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Project Summary 3
Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives5
Methodology (Program Plan)5
Target population 6
Potential for long term impact and replication ability7
Management experience of the applicant7
Fish and wildlife service-Department of the Interior
PROJECT SUMMARY OUTLINE
PROJECT TITLE: Training of youth in fisheries conservation
GRANTEE: Student Conservation Association
PROJECT DIRECTOR: L Martins
TARGET POPULATION: Students and interns pursuing fisheries related careers
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: To provide hands on experience to students pursuing natural resource careers.
PROPOSED YEAR 1 BUDGET:
Total $ 85,000
Total Direct $ 65,000
Total Indirect $ 20,000
Natural resources management has been discussed at the highest levels of leadership in this country, mainly due to the growing concern about the dwindling natural resources, and the nation’s ability to conserve these resources. In order to develop a culture of conservation, the national educational curriculum developers as well as the institutions of higher learning have designed programs that train students pursuing careers in natural resources management. While there is adequate coverage of the course content in terms of the theoretical work, little is done to ensure that graduates in these careers have the necessary skills that would enable them to solve the environmental and resource problems that face the country.
It is with this background that this grant will go a long way in covering this skills gap, as it will facilitate the training of youth, students and interns on the issues of natural resources conservation, skills that will create a ripple effect that will be felt many years to come, in terms of natural resource management.
The project will bring together experienced researchers and resource specialist, who will be engaged to train and guide fresh graduates, interns as well as students pursuing careers in the field of natural resources.
MISSION, VISION, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Goals and objectives
At the Ennis National Fish Hatchery, students will be facilitated to get hands on experience in fisheries conservation. In this regard, students will be guided by experienced and specialist natural resources scientists through formal lectures as well as practical lessons on the management of fisheries as well as conservation of the same.
The program coordinators will identify and engage the leading scientists in this field, and facilitate for their interactions with the learners though presentations as well as demonstrations on the most efficient ways of conserving fisheries. Staff and experts at the Ennis fish hatchery will also be largely involved in this program, as they shall guide the practical learning process for the students.
Processes and outcome objectives will be tracked. The technical assistance and evaluation of the effectiveness of the program will be provided by Prof. A. Williams from the Ennis National Fisheries.
The administrative as well as the financial management responsibilities will reside with the project managers (Students conservation association).The student’s conservation association will subcontract for services from the partner organizations such as Ennis national fish hatcheries among others but each party will be responsible for the management of their staff. Note, therefore that the student’s conservation association is entirely responsible for the management and administration of this project, from the start to the end, unless otherwise communicated in writing to yourselves.
As is specified by the grantors, the target area will be the Ennis National Fish Hatchery, that’s where this program will be conducted.
POTENTIAL FOR LONGTERM IMPACT AND REPLICABLILITY
While this program will be conducted in a rather constrained environment, and location, its impact will be far reaching. This is because the people that are involved, the target population, is students drawn from several institutions and are representative of various regions of the country and beyond. This means that there is a long term impact of the same, and this can be replicated elsewhere, since any of the participants will gain the capacity to manage a fishery or any other natural resources that may be available in their locality.
The target population, as earlier stated is drawn from various learning institutions and are students majoring in natural resources management and specifically fisheries conservation. The target population can also be expanded to include students or persons working as natural resources managers or researchers.
Access to the target population is guaranteed since these are students who actually need these skills to be able to fit in their future job endeavors as these skills are hands on and very important to any employer in the industry.
MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE OF THE APPLICANT
The student’s conservation association has so far been involved in the management of several funded projects, including one that involved forest conservation and funded by the forestry department. This was a three year project that involved maintaining of forest cover, research on new forest requirements as well as data collection and processing for the various species of trees in the tropical forests in the country. The project was successfully delivered, and in effect, there is sufficient evidence to indicate that the forest cover in the regions covered has significantly improved.
The student’s conservation association is responsible for hiring, training and inducting new staff into their roles and responsibilities. The key staff will include the chairman, treasurer, project coordinator as well as supervisor. The qualifications and resumes of these key staff can be obtained on request, or accessed through the students’ association web portal.
The project is expected to begin from January 2014, and run throughout the year. While all attempts will be made to avoid project activity spillovers, this being the first year of the project, we anticipate some slow adoption, and therefore expect to wind up the last activity by the first quarter of 2015.
This budget is a tentative projection, as the actual costs may vary. We however, project a margin of <10% change in the same.
Budget item Amount
Project activities $ 45,000
Hiring of specialists $ 10,000
Facilitation $ 4,000
Direct consumables $ 1,000
Salaries and wages-administrative $ 8,000
Other administrative costs $ 6,000
Establishment expenses $ 4,000
Miscellaneous expenses $ 2,000
Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). Adapted from: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247649