Using an online platform to build local CBO capacity on GEF/SGP operations and sharing CBOs operational experiences.

BirdLife Botswana in partnership with the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (implemented by United Nations Development Programme) and Technical Advisory Committee from Tutume and Boteti Sub-Districts conducted the first virtual session with three of Makgadikgadi Wetlands Area Community-Based Organisations (Nata Conservation Trust, Gaing-O Conservation Trust, and Boteti Rural Development Trust) on the 23rd March 2021. The session was a great opportunity to explore and adopt the use of Information Communication Technology (online platforms) and promote innovation in the implementation of BirdLife Botswana’s capacity development, mentorship, and monitoring project for CBOs within the MWA landscape. The session was aimed to (i) enhance awareness on procedures and requirements for funding as a way of expanding the cooperate knowledge base among communities at the landscape (ii) support inter-community and stakeholder knowledge sharing on management, challenges, and successes of CBOs in line with Community-Based Natural Resources Management program.

The background of GEF/SGP support and success stories as well as an outlook on the oncoming Operational Phase 7 funding was presented. The fund aims to promote and support innovative, inclusive, and scalable initiatives to tackle global environmental issues in priority landscapes. Knowledge-sharing dialogues provided the opportunity for participants to share experiences and ideas to improve the delivery of objectives. More online capacity development sessions will be extended to the rest of the grantees and potential grantees of GEF/SGP as a way of limiting the spread of COVID-19.