Kerryn Morrison, the new ICF Vice President for Africa is based in South Africa at the Endangered Wildlife Trust regional office and came to Uganda to lead on a workshop for the East African Regional Crane conservation team.
The team included participants from Uganda, UK, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa.
The aim of the workshop was to bring all the East African programme staff together for the first time in a bid to share practical experience with the on-going crane conservation initiatives while also developing results chains and activities that will deliver the custodianship and conservation agreements strategies basing on the Open Standards Approach.
The workshop comprehensively focused on the East African projects and how they can practice evidence-based conservation through the Open Standards Model of Conservation. Members present discussed and agreed on the geographic scope and vision of the projects, targets and desired goals, threats and desired threat-reduction results for the conservation of Grey Crowned Cranes in East Africa.
Crane custodianship and Conservation Agreement strategies took centre stage and were comprehensively analysed while developing results chains and monitoring plans for each including Miradi Share and Share Point. These appropriately address the monitoring aspects of the cranes project at site level.
The ICF Vice President also met with teams implementing the Crane custodian initiative (commonly called crane custodians) in Kabale and Masaka regions.
In Uganda, Jimmy Muheebwa the Cranes programme country coordinator based at NatureUganda oversees the implementation of conservation activities that currently focus on Kabale region.
The grey crowned crane is Uganda's national symbol and research indicates that its population has declined by over 80% in the last 3 decades.