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Darwin Initiative, Darwin Plus and IWT Challenge Fund New Projects Webinars and Workshops, June 2020

In Summer 2020, six events were hosted for new projects funded under Darwin Initiative Round 26, Darwin Plus Round 8, and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 6. These events were open to new grantees under all funding schemes.

For the first time, because of the international Covid-19 situation, all events were held online. There were three different types of event, with each event held twice (once in the UK morning and once in the UK afternoon) to account for time differences of new projects.

There are joint proceedings from these events, including Q&A.

Webinar – Financial, administrative and technical reporting for new Darwin, Darwin Plus and IWT Challenge Fund projects

One 23rd June, we hosted webinars for new projects to introduce the financial and administrative reporting systems for new Darwin Initiative, Darwin Plus and IWT Challenge Fund projects. The aim of this webinar was to welcome newly funded projects, and provide advice and support relating to financial, administrative, and technical reporting for Darwin and IWT projects.

Webinar slides

The webinar was recorded and can be accessed here (please note this is the recording from the morning session).

Workshop Session – M&E Plan and Communications Strategy

On 24th June, we held an online, interactive workshop. The workshop content built on the webinar, and its aim was to provide advice and support relating to project monitoring and evaluation and communications.

The slides from this session, including the templates we used for group exercises in Miro, can be found below.

M&E Plan and Communications Strategy Slides

Workshop Session – Common issues & complementarities and sharing experiences on M&E

On 30th June, we held another online interactive workshop. This session focused on providing a forum for projects to network with those working on similar topics in order to foster lesson learning, and sharing experience on M&E and sustainability strategies.

Common Issues, Technical Themes and Measurement Challenges Slides

Webinar – IWT Challenge Fund Case Studies Webinar

On 1st July, the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund hosted a webinar for new projects funded under Round 6. The aim of the webinar was to provide an additional lesson learning opportunity for new and current projects.

This webinar featured two case studies:

  • IWT057 “Building capacity to reduce illegal trade of shark products in Indonesia” led by Cefas.
  • IWT035 “Sustainability through ecotourism: improving livelihoods and disrupting wildlife trade, Cambodia” led by Wildlife Alliance.

The project leaders shared information on the challenges faced, lessons learnt as well as advice for new projects.

A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

The slides used during the webinar can be accessed here.

Webinar – Darwin Main and Darwin Plus Case Studies Webinar

On 2nd July, the Darwin Initiative hosted a webinar for new Darwin Main and Darwin Plus projects funded under the latest Rounds. The aim of the webinar was to provide an additional lesson learning opportunity for new and current projects.

This webinar featured three case studies:

  • 24-012 “Incentivising community led marine biodiversity conservation on Atauro Island” led by Blue Ventures.
  • DPLUS079 “Improving Sustainability of Marine Management in Montserrat” led by Cefas.
  • 26-003 “Securing the long term future of Kenya’s largest freshwater wetland” led by Nature Kenya.

The project leaders shared information on the challenges faced, lessons learnt as well as advice for new projects.

A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

The slides used during the webinar can be accessed here.