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Theres a few keen students at local universities, including at least one thesis/report on waders and waterbirds at a couple of wetlands near Dili. Since 2002 BirdLife International-Asia Programme has supported field surveys of key sites which has involved collaboration with local Govt (Environment and also Forestry Depts). Some of the staff have been quite keen to learn field survey techniques, ID birds and other wildlife, and document the biodiversity of key sites. A few staff were already very knowledgeable, with extensive field experience, and already knew the local names of most of the larger birds. Birdlife supported projects included the IBA program, and the production of a Field Guide to the Birds of Timor-Leste.......
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