World Migratory Bird Day celebrated in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau

The PRCM and its partners swung into actions to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day through several activities in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

The Wolrd Migratory Bird Day was celebrated in Guinea-Bissau and Senegal on 11 and 12 October 2019 under the theme “Protect birds: be the solution to plastic pollution”. The objective was to call upon Govenments, coastal communities, government institutions and civil society orgaisations involved in the conservation of water and marine birds on the flyway to combat plastic pollution, given its increasingly negative effects in Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, in particular.

On the occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day, the PRCM supported the organisation of several of its partners’activities in both countries.

In Guinea-Bissau, the celebrations took place under the auspices of the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas, the Association for the Defense and Development of Wetlands (ODZH), the Coastal Planning Office (GPC) and Palmeirinha, and consisted of a panel-debate, a rountable and a screening attended by 60 students and the clean-up of plastic bags.

In Senegal, the Day was celebrated at Technopole in Dakar in the presence of the Embassadors of the Netherlands and Canada, through a scientific panel, excursions and a facilitation and birdwatching session for students. Also addressed was the leading migratory bird, the black-tailed godwit (limosa limosa), an endangered species that belongs to the family of sandpipers and nests in Europe. Choosing to discuss the issue of this species was an opportunity to raise public awareness on the knowledge and best practices pertaining to the conservation of migratory birds as a rule.

Celebrated globally, the Word Migratory Bird Day provides an effective tool to help sensitise the general public on the threats confronting migratory birds, their ecological significance and the need for international cooperation in protecting them. This shows that preserving migratory birds is also critical for the future of mankind.