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Agbokim Falls in Cross River National Park

BirdLife advocates to halt construction of superhighway through IBA in Nigeria

Mon, 18/04/2016 - 10:19

The Cross River National Park, one of the most biological diverse sites in Nigeria and an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) is currently being threatened by the construction of a Super-Highway.

Africa Nigeria

The White-necked Picathartes, a unique species in Ghana ©Michael Anderson

Ghana to Host Future4Nature Innovation Factory: A place for thinking outside the box

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 15:55

From 29th – 31st March 2016, BirdLife International, Ghana Wildlife Society and the Legon Botanical Gardens will host the Future4Nature kick-off event in Akosombo Ghana, to develop shared, innovative solutions tailored to conditions in Ghana that will lead to long-term improvements in people’s lives.

Africa Ghana Capacity Development

African vulture pilot study aims to reduce poisoning deaths

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 12:35

'Saving Africa’s Vultures', a new project to tackle the continent’s escalating vulture crisis, is now up and running, and aims to find out more about – and significantly reduce – the greatest threat facing African vultures: poisoning.

Africa Botswana

Transformation for Conservation in the Mara Wetlands

Mon, 29/02/2016 - 12:50

Working with local people is critical to effective, sustainable and equitable conservation. South Mara Water Users Association is a Local Conservation Group (LCG) working in the Masurura Swamp, Mara in Tanzania, one of the critical wetlands in the Lake Victoria Basin.

Africa Tanzania Capacity Development

Very high diversity 3km into the Chunga Lagoon ©Bird Watch Zambia

January Waterbird counts on the Kafue Flats

Mon, 29/02/2016 - 11:12

Waterbird counts on the Kafue Flats in Zambia have been conducted bi-annually for nearly 15 years: the numbers and diversity of species on the flats are always a marvel.

Africa Zambia

Flowers of the shea tree Vitellaria paradoxa © Jane Stout

Learning about the birds and the bees in West Africa

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 18:26

Embarking on a new research project to uncover the secrets of bird declines and loss of habitat diversity in the shea zone of Africa, where shea pollination, biodiversity and livelihoods are linked.

Africa Burkina Faso Local Engagement and Empowerment

A section of Lutembe bay wetland ©BirdLife International

Securing sustainable futures for wetland communities in Lake Victoria Basin

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:55

Communities around Lake Victoria Basin rely on wetlands for their livelihoods. These wetlands provide important ecosystem services including food, raw materials, fresh water, medicine, waste-water treatment, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and fertility.

Africa Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa

Ruth, one of the young women who have joined the group of local guides (Eco-Tourism group) clearing some of the nature trails in the Kikuyu Escarpment forest in Kenya © KENVO

Women in Conservation: de-mystifying the myth of ‘the weaker sex’

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:53

Second article in the new series about 'women in conservation', based on the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that have been implemented at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.

Africa Kenya

Woodfuel is a multi-billion dollar business in Sub-Saharan Africa  © A. Schenk

A burning issue: woodfuel, public health, land degradation and conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, 25/01/2016 - 13:17

Wood is a key source of energy that has been used for millennia for cooking, boiling water, lighting and heating. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 90% of the population relies on woodfuel. In November 2015, Dr. Mary Njenga, a scientist in bioenergy from the World Agroforestry Centre, held a presentation on the subject at the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, outlining the issues related to the use of woodfuel and viable local solutions.

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