The latest projects that the African Bird Club (ABC) is supporting through our Awards Programme are:
• Training and upskilling of African Penguin and seabird rangers by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in South Africa.
• A survey by Lily-Arison René de Roland of Dusky Tetraka at the northern known key sites in Madagascar.
• An investigation by Nico Arcilla, in collaboration with Francis Guetse, of the impacts and implications of hunting and wildlife trade on the conservation status of forest hornbills in Littoral Cameroon.
• An aerial survey by Jonah Gula of waterbird nesting colonies on the Barotse floodplain in Zambia.
• A preliminary assessment by Sopani Sichinga of Southern Ground Hornbills in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, Malawi.
• An avifaunal survey by Cornelius Mulili Kyalo of the little-known Nzaui forest ecosystem in south-eastern Kenya.
SANCCOB and Sopani received ABC Conservation Awards of £2,666 and £2,335, respectively, Nico and Francis received emergency funding of £3,000, Lily-Arison and Jonah received grants of £3,000 and £2,500, respectively, and Cornelius received an ABC Conservation Award of £3,000.
ABC is also currently partnering with Fundação Kissama to promote and collect funds for an ongoing project to protect Afromontane forest at Mount Moco, the highest mountain and a proposed new conservation area in Angola. The forest is home to several endemic birds including Swierstra’s Francolin. All funds raised will be spent in Angola, mostly on employing local community members to plant trees and burn firebreaks.
If you would like to help reforest Mount Moco and offset your carbon footprint, click here and donate whatever you can today.