NGO proposes to construct dams that catch sediment. Captures sediment will be used by locals as fertiliser. To improve livelihoods, the NGO proposes to develop fish and chicken farming.
DRC, lake Tanganyika
The war and post war period has left the coastline of the lake stripped of its natural vegetation. This in combination with sand and stones harvesting is leading to a drastic decline of the quality of the lake ecosystem, which in its turn is negatively affecting human wellbeing in the area. By using the reed vegetation for shelter and housing, the spawning grounds for many commercial fish species have been destroyed. The project aims to restore the coastal vegetation / ecosystem of lake Tanganyika in the Fizi region of South Kivu.
Programme Officer Central Africa
Ecosystem Grants Programme
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