Community involvement in biodiversity protection

Published: 12 May 2016
Last edited: 23 February 2017
Capacity development activities include: • Training of locals in data collection: This includes the training of monitors in using monitoring tools including digital cameras, GPS, measuring tapes, filling of monitoring forms. • Awareness raising: Conducting workshops and seminars during which locals are provided the appropriate information/education about the need for conserving the country’s biodiversity and the benefit they will derive from conserving their resources. • Payment of stipend: The stipends paid to monitor help to enable them meet some of their daily needs at their various homes.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

• Identifying appropriate locals for the training: recruitment based on interest in the conservation effort. • Providing the appropriate training: includes the use of monitoring tools, completing monitoring forms and the provision of brochures. • Regular checking of the forms: helps in correcting mistakes and indicate the importance of the forms. • Awareness raising materials: motivates community. • Timely payment of stipends: encourages monitors and guarantees their effort is been awarded.

Lessons learned

• It has been observed that dealing with locals that are willing to work on your project will help facilitate the achievement of the goals of the project. • Producing and distributing the appropriate awareness raising materials on a timely manner will help the awareness raising process. Materials RAP-SL has produced in the past include brochures, t-shirts, billboards, calendars.