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African vulture pilot study aims to reduce poisoning deaths

Fri, 11/03/2016
'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.

Transformation for Conservation in the Mara Wetlands

Mon, 29/02/2016
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.
Very high diversity 3km into the Chunga Lagoon ©Bird Watch Zambia

January Waterbird counts on the Kafue Flats

Mon, 29/02/2016
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.
Flowers of the shea tree Vitellaria paradoxa © Jane Stout

Learning about the birds and the bees in West Africa

Tue, 23/02/2016
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.
A section of Lutembe bay wetland ©BirdLife International

Securing sustainable futures for wetland communities in Lake Victoria Basin

Tue, 02/02/2016
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.
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
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.
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
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.

The women are back!

Wed, 20/01/2016
Continuation of the 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.
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Business meets biodiversity to conserve and value Africa’s ecosystems

Tue, 19/01/2016
With the launch of a video, we look back and celebrate the success of the Pan-African Business & Biodiversity Forum - a first-of-its-kind forum that pushed nature-thinking into discussions on the sustainable development of Africa to benefit nature, people and business.