BirdWatch Zambia - IBA
What have we been doing in Zambia?
programme was officially launched in August 2005 with the help of
the BirdLife Africa Secretariat and the Norwegian Ornithological
Society.This programme was funded by NORAD and aimed at bringing 15
IBAs to a higher conservation status by the end of 2010. The project
was implemented by BWZ mainly through selected Schools and Site Support
Groups. From 2011 the Norwegian Ornithological Society supported
BirdWatch Zambia consolidate and sustain local site support groups and
environmental education programmes, and further develop avian
ecotourism. This project came to a close in December 2013.
Environment Fund - National Biodiversity and Species Protection
This was a short project which ran from May 2012 to October 2013 with
support of the Zambia Civil Society Environment Fund (CSEF). The goal
was to intensify biodiversity monitoring, bridge knowledge and
information gaps and enhance partnerships that contribute to management
of the country’s rich biodiversity within the protected area systems.
The project focused on detailed assessment of important
bird/biodiversity areas with the view of using the results for improved
site management and advocacy work.
CSEF project was implemented in five of Zambia’s forty-two IBAs. These
being Lukanga Swamps, Kafue Flats, Chisamba, Machile and Bangweulu
Wetlands. Over a period of 18 months, BWZ worked hard to enhance its
presence in these IBAs and scale-up biodiversity monitoring in
collaboration with other key institutions such as the Zambia Wildlife
Authority, the Forestry Department and Zambia Environmental Agency.
A Species Conservation Strategy for five trigger species in these IBAs
was developed. The species are: Zambian Barbet, Wattled Crane,
Grey-crowned Crane, Shoebill and Black-cheeked Lovebird. An Advocacy
Strategy on the conservation of these species and protection of IBAs
was also developed.
Fund Grants Programme - Support for Mutulanganga IBA Conservation and
Mutulanganga Community eco-tourism initiatives"
This project aimed at poverty reduction through livelihood enhancement
activities. The project aims at developing eco-tourism in the IBA as
well assisting the local industries of fishing and traditional crafts
(pottery and basketry).
The Community with support of UNDP-SGP and BWZ have built an
Eco-tourism Camp that will in future be able to fund further activities
in the area. Community Bird Guides have been trained in the IBA. In
addition to the camp, a local women’s group in the project area has
built a craft centre where local crafts in the form of pottery and reed
baskets are being made and sold.
At the 2013 Zambia GEF-SGP Best Practice and Knowledge Fair, this
project received an award for under the category Best Sustainable
Community Based Initiative Award.
Conservation and People Centred Project
This is a Global Environmental Facility – Small Grant Program (GEF-SGP)
project hosted by UNDP with support from DANIDA and the Danish
Government. The project has been designed to contribute towards
improving biodiversity conservation, increasing people’s resilience to
climate change, reducing anthropogenic pressures on West Lunga National
Park IBA and giving the local people an opportunity to fight poverty
through viable but sustainable enterprises. The project is a capacity
building project specifically support for beekeeping and fish farming
initiatives is being provided. So far over 100 beekeepers and 120 fish
farmers have been trained and given business start up materials. By the
end of the project 700 beehives will have been supplied and 30 group
owned fish ponds will have been constructed and stocked.
Two cycles of Biodiversity monitoring have been conducted in West Lunga
National Park in collaboration with ZAWA staff.
Conservation Centred Project
BirdWatch Zambia received funding from the Isdell Foundation in USA to
implement a project focused on a single
species; the Zambian Barbet.
The Zambian Barbet (Lybius chaplini); formerly known as Chaplin's
Barbet is Zambia’s only endemic bird species and is categorized as
‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List. It is a localized breeding resident
known from a relatively small area with occurrence confined to a few
sites in Central and Southern Provinces. The Zambian Barbet is known to
occur and breed in five Important Bird Areas; namely: Chisamba, Nkanga
River Conservation Area, Kafue Flats (Blue Lagoon), Kafue National Park
and probably Lukanga Swamps. The project is therefore confined to these
Lack of quantitative data on the actual population size and trends of
the Zambian Barbet is by far the greatest challenge to instituting
informed and effective action planning aimed at adequately conserving
and protecting this bird. This inadequacy makes it very difficult to
set quantitative population goals for this species. The long-term
conservation goal is to attain substantial increase in the wild
populations and down-listing of the Zambian Barbet from Vulnerable to
Locally Common. Although the actual population status of the Zambian
Barbet is unknown, change in the species threat status from Near
Threatened to Vulnerable calls for urgent conservation actions.