Training in bird census and donations of equipment by Wetlands International Africa

Improve the knowledge and skills of national bodies and staff responsible for coordinating the census of waterbirds; such was the objective of the training provided by Wetlands International Africa under the DIOE project financed by the MAVA Foundation.

Wetlands International Africa organised a regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal from 9 to 11 July 2019 on waterbird census. The workshop was intended for national bodies and teams in charge of coordinating waterbird census in Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, being specifically the Banc d’Arguin National Park, the Diawling National Park (PND), the Directorate of coastal protected areas (DAPL), Nature Mauritanie, the Directorate of National Parks (DPN), the Directorate of Community Marine Protected Areas (DAMCP), Nature Communautés et Développement (NCD), the Institute for Protected Areas Management (IBAP), the Association for the Defense and Developmennt of Wetlands (ODZH) and the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management (DPWM).

Mrs. Khady Gueye Fall, Project Officer, Wetlands International Africa, and Mr. Tom Langendoen, Manager of the international database on international waterbird census, provided participants with enough inputs likely to help them improve their knowledge and skills in the processing, analysis and use of related data for the purpose of monitoring and resource mobilisation as part of conservation work.

The opportunity of the hands-on sessions was seized to correct data related to numbers and refine the geographical delimitations of census sites entered in the international database of each country represented, except for Senegal. Moreover, by way of forecasts, the workshop looked into the preparations for the international waterbird census operations to be conducted in January 2020. Given the global and expensive nature of this census, national coordinators were invited to start drafting as soon as possible the technical and financial proposals that would serve as a basis for research and resource mobilisation with financial partners.

Mr. Ibrahima Thiam, Executive Director of Wetlands International Africa, brought the session to an end by handing over computer equipment and field observation tools to help strengthen national bodies in charge of coordinating waterbird census operations.