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.
ABC vice-President recently visited Nigeria and discovered local people protecting their native forests. This is his account of what he found:
As I travel in tropical countries I get a bit disillusioned seeing wonderful old trees being felled and local communities hassled by those wanting to fell their local forests - mostly to meet rising demand from China. So good news at last!
Born in the village of Keyfoun near the foothills of Mount Lebanon, Assad Serhal grew up surrounded by nature and hunters, and he would get lost hunting in the wilderness with his father. However, as he grew older, he saw the effects hunting was having on wildlife, altering his path forever.
A reason to be proud: This year at the NaneNane Agriculture Exhibition, SAT broke its own records! More visitors, more farmer groups and a special guest of honor. Furthermore, 694 farmers from 29 groups who proved to comply with organic principles were awarded with organic certificates and the license to use the East African Organic Mark (EAOM) in marketing their organic products. Read about a farmer group which is now improving life standards of its members through organic agriculture.
Not all countries have the resources to conduct big scientific surveys. A pioneering new project across three African countries proves that local volunteers are an effective way to monitor the health of birds and the habitats they live in.
Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures is running a Birding & Wildlife race through the Kruger: https://www.rockjumperbirding.com/tours/kruger-bird-challenge-2019. There will be 21 teams competing against each other to record the most birds and mammals over a 9-day period. This promises to be great fun and will raise funds for BirdLife South Africa. Participants will either meet in Johannesburg at 8am on the 6th of February or at one of Kruger’s entry gates, if preferred.
BirdLife International is the first recipient of the exceptional leadership award in environmental management and governance in Africa. The award was given by NEPAD, an economic development programme of the African Union to BirdLife on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The award recognizes BirdLife’s outstanding work in the conservation of birds, their habitats and global biodiversity in Africa. Read the full details of this exciting news here.
Just as birds fly the length of Africa on their migration, so the love of birds forms a chain linking different schools in different countries across the continent. On the 12th of May, each school celebrated World Migratory Bird Day in their own unique way. Here are just a few of the sites and ways in which they celebrated:
Kallisaye Ornithological Reserve, Senegal.
Rusizi National Park, Burundi.
Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, Senegal River Delta.
ODZH in Guinea Bissau
A fascinating seminar on "The Bird in Tunisia's Heritage".
For millennia, vultures have aided humans in their role as nature’s rapid-response clean-up crew. Now, Kenya is repaying the favour with a new rapid-response unit to combat vulture poisoning: part of an ambitious project to save Africa’s vultures.
Can we end deforestation once and for all? Here’s why we all need to get behind the Trillion Trees Vision.