South Africa - BirdLife South Africa (BLSA)
Founded in: 1930
Address: Lewis House, 239 Barkston Drive, Blairgowrie, ZA
Tel/Fax: Tel. (011) 789 1122 ; Fax. (011) 789 5188
Mission of the organisation
To promote the enjoyment, conservation, understanding and study of birds and their habitats.
- Recreational birding through 32 bird clubs
- Important Bird Areas Programme
- Threatened species conservation
- Preventing Extinctions Programme – Species Guardians and Species Champions
- Environmental Education Programme in southern Mpumalanga
- Global Seabird Programme/Albatross Task Force
- Bird Guide Development Programme
- Wakkerstroom Centre
- Publication of a scientific journal, Ostrich, and BLSA's bi-monthly magazine African Birdlife.
- Promoting activities: Birding Big Day and Bird of the Year
- Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP2)
- Compilation of an annual Bird Checklist for South Africa
- Established an IBA Programme as a participating member in an African NGO-government partnership for sustainable biodiversity action
- Set up a programme for the creation of environmental educational material for the new South African school syllabi
- Hosted a successful Sasol Bird Fair in Johannesburg
- Events: Bird of the Year, Birding Big Day, Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival
- Species conservation projects for threatened species in the threatened grassland biome (including White-bellied Korhaan and Southern Bald Ibis)
- Habitat Management Plans for threatened and endemic grassland species e.g. Adaptive Management Plan for High Altitude Grasslands: Ingula as a case study
- Revision of The Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
- Avian Sensitivity Map for wind farms and development of standardized guidelines for best monitoring practices at wind farms according to international best practice
- Development of position statements including: potential impacts of both wind and solar farms on birds; invasive birds; feeding of birds: bird ringing; lead poisoning of birds, ethics for birders when birding; impact of an increased abundance of Pied Crows on South African biodiversity; management of domestic and feral cats; and the effect of solar power facilities on birds.
- Involved with EIAs especially with regard to mining applications
- Supporting implementation of multilateral agreements in South Africa
- Participation in Environmental Management Frameworks
- Checklist published for South African species in English (annual update) and Afrikaans
- Albatross Task Force (ATF) – significant reductions in seabird mortalities in fisheries where AFT works
- Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs)
- Marine Important Bird Areas – establishment of national and regional marine IBA projects
- Secured Species Champions for African Penguin, Secretarybird, Southern Bald Ibis, Taita Falcon and White-winged Flufftail.
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