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Can the Liben Lark be saved?

Date posted: 
Friday, October 26, 2018

How has the Liben Lark responded to the creation of Community Nature Reserves?

There are thought to be fewer than 250 Liben Larks left © Nikk Borrow

The Liben Plain in southern Ethiopia is home to the Liben Lark Heteromirafra archeri (Critically Endangered), and is one of the few fragments of open grassland surviving in East Africa. However, the Liben Plain’s grasslands face threats from overgrazing, soil erosion, scrub encroachment and conversion to cropland. Now, less than 7,500 hectares of degraded grassland remains. These threats are driven by poverty, population growth and drought, which pushes pastoralist communities into using the plain unsustainably.

“This brings about problems not only for the pastoralist community’s livelihoods, but also for the unique biodiversity found in this Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Human lives and biodiversity are at stake and thus we need sustain action that helps the lark as well as the people”, says Mengistu Wondafrash of the Ethiopia Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS, BirdLife Partner).

Fortunately, action has been taken to address these issues. Read the full story here.

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