University of St Andrews

Tammy Davies awarded £6000 by The Rufford Small Grants Foundation

Friday 13 January 2012

The Rufford Small Grants Foundation has awarded £6000 to Tammy Davies, a PhD student based at the School, to conduct her innovative work in the Solomon Islands.

The project, which is titled “Conserving one of the last coastal rainforests: establishing baseline data and building capacity for community conservation on Makira” will provide vital baseline biodiversity data and improve understanding of how people use natural resources. It will help local communities consider the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems for continued resource provision and will build local capacity and aid learning through: training local people in research skills; running participatory workshops, and producing a local bird guide in the local language. The work will also contribute to international conservation strategies and establishing skill-sets and monitoring procedures for long-term community conservation in the region.