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Africa
6 Apr 2017

Welcome to the all-new BirdLife Africa monthly newsletter

If you’re new to BirdLife, here’s us in 20 seconds: our Partnership is about birds, biodiversity and the improvement of livelihoods of people.

Ostrich in the evening sun © Govorov Evgeny
Ostrich in the evening sun © Govorov Evgeny
By Julius Arinaitwe, Regional Director for Africa

Welcome to the all-new BirdLife Africa monthly newsletter. If you’re new to BirdLife, here’s us in 20 seconds: our Partnership is about birds, biodiversity and the improvement of livelihoods of people.

Birds, our beloved ambassadors, do not know political, geographic or cultural boundaries: they provide a strong uniting factor for us all to work together. The BirdLife Africa Partnership is present in 25 countries, and we also run projects in 14 additional countries across the continent.

Africa is incredibly rich and diverse in terms of natural resources. We are home to more than 25 percent of the world’s bird species, and boast a dazzling array of landscapes and seascapes that provide an astounding interrelation between people and nature.

Unfortunately, the future of our nature is not very bright as key ecosystems, and the wealth they provide, are being eroded. Our teams of passionate individuals are on the front line to halt the dramatic ongoing loss of biodiversity, and to bring all stakeholders together to embrace nature in a way that benefits current and future generations.

One of the greatest sons of Africa, Nelson Mandela, used to say: “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. That is what we think about the seemingly unstoppable destruction of natural wealth.

In this issue, we report on how local solutions have been applied to protect wetlands in Harare from damaging development, how women in Senegal are producing “white gold” (salt) whilst protecting mangrove forests, and shine a spotlight on the dwindling fortunes of Africa’s most cuddly bird, the African Penguin. And we also bring you stories from BirdLife’s work across the globe.

Enjoy! (and please, share)

Dr Julius Arinaitwe

Regional Director for Africa

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