Together for migratory birds along Atlantic coast of Africa (CMB2)
Project title: Coastal Migratory Birds phase 2 (CMB2) – strong capacity and targeted action for nature along the Atlantic coast of Africa
Project funding: MAVA Foundation, co-funded by Vogelbescherming Netherlands (VBN)
What is threatening migratory birds in West Africa?
Many populations of shorebirds are in decline. While some species are globally threatened, others are at the risk of becoming globally threatened. The scientific review of migratory birds and habitats in West Africa report (BirdLife International 2013) concluded that the countries in the project region ( from Mauritania to Sierra Leone) are a key “resource” for migratory shorebirds. Nearly half of these key sites currently have no or only very little protection, and all of these species are at risk from a similar suite of threats, including agricultural conversion, indiscriminate pesticide use, and disturbance. Sites important for shorebirds are important for people because of ecosystem services and economic possibilities they are providing: water supply, fisheries, agriculture, biomass, wildlife resources, transport, recreation and tourism opportunities. As a result, the sites important for shorebirds are under threat from overexploitation of natural resources and increasingly by the effects of climate change.
What are we doing?
The CMB2 project builds on the results of CMB1 and has an objective of developing a regional capacity for the monitoring and conservation of shorebirds and other threatened migratory waterbirds along the Atlantic coast of Africa, with a focus on Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea Bissau.
How are we going to deliver the long-term results for migratory shorebirds and other aspects of biodiversity?
The project implements a targeted programme of conservation action on different intervention levels:
- Independent and well-managed national conservation NGOs along the East Atlantic flyway, with increased capacity to strategically address conservation issues in their countries and in close collaboration with key stakeholders at local, national and international levels.
- Significant improvement in management and land use in three key sites Aftout Es Saheli in Mauritania, Kalissaye Ornithological Nature Reserve in Senegal and Orango National Park in Bijagos, Guinea Bissau.vThrough this, the project will contribute to the recovery of migratory shorebird populations, among them, the following species: Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Spoonbill and Red Knot. Site management will also contribute to the socio-economic development for local communities.
- Strengthened international collaboration along the East Atlantic Flyway for the conservation of migratory shorebirds.
Also available in French: http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/des-femmes-actives-dans-la-mangrove
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