Earthwatch is continuing its work to develop African conservation leaders of the future.
In 2004/5 Earthwatch developed a new strategy for its African programme, focusing our efforts and deepening local partners engagement in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Cameroon and South Africa.
We have refined our training programme for African scientists and conservationists and this refinement is continuing in 2006. In particular, we have developed our work with the Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) in Ghana. This project provides key Ghanaian scientists with grants to further their research; many of whom are now leaders of Earthwatch research teams.
We recognise that to ensure a tangible and lasting impact in the field, we need to increase our investment in local organisations whilst at the same time provide an appropriate support system. This, combined with the knowledge our research projects generate, is the legacy we will leave for future generations.