Counting, monitoring and conserving birds and biodiversity in Botswana
By BirdLife.Botswana, Thu, 02/06/2011 - 10:53
BirdLife Botswana, through the financial support from the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP) in Botswana and the technical and financial support from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), has set up a Bird Population Monitoring (BPM) Programme in Botswana. The programme is sustained by dedicated, enthusiastic participants who voluntarily collect bird data every February and November. The programme is part of the global effort to monitor terrestrial birds around the world and has been adopted from the RSPB. The objectives of the programme are:
- To develop a Wild Bird Index for Botswana showing bird population trends over time.
- To use the trends to set conservation priorities, report on biodiversity changes/state of the environment in Botswana (and to contribute to African/global efforts – Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD). The data collected also feeds into our local database systems like the Department of Environmental Affairs Environment Information System (DEA EIS).
- To show that changes in the overall condition of ecosystems can be used by decision-makers to influence politicians to find suitable biodiversity management solutions.
- To increase levels of community participation through building the appropriate capacity in bird identification and awareness