Ethiopia - Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS)

BirdLife Partner

P O Box 13303, Addis Ababa, ET
+251 116 636792


Mission of the organisation

Under the theme "Conservation for Survival", the overall goal of the Society is Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Ethiopian Resources; Specific Objectives are:

  • Conduct and support research concerning Ethiopia’s fauna and flora
  • Disseminate information and create awareness of the need for the conservation and wise use of Ethiopia’s natural resources and the environment

Key Activities

Indoor/Outdoor activities

  • Serves the non-formal environmental education component
  • Produces opportunity for members and non-members to learn about Ethiopia’s environment and national and historical heritage (lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Panel discussions, field trips etc,)
  • Plant Locally and Nurture Trees (PLANT)
  • Promote the planting of indigenous tree species
  • Raise and distribute a variety of seedlings of indigenous tree species
  • Provide information, technical advice and material support to schools, organisations and individuals on developing nurseries.
  • Environmental Education Support Publication Prject (EESP) and Schools Environmental Education Projects (SEEP)
  • Production and distribution of a range of thematic Environmental Education materials (Quasi-scientific Journal, Bi-annual School Magazine, Quarterly Newsletter, Fact Sheets, Readers, Posters, Brochures etc)
  • Establishment of Nature Clubs at schools and other sectors
  • Support production of school-based Club Newsletter (stationery, training, technical advice etc)
  • Biodiversity Research Programme
  • Identify, select and prioritize key sites for the conservation of biodiversity using birds as indicators
  • Develop site conservation management/action plans
  • Play advocacy roles and lobby conservation of key biodiversity sites
  • Provide technical assistance to researchers.

Recent Achievements

  • Continued to survey and monitor birds in wetlands, forests and mountainous areas
  • Conducted fieldwork that extended the known range of Ankober Serin
  • Discovered new sites and areas where Harwood's Francolin is locally abundant Monitored populations of White-winged Flufftail
  • Found a new important site for the endemic Spot-breasted Plover
  • Undertook an educational and awareness raising regional workshop on the vulnerable Harwood's Francolin. A bilingual (English and Amharic) poster was produced, urging conservation action to save the speices
  • Continued to expand the annual waterfowl census programme. These data will be invaluable for monitoring future trends in waterbird populations.
  • Carried out bird survey work on the Ankober Serin and Harwood's Francolin and field surveys at localities within the Great Rift Valley system
  • Pressed for the Ethiopian Government to sign up to the African-Eurasian Migratory Water Bird Agreement and advocated for better management practices to be employed at the Weserbi and Berga wetlands, the only known breeding sites for the White-winged Flufftail
  • Carried out intensive field surveys on the White-winged Flufftail, in collaboration with the Middelpunt Wetland Trust and the University of Natal, South Africa, resulting in the discovery of the first ever nest of the species
  • Continued a programme of educational awareness raising with materials distributed to schoolchildren to enable them to take part in a Hammerkop survey

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