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Sedimentation in Lake Kivu, fish breeding sites are threatened ©ACNR

Efforts to enhance climate change resilience in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basins

Thu, 18/08/2016
The CRAG project is applying various conservation approaches and activities, such as integrated water management; ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change; soil erosion, pollution and forest management; and community livelihoods, which have impact across a landscape gradient in ways that directly benefit human wellbeing and the biodiversity.
South Africa's Grasslands IBA receiving tax benefits © C. Stevens

Can Tax Save Birds?

Tue, 09/08/2016
South Africa’s IBA Team are using key tax incentives in conjunction with the national Biodiversity Stewardship model, to conserve and better manage vital habitats for birds and other biodiversity.
View of Lake Kivu from Rusizi River © Josep Casas

Sediment fingerprinting: monitoring erosion in the Lake Kivu-Rusizi River landscape

Tue, 26/07/2016
Erosion resulting from human activities such as agriculture is a widespread and major cause of land degradation. Addressing erosion and sedimentation is therefore central to the CRAG approach currently being piloted in the Lake Kivu–Rusizi River Basins in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda.
Biosfera team helping the Cape Verde Shearwater © Liz Smith

Winning hearts and minds in Cape Verde

Tue, 19/07/2016
Video story: step into a desert island wilderness, where conservation work for turtles and birds is delivering heartening, long lasting, results: “Now the fishermen work with us, they help us count the birds instead of killing them. They even adopt turtle nests. It is a big, big change.”
Marabou Storks in Lake Victoria © Marc Veraart

Traditional wisdom and conservation science in Lake Victoria

Fri, 15/07/2016
New analysis reveals key factors that could help make or break a conservation project, and practitioners in Africa and around the world can all benefit from their hard-won lessons.
Sweep-netting to identify shea pollinators. Photo © J Stout

Shea butter nourishes more than dry skin

Thu, 30/06/2016
The benefits of shea butter are plenty, but the future of this valuable oil may not be as smooth. The shea tree’s surrounding habitat is steadily being stripped of diversely flowering trees and shrubs, impacting pollinators and diminishing yields. This loss of habitat also lowers numbers of insect-hungry migratory birds. A new BirdLife project, funded by the Darwin Initiative, aims to help crack this tough nut. Education, replanting, research, and collaboration with Industry form part of a pilot project aiming to soften the rough areas of Burkina Faso’s shea butter production.
Participants during birdwatching contest in El Sunt Forest Reserve © SWS

Safe skies for migratory birds in Sudan

Thu, 16/06/2016
The Sudanese Wildlife Society (SWS) held a one day workshop to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on 23rd May 2016, under the theme '... and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade'.
Lutembe Wetland affected site © RAMCEA

Conservation Strides: Lutembe bay forms Ramsar Site Committee

Mon, 13/06/2016
The Ramsar office for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA) through MacArthur funding has taken a step towards promoting the sustainable management of the wetland by constituting and training a Ramsar site committee for Lutembe wetlands, Uganda.