Birdlife Strategies Bear Fruit

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Birdlife Botswana director, Dr Kabelo Senyatso has attributed strides made in conservation of birds to effective strategies put in place by his organisation.

The strategies, which proved worthwhile include environmental education as well as designation of some areas as protected, he said.

“Protected areas such as Flamingo Sanctuary and Lake Ngami have resulted in improved birds’ status,” he said. These strategies and many others, he added narrowed threats occasioned on birds.

Dr Senyatso said habitat loss, illegal hunting and killings of bird species like kgori and Ground Hornbills, poisoning of vultures and collisions with power lines remained a challenge to bird conservation.

He noted that a lot of ground had been covered although a lot more has to be done, particularly for vulture conservation through establishment of bird tourism projects.

Dr Senyatso said currently, Botswana Cape Vulture population estimates stand at just over 1 000, Wattled Crane 1 200 and Slaty Egret at 2 400 birds.

In a concerted effort to drive its objective, Birdlife Botswana has increased its awareness programmes through media, public lectures, face to face meetings with key stakeholders and many other forums.

The initiative, he said, was crucial for his organisation to demonstrate its relevance, thereby attracting support from prospective supporters.

“In this regard, through our interactions, we have demonstrated that we are not solely about birds, but use them as an entry point towards conservation of Botswana’s biodiversity and environments, while promoting alternative livelihoods and development pathways that sustainably benefit both people and nature,” he noted.

Dr Senyatso stated that besides economic spin offs derived from bird tourism, birds acts as important pollination agents, and some bird species such as vultures remove carcasses, which helps minimise disease spread.

Birdlife Botswana is a non-profit organisation and has been in existence since 1980 although prior to 2000 it was known as Botswana Bird Club.

Its aims are to encourage and promote an interest in and knowledge of birds and bird watching, undertake and assist research and recording within Botswana and aice on formulation and enforcement of programmes and legislation in relation to conservation of birds and their habitats.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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