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Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project

Posted by on Mar 1, 2008 in Africa, Projects | Comments Off on Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project

Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project

The project is combining biodiversity conservation with education and sustainable development initiatives using bird conservation as the strategy to help bridge the digital divide in Africa and also to link up to almost 400,000 African children, members of wildlife clubs. The project was developed to fill gaps and support seventeen BirdLife Partner NGOs using wildlife clubs for environmental education in primary and secondary schools in Africa through a needs assessment of these wildlife clubs activities in 2004. These Partners are involved in providing environmental education to children in primary and secondary schools by means of Wildlife Clubs with a focus on the protection of the environment.

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Amazon Rainforest

Posted by on Mar 7, 2007 in Projects, South America | Comments Off on Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

At the end of 2006, the Jensen Foundation approved an important grant to support BirdLife International and SAVE Brasil in the development of a simple but effective blueprint for conservation of Amazonian biodiversity by identifying the most cost-effective and highest priority sites (using IBA criteria), and integrating the resulting portfolio of sites within national and regional development agendas.

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Pampas Grasslands

Posted by on Mar 5, 2007 in Projects, South America | Comments Off on Pampas Grasslands

Pampas Grasslands

The Pampas or Southern Cone Grasslands of South America cover an area of one million square kilometres in four Mercosur countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. They constitute one of the richest areas of grassland biodiversity in the world, especially noted for plant species diversity (many of considerable economic value) and grassland-dependent birds. Fifteen Pampas bird species are globally threatened with extinction, and natural grasslands are key to the conservation of many others, including various Arctic-breeding shorebirds. The Pampas also have deep cultural roots – as represented by the figure of the “gaucho” (a South American “cowboy”). Traditionally used for free-range cattle-ranching, these grasslands are increasingly being lost to intensive agriculture.

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Madagascar’s wetlands

Posted by on Mar 5, 2007 in Africa, Projects | Comments Off on Madagascar’s wetlands

Madagascar’s wetlands

BirdLife International, working with its Malagasy affiliate NGO, Asity Madagascar, is leading efforts to create two large Protected Areas in Madagascar’s wetlands. The two Protected Areas are known as the Mahavavy-Kinkony Complex in north-western Madagascar and the Mangoky-Ihotry Complex in south-western Madagascar. Each site includes a large river delta with estuary and mangrove areas, freshwater marshes and rivers, lakes and sandy and rocky coast. The sites also contain dry land ecosystems including deciduous forest, grasslands and caves; both also have a substantial human population.

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IBA Local Conservation Groups

Posted by on Mar 5, 2007 in Global, Projects | Comments Off on IBA Local Conservation Groups

IBA Local Conservation Groups

Analysis shows that the threats to Important Bird Areas are nearly always caused by people. But people are also part of the solution, and working with people at IBAs helps to engage a mainly local constituency in support of IBA conservation. It builds on what are often strong connections – economic, cultural, historical – between people and the sites where they live, work and engage in recreation. Working with local people can help to: galvanise local support and passion for conservation; mobilise the voice, influence and impact of local stakeholders; raise local awareness of the site and its local to global values; provide a cost effective mechanism for recording change and identifying threats; and provide an avenue for linking conservation of the environment to development and the livelihoods of local people.

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WWF – Kasungu-Lukusuzi TFCA

Posted by on Mar 1, 2007 in Africa, Projects | Comments Off on WWF – Kasungu-Lukusuzi TFCA

WWF – Kasungu-Lukusuzi TFCA

The proposed Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) is made up of two nationally gazetted national parks i.e., Kasungu (Malawi) and Lukususizi (Zambia) and will also encompass the Mwasemphangwe and Chikomene customary lands located between the two parks. Conceptually TFCAs can enhance conservation while spearheading the socio-economic development of targeted areas The Kasungu­-Lukusuzi system has the potential to make a viable TFCA and is one of the Miombo Ecoregion’s areas of biological significance. Historically, there arewell known movements of large mammals between two parks including elephant, giraffe, and puku. Further, the area holds an endemic tree frog Hyperolius kachololae, and an endemic fish – Mpasa – which breeds in the rivers running off the escarpment.

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WWF – Zambesi River

Posted by on Mar 1, 2007 in Africa, Projects | Comments Off on WWF – Zambesi River

WWF – Zambesi River

The Zambezi River Basin (ZRB) is Africa’s fourth largest River system. The basin covers an area of 1,4 million Km2 over eight countries and in a relatively dry part of sub-Saharan Africa, the river system supports livelihoods of over 40 million people in Southern Africa. A potentially controversial transfer of Zambezi Waters into the South African Province of Gauteng centered on Johannesburg’s ‘lndustrial Giant’ has been contemplated. Starting off in the Kaiene Hills in western Zambia, the river covers 2,700 km to the Indian Ocean. lt supports an abundant wealth of human, animal and aquatic life and a number of protected areas along its course a wide variety and high number of large mammalian herbivores such as white and black rhino, elephant, hippo, giraffe, lions, wild dogs and various antelopes.

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WWF – Mekong Giant Catfish

Posted by on Jan 1, 2007 in Asia, Projects | Comments Off on WWF – Mekong Giant Catfish

WWF – Mekong Giant Catfish

The Mekong giant catfish is one of the largest freshwater fish species in the world but has rarely been captured by fishermen in the entire Mekong Basin over the last 10 years. This is despite high fishing intensity in all regions where the species is known to occur. The Mekong giant catfish is only found in the Mekong river and its tributaries in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Local fishermen have previously caught specimens weighing over 300kg and more than 3m in length. A century ago, the Mekong giant catfish was found the entire length of the river from Vietnam to southern China.

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WWF – Irrawaddy dolphin Project

Posted by on Jan 1, 2007 in Asia, Projects | Comments Off on WWF – Irrawaddy dolphin Project

WWF – Irrawaddy dolphin Project

The largest freshwater population of lrrawaddy dolphins occurs along the Mekong River in Cambodia and southern Laos. This subpopulation is classifled as ‘ Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN with estimates of 80-100 individuals. Between 2001 and 2006, 72 dolphins – 60% of which were calves, died along the Mekong River. These figures underestimate true mortality as they do not reflect undetected deaths. Without understanding the etiology of dolphin mortality, extinction of the Mekong population will be unavoidable. Research to date has found that at least 64% of adult deaths are due to anthropogenic causes, particularly entanglement in fishing gear. Measures are underway to address this and encouragingly fewer dead adults are now being found. In contrast, aetiology has only been determined for one calf.

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WSPA – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Posted by on Oct 15, 2006 in Africa, Projects | Comments Off on WSPA – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

WSPA – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Since ancient times, hunters in Africa have used snares to catch their pray. Today however, the wildlife in Africa is hunted more than ever due to the increasing demand for wildlife meat in both the local and the international markets. Poaching and snaring are major problems in the Hombe and Ragati valleys near Mountain Lodge in the Mt. Kenya Forest Reserve. This project will support the work of an anti-poaching/de-snaring team and a mobile wildlife Veterinary Unit operating in the area to remave snares, deter poachers and provide veterinary care for affected wildlife.

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