From : Birdlife Zambia

11 December 2011

Brett Saunders of Bovu Lodge, in Livingstone, has arranged a bird ringing course in the last week in March next year. The course will be run by Dieter Oschadleus form the Avian Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town. Brett has made a block booking for the island to do the ringing course from the 24th March through to the 30th March.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in bird ringing. Please contact Guida Bell-Cross for further details.

Launch of 2010 Status and Trends Report

The Status and Trends Report for the year 2010 was successfully launched at Yatsa Café on Thursday 20th

October 2011. Gracing the occasion was the Senior Ecologist at Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), Mr. Chuma Simukonda who stood in proxy for the Director General at ZAWA.

In attendance at this launch were individuals and representatives

of various stakeholder groups. Notable at the launch were; the first secretary (environment) at the Norwegian embassy , Dr Richard Beilfuss the CEO of International Crane Foundation, fund manager at the Civil Society Fund, the academia , the print media and representatives FROM Civil Society and environmental organizations such as World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Community Based Natural Resources Management Forum (CBNRMF) and Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN). Present also were representative from a few consultancy firms involved in Environmental Impact Statements.

With the inclusion of ZOS staff and members of ZOS committee a gathering of 35 people witnessed the launch. The launch was generally a success. The question and answer session coupled with comments from guest was particularly interesting and up lifting.

Despite being invited, conspicuously absent at the launch were official from the Forestry Department (FD) and the Department of Environment.

Launch of this report marked the end of the EC funded project “Instituting Effective Monitoring of protected Areas (Important Bird Areas) as a contribution to reducing the rate of Biodiversity loss in Africa” a project also referred to as the Africa IBA Monitoring Project (AFMO).

Despite closure of this project, it is hoped that monitoring of biodiversity would continue though other funding windows and strategic partnerships.