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Lessons Learned Archive

"The vision needs to be developed by all the stakeholders together and regular interactions need to take place."
- Dr. Annelise Schutte-Vlok, regional ecologist for the Gouritz Region with CapeNature
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​"We...found solar energy to be more efficient in reducing the water content of A.secundiflora sap as compared to electricity and fuelwood energy, thereby providing a more stable paste."
- Dr. Wilber Lwande, icipe scientist
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"Providing an enabling environment where stakeholders can learn from each other and build working relationships is necessary if one wants to encourage innovation and avoid duplication of effort."
-Azisa Parker, Fynbos Program Developer, South African Biodiversity Institute
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"Only when market-linked certification is combined with informed appreciation of nature by producers and consumers can conservation aims be met in productive plantation agriculture."
- T.R. Shankar Raman, Divya Mudappa, with Nisarg Prakash and P. Jeganathan, senior scientists of Nature Conservation Foundation
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"Understanding the anthropogenic influences on the regional ecology, having knowledge of participatory restoration plans, and adopting integrated and interdisciplinary landscape approaches are essential for ecological restoration and management of fresh water swamps and tropical forests."
- Narasimha Hegde, project director of Snehakunja Trust
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"Open sharing of biodiversity data is important and essential for long-term conservation of the Western Ghats.”
- R. Prabhakar, Director, Strand Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
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"With the exposure and training that the Kuensel Staff received from this project, Kuensel now has better understanding and skills to conduct advocacy and awareness campaigns on biodiversity issues with or without the project."
- Pushpa Chhetri, Project Director for the CEPF-funded project at Kuensel Corporation Limited
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"We...found solar energy to be more efficient in reducing the water content of A.secundiflora sap as compared to electricity and fuelwood energy, thereby providing a more stable paste."
- Dr. Wilber Lwande, icipe scientist
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"Providing an enabling environment where stakeholders can learn from each other and build working relationships is necessary if one wants to encourage innovation and avoid duplication of effort."
-Azisa Parker, Fynbos Program Developer, South African Biodiversity Institute
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"Only when market-linked certification is combined with informed appreciation of nature by producers and consumers can conservation aims be met in productive plantation agriculture."
- T.R. Shankar Raman, Divya Mudappa, with Nisarg Prakash and P. Jeganathan, senior scientists of Nature Conservation Foundation
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"Understanding the anthropogenic influences on the regional ecology, having knowledge of participatory restoration plans, and adopting integrated and interdisciplinary landscape approaches are essential for ecological restoration and management of fresh water swamps and tropical forests."
- Narasimha Hegde, project director of Snehakunja Trust
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"Open sharing of biodiversity data is important and essential for long-term conservation of the Western Ghats.”
- R. Prabhakar, Director, Strand Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
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"With the exposure and training that the Kuensel Staff received from this project, Kuensel now has better understanding and skills to conduct advocacy and awareness campaigns on biodiversity issues with or without the project."
- Pushpa Chhetri, Project Director for the CEPF-funded project at Kuensel Corporation Limited
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"As we were striving to achieve the objectives of the programme we became richer in experience and aware of ground realities in many aspects."
- Dr. Bibhuti Lahkar, Aaranyak
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"To be aware that long distance, long-term ecological projects need a contingency time period written into the budget time plan."
- Christy Bragg, Porcupine Researcher, South Africa
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"The targeted forest fringe villages (project area) are in remote locations and they are not socially well organized; thus, the presence of well-organized community organizations (especially working on conservation) in such areas was very limited."
- Sujit P. Bairagi, Conservation Biologist and Chairman of the Dolphin Foundation
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"Finding the right publisher is a crucial factor in making a book accessible to your target audience."
- Elizabeth Harper, Post-doctoral fellow, Research Foundation of State University of New York
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"Understanding the synergy between the existing networks of protected area and the local context, including the cultural perspective of protected areas through the involvement of indigenous communities, is crucial to the establishment of sustainably managed community protected areas."
- Miliana Vukunisiga-Ravuso, Senior Conservation Officer, BirdLife International Fiji Programme
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"Institutional development and capacity building at the local level, particularly among the youth, is very important for sustainable biodiversity conservation."
- Ishana Thapa, Conservation Officer, Bird Conservation Nepal
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"The very important strategic lesson was affirmed, namely keep your eyes and activities fixed on the long term strategic vision and objectives while being flexible enough to adapt your operational activities to the challenges you face in the medium and short term. "
- Steven Davids, Fund Manager, SKEPPIES
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"Using awareness as a tool to successfully establish a formal conservation area"
- Elbe Cloete, Conservation Manager, CapeNature
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"Involvement of central and local governmental officers in project activities on the ground affects the results and increases the impact of action taken."
- Eray Çağlayan, Project Officer, Doğa Derneği – Turkish Nature Association 
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"While the Eco-Index has grown to become more popular than we ever thought it would be, we did not anticipate how difficult it would be to convince our conservation colleagues to invest time in sharing project data, best practices and lessons learned."
- Melissa Normann, Neotropics Communications Program Manager, Rainforest Alliance
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"Joint environmental protection efforts along trans-boundary protected areas do play a significant role in building confidence and reducing conflict."
- Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development
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"We have realized that -given the local circumstances- the target was formulated in an overly ambitious manner, probably with the assumption that the “magical tool” of IRBM could immediately be grasped and implemented with the existing local capacity."
Sedat Kalem, Conservation Director, WWF-Turkey
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"The most important lesson learned was discovering how challenging the concept of sustainability is given different stakeholder perspectives."
- Jeff Masarjian, Executive Director, Armenia Tree Project
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"Making sure our partners are prepared for their flight with LightHawk by having clear and measurable objectives improves the outcomes of the environmental overflights."
- Armando J. Ubeda, Mesoamerica Program Manager, LightHawk
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"Red List evaluation is a highly complex and time-intensive process requiring careful coordination between operational units."
- Roy E. Gereau, Assistant Curator and Tanzania Program Director 
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"The channel for the local communities to participate in environmental policymaking needed to be strengthened and broadened."
- Chen Yue, Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge
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"Having a coordination unit based in the Cape Floristic Region Hotspot where CEPF grant recipients were located was an effective way to leverage further funding and provide strategic direction to the overall C.A.P.E. program, as well as ensure that CEPF projects were effectively implemented and reported on."
- The team from the South African National Biodiversity Institute
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"Butterfly farming can be a financially and ecologically sustainable enterprise that can generate considerable support for forest conservation amongst farmers living around high biodiversity forests."
- Charles Meshack, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
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"Herbivore reintroduction into areas with vegetation of high conservation priority needs to be accompanied by a monitoring protocol with immediate and relevant feedback too management."
- Helen Farmer, University of Cape Town
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"The implementation of any environmental education project requires a clear understanding of the traditional authority systems and other stakeholders in order to gain the local legitimacy to implement the project."
- Katherine May, The Living Earth Foundation
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"Since conservation of the future relies heavily on the actions of private landowners, there is a great need for science to be translated into a format that is palatable for the average landowner and communicated in the local language."
- Karen J. Esler, University of Stellenbosch
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"Community consultations and public awareness campaigns can be more effective tools than penalties and patrols to enforce environmental legislation."
- Jan van der Ploeg & Merlijn van Weerd, Mabuwaya Foundation Inc.
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"Expedition members need to be experienced in their specific fields in order for them to be able to problem-solve difficult situations and adapt their survey methods accordingly."
- Ray Pierce, Pacific Expeditions, Ltd.
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"Making the community’s members feel ownership of project implementation is the most important lesson to be learned."
- Peter Mulbah, Skills and Agriculture Development Services, Inc.
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"Environmentally responsible consumption projects initiated in urban cities can be just as influential as natural resource and habitat conservation projects implemented indirectly in rural habitats."
- Yang Liu, Green Student Organizations Society
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"Conserving valuable natural resources in the world is the responsibility of an efficient society where actors from different environments work as a team, maximizing everyone’s virtues and potentials."
- Luis Murillo, Southern Mesoamerica Coordination Unit
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"Proactive follow-up after meetings and other events has a huge positive impact on participants’ enthusiasm and success in achieving their objectives."
- Jill Key, Pacific Invasives Learning Network
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"Governance shortfalls pose the greatest threat to the effectiveness of technically based and logical management interventions to address unsustainable and illegal timber harvesting from the hotspot."
- Simon Milledge, TRAFFIC International
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"The relationship and exchange among projects and organizations are key to the consolidation of biodiversity corridors and to the conservation objectives that we aspire toward."
- Ivana Lamas, Atlantic Forest Coordination Unit
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"Many people involved in private and communal conservation projects need technical and legal support to strengthen their initiatives, in order to ensure effective access to information and to encourage them to be part of more formal strategies."
- José Luis Capella, Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental
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"Encouraging local people to inventory their useful plants has proven to be effective and practical, but more training and practice for local practitioners would result in better specimens."
- Yang Yongping, Kunming Institute of Botany
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"It is important to make every effort to make collaborating partners share ownership of projects being implemented."
- Selete Nyomi, AGORO
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"Success or failure in establishing participatory and long-term sustainable management of wildlife depends largely on the ability of the project staff to engage effectively with the local communities and the hunters themselves so that they feel trusted."
- Sylvain Dufour, Fauna and Flora International
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"Finding a balance between providing too little and too much support in community-based conservation is a crucial factor in a project’s long-term success."
- Brian Reeves, Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa
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"Working through official channels – nongovernmental organizations and government for example – can be slow, but informal networks of committed professionals on the ground can really help move projects along."
- Gabriela Alonso Yáñez, Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
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"The level of organization of project partners is a determining factor for long-term success and should therefore be one of the key criteria for choosing them; locally grown, traditional institutions are especially important."
- Robert Müller, Asociación Boliviana para la Conservación
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"By looking back at times in life when you have really excelled, you can learn how to develop the attitudes and habits that help you perform at your very best."
- Samba Tenin Diallo, Centre National des Sciences Halieutiques de Boussoura
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"Even if your partners agree to processes such as inclusive participatory planning and conflict resolution, it can often take a long time to understand what that actually means."
- Jaime Levy, Fundación Altropico
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"Briefing partners fully before a project begins enables smooth implementation even if there are staff changes or communication problems during the project."
- Namaqua National Park team members in the Succulent Karoo Hotspot
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"Choosing the right people to cooperate with is as important as planning the whole project."
- Indira Dayang Lacerna-Widmann, Katala Foundation
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"Dedicated legal expertise is needed to streamline the slow process of finalizing stewardship contract agreements between private landowners and conservation agencies to give conservation status to a privately conserved area."
- Sue Winter, Botanical Society of South Africa
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"The clearer your priorities are in running a small grants program, the more effective you will be."
- Anabelle Plantilla, The Haribon Foundation
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