On 23 January 2021, an ecological tragedy unfolded at the large Djoudj National Park of Senegal in which 750 pelicans (740 offspring and 10 adults) died, as reported by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Abdou Karim Sall.
Mauritania : Long-term changes in seagrass and benthos at Banc d’Arguin, the premier intertidal system along the East Atlantic Flyway
The benthic communities of soft-sediment intertidal ecosystems trophically underpin the migration of birds and fish. Within the East Atlantic Flyway, along the coast of West-Africa, the intertidal mudflats of Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, host over 2 million migratory waterbirds.
Capacity building for managers in Mauritania: Training in Ramsar sites information system and update of Ramsar datasheet
The managers of the Banc d’Arguin National Park and of the Diawling National Park in Mauritania attended a five-day training seminar (7-13 December 2020) on the access to and use of the Ramsar sites information service (RSIS).
DIOE Project (WIACO): from mapping the use of key sites in Senegal to establishing networks of counters for waterbird census
As part of the activities for the transition to phase II, the capacity development project for the conservation and monitoring of waterbirds along the West Africa coast (DIOE) engaged key players (park workers and volunteers) in September 2020 to collect information on the use of the sites located in the areas of the Saloum Delta and of the lower delta of the Senegal Rive
Guinea-Bissau: Creating linkages between shorebirds and people through traditional shell hunting in the Bijagós
The Bijagós archipelago stands as a major overwintering site for migratory shorebirds on the East Atlantic flyway where several bird populations are currently declining. The archipelago is also home to the Bijagós people, known for their rich cultural heritage and their complex land management systems designed to protect natural resources, based on sacred rules and woods.
Guinea-Bissau : What fuels shorebird food webs in a pristine mangrove-bordered West African intertidal ecosystem?
Mangrove forests are dominant elements in many tropical and sub-tropical coastal and estuarine ecosystems and are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, providing a wide variety of services benefiting both the human well-being and nearby ecological systems. Africa is the continent with the second largest extent of mangroves, and Guinea-Bissau, in west Africa, is currently among the 15 countries with the largest extent of mangrove forest in the world, and the second in Africa.
The Parc National du Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania hosts the largest concentrations of coastal waterbirds along the East Atlantic Flyway. In spite of this importance, a review of the changes in the numbers of waterbirds in the area is lacking since the first complete count in 1980.
A bird said to have the aerodynamic build of a “jet fighter” has been tracked flying more than 12,000km (7,500 miles) from Alaska to New Zealand, setting a new world record for avian non-stop flight.
Every year around the world, a break is taken to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day. This celebration takes place twice in a year, i.e. on the second Saturday of May and October. First established in 2006 as part of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals, this World Day can be seen as an awareness-raising campaign focusing on the need to preserve migratory birds and their habitats.
Consider environmental, social and legal aspects, particularly with regard to preliminary impact studies, inform and educate non state actors about management tools; such were the objectives of a two-day workshop that opened this Thursday in Conakry, with in attendance twenty or so participants from the scientific community, environmental protection associations and the media.
The marine and coastal environment will take centre stage in the meeting to which about thirty reporters specialised in environmental issues are expected from seven countries, including Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde, Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea, under the initiative of the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM) and Wetlands International, an organisation working to protect wetlands in Africa, in particular
The large scale ecosystemic engineering of greater flamingos and fiddler crabs fosters the joint availability of food in West Africa’s intertidal mudflats
In ecology, the concept of ecosystem engineer is most common, unlike the concept of joint engineering operated by several species on a large scale.