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 details of this exciting news here.
Just as birds fly the length of Africa on their migration, so the love of birds forms a chain linking different schools in different countries across the continent. On the 12th of May, each school celebrated World Migratory Bird Day in their own unique way. Here are just a few of the sites and ways in which they celebrated:
Kallisaye Ornithological Reserve, Senegal.
Rusizi National Park, Burundi.
Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, Senegal River Delta.
ODZH in Guinea Bissau
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Inside Tanzania lies a nearly undisturbed tract of land roughly the size of Switzerland. The Selous Game Reserve is one of the last areas of wilderness left on Earth. Due to its importance as a largely untouched habitat, this vast expanse was named a World Heritage Site in 1982.
The Western Area National Park is a forest reserve in Sierra Leone that still holds one of the last strongholds of pristine forest in the country and represents a significant portion of the remaining forest cover in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot. The park is rich in diverse species, with a range of hills and steep mountains that border the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
The 10th of May 2018 was an ordinary day for the Ba’ale of Mokore, the chief of Mokore village near Omo Bioshpere Reserve – that is, until the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF, BirdLife Nigeria) called on him. He hadn’t heard much about World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) before, but he was aware that some bird species would arrive at his village and then disappear, only to return after some time.
It’s a refuge for Endangered species found at only a handful of other sites. It stores rainwater, traps carbon and even regulates the local climate. But this unique and globally important forest has no formal protection.
The wide use, and poor waste management, of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Malawi has recently become a major concern for government, environmental and conservation organisations, and advocates of a safe and healthy environment. Plastic bag pollution threatens the country’s ecosystems at all levels including land, river and lakes. Plastic packages have replaced natural and biodegradable materials as a cheap, quick way to package food and shopping items – leading to debates on the negative effects that their disposal could have on the environment and people’s health.