BirdLife South Africa’s Policy and Advocacy Programme Manager Candice Stevens, together with the government of South Africa (represented by the Department of Environmental Affairs), have won this year’s Pathfinder Special Commendation award for their joint innovative work on biodiversity tax incentives in South Africa.
Over 200 nominations were submitted from across the world for the inaugural event, and Ms Stevens’ collaborative work with the South African government won in the Pathfinder Special Commendation award category.
We are living at a pivotal time for nature and for the future of our planet. They say we’re in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event, and the first to be caused by humans. Our own State of the World’s Birds 2018 reported that one in eight bird species is threatened with extinction. But there is still time to turn things around. The decisions we make now can set us on the path to recovery and a more sustainable world.
BirdLife International is the first recipient of the exceptional leadership award in environmental management and governance in Africa. The award was given by NEPAD, an economic development programme of the African Union to BirdLife on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The award recognizes BirdLife’s outstanding work in the conservation of birds, their habitats and global biodiversity in Africa.Read the full story of this terrific achievement here.
SOAB is a broad publication that examines the situation of birds in Africa, the challenges they face and the actions being taken to protect them by providing analyses of data and literature of major trends and changes in bird populations. The full report is now available on our website. Read the full story here.
The Liben Plain in southern Ethiopia is home to the Liben Lark Heteromirafra archeri (Critically Endangered), and is one of the few fragments of open grassland surviving in East Africa. However, the Liben Plain’s grasslands face threats from overgrazing, soil erosion, scrub encroachment and conversion to cropland. Now, less than 7,500 hectares of degraded grassland remains.
ABC vice-President recently visited Nigeria and discovered local people protecting their native forests. This is his account of what he found:
As I travel in tropical countries I get a bit disillusioned seeing wonderful old trees being felled and local communities hassled by those wanting to fell their local forests - mostly to meet rising demand from China. So good news at last!
Born in the village of Keyfoun near the foothills of Mount Lebanon, Assad Serhal grew up surrounded by nature and hunters, and he would get lost hunting in the wilderness with his father. However, as he grew older, he saw the effects hunting was having on wildlife, altering his path forever.
A reason to be proud: This year at the NaneNane Agriculture Exhibition, SAT broke its own records! More visitors, more farmer groups and a special guest of honor. Furthermore, 694 farmers from 29 groups who proved to comply with organic principles were awarded with organic certificates and the license to use the East African Organic Mark (EAOM) in marketing their organic products. Read about a farmer group which is now improving life standards of its members through organic agriculture.
Not all countries have the resources to conduct big scientific surveys. A pioneering new project across three African countries proves that local volunteers are an effective way to monitor the health of birds and the habitats they live in.
Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures is running a Birding & Wildlife race through the Kruger: https://www.rockjumperbirding.com/tours/kruger-bird-challenge-2019. There will be 21 teams competing against each other to record the most birds and mammals over a 9-day period. This promises to be great fun and will raise funds for BirdLife South Africa. Participants will either meet in Johannesburg at 8am on the 6th of February or at one of Kruger’s entry gates, if preferred.