Senegal (1 site)
Mauritania (3 sites)
2. Keur Macene
3. Lac de Widim Mauritania
4. Lac du Mal Senegal
Burkina Faso (3 sites) Burkina Faso
5. Sourou River Basin Nigeria
6. Lac Oursi-Darkoye
7. Lac Higa
Nigeria (5 sites)
8. Adiani Forest Reserve
9. Nguru-Marma Channel
10. Baturiya wetland
11. Rima River Basin
12. Machina oasis
BirdLife’s projects use a methodology which has proven successful in other countries. The method is centred on working with the local population to create an area management plan in which environmental restoration, through sustainable land use, is combined with improving people’s potential to support themselves. The method works to a number of fixed steps.
Step 1. Setting up Site Support Group
The national BirdLife organisation sets up a Site Support Group (SSG) in and around an area important to birds. The SSG is made up of representatives from the local population who work towards conserving and protecting birds and their habitat, combating poverty, and building sustainability.
Step 2. Setting a participatory management plan
The SSG plays a crucial role in this. An inventory is created of the needs and interests of both people and birds/biodiversity; issues and requests are taken on board; and solutions and measures are developed. This is shaped into a management plan, which sets out agreements about the sustainable use of natural resources.
Step 3. Implementing the management plan
The agreements set out in the management plan are put into practice. This usually means launching economic initiatives which lead both to the restoration and conservation of the natural environment and to raising incomes and improving living conditions.
Step 4. Monitoring and evaluation
Following up on the development of vegetation, bird numbers and people’s socio-economic circumstances reveals the measure of success. Monitoring and evaluation may lead to some adjustments.