- Ms Lameez Eksteen (South Africa) is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Education at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Core to this degree is the question of how education can be reoriented towards creative agency, sustainable futures, capabilities development and socio-ecological justice.
- Ms Georgina Kamanga (Zambia) is completing her BSc in Wildlife Conservation & Natural Resources Management at Livingstone International University, Lusaka, Zambia. Her aim is to develop into a wildlife and natural resources expert with special emphasis on how community based conservation strategies can effectively contribute to law enforcement in the quest to reduce illegal wildlife trade.
- Mr John Lyakurwa (Tanzania) begins an MSc in Ecology at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and will conduct his research in the Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve (USFR), which is a global biodiversity hotspot.
- Ms Kholosa Magudu (South Africa) starts the final year of her MSc in Geography & Environmental Science at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Her research topic is "The importance of intact riparian habitats in maintaining good in-stream water quality".
- Ms Irene Franceline Mbouwe (Cameroon) will pursue the final year of her Masters in Environmental & Social Impact Assessment at the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Her field of study will help her to better contribute to forest and climate conservation work in Africa with an impact on carbon reduction.
- Mr Lackson Ngandu (Zambia) is in the final year of his Masters in Natural Resource Management at Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia. He will return to his role with Zambia Wildlife Authority, a WWF partner organization, and apply his new skills in protected area management.
- Mr Olaniyi Oluwatobi (Nigeria) is taking a Certificate Course in Remote Sensing & GIS in Natural Resources Management at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. This knowledge will help him assist his university with capacity building in how to monitor the quantitative and qualitative changes of forest cover and their effects.
- Mr Evariste Rutebuka (Rwanda) is in the final year of his Masters in Ecological Environment Protection & Management at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China. His research in Rwanda, in the centre of the Albertine Rift Montane Forest Ecoregion, focuses on the Nyungwe National Park, home of the endangered Great Apes and other primates and birds species in the region, the Nile river source and Volcanoes National Park, which hosts the critically endangered mountain Gorillas. This region is considered to be the highest in species richness in Africa, and is a priority site for WWF. A new energy-based approach in environmental accounting applies the common metric values (solar energy) to attribute ecoprice to natural resources and ecosystem services, but also to measure its environmental sustainability.
- Mr Willie Sagona (Malawi) is doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Plant Red Data List Assessment at the National Herbarium & Botanic Gardens of Malawi. The course uses IUCN species risk assessment tools and focusses on human capacity building, while field work will be done at Lake Malawi National Park, a biodiversity hotspot and WWF priority area.
Lameez Eksteen of South Africa
Georgina Kamanga of Zambia
John Lyakurwa of Tanzania
Kholosa Magudu of South Africa
Irene Franceline Mbouwe of Cameroon
Lackson Ngandu of Zambia
Olaniyi Oluwatobi of Nigeria
Evariste Rutebuka of Rwanda
Willie Sagona of Malawi