“Migratory waterbirds connecting wetlands and people” is the motto of the Flyway Programme of Wetlands International. This has been put into practice during the workshop organized for site managers and local NGO leaders along the East Atlantic Flyway in Africa and held between 14-18 December in the Djoudj National Park, Senegal.
33 site managers and local NGO leaders from Morocco to the Democratic Republic of Congo along the East Atlantic Flyway have participated at the Flyway Training Workshop which took place at the Hotel du Djoudj in the Djoudj National Park, which is a Ramsar and a World Heritage Site. The workshop was jointly organized by the From the Arctic to Africa project supported by the Arcadia Fund, the Conserving Migratory Birds in West Africa project supported by the MAVA Foundation and by the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative.
The workshop programme combined group discussions, presentations, games and field visits.
Participants draw a flyway of the Lesser Flamingo. The exercise was useful to highlight the importance of key sites for the species.
Animated games helped to understand migration ecology and the consequences of threats affecting migratory birds and their key sites.
Presentations helped the participants to share their own experiences. Here, Gabin Agblonon of Wetlands International Africa presents the Open Standard for the Practice of Conservation that is being used in the Arctic to Africa project to develop strategic plan for a partnership of governmental and non-governmental organisations to guide their future collaboration on the conservation of the Senegal Delta Transboundary Biosphere Reserve.
Field excursions provided opportunities to learn from the management experience of the Djoudj National Park. Ibrahima Diop, Director of the National Park shows to a group of the participants the habitat restoration work implemented with the contribution of the Arcadia Fund through Wetlands International.
By Szabolcs Nagy
Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications and Media Coordinator
Wetlands International Africa
Phone: +221 33 869 16 81