Nairobi, 17-21 February 2008 – the Critical Sites Network (CSN) and exchange programme strand of the Wings over Wetlands project has started working on the ground in the Horn of Africa. Mr. Abdi A. Jama, the interim National Coordinator for the Africa Waterfowl Census in Somaliland visited Mr. Houssein Rayaleh, the National Coordinator for Djibouti in an exchange visit aiming to gain on the ground training on organizing and conducting waterbird counts. Subsequently, surveys to fill gaps in the knowledge on wetlands and waterbirds covering parts of the Red Sea shoreline in northern Somaliland were carried out.
In addition, a training course in waterbird census and wetlands conservation was organized for the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism staff from the government of Southern Sudan. The training included doing a census on a trans-boundary wetland on the Nile River between the Uganda and Sudan at Nimule (see photo on the right). During the training, participants acquired practical skills on waterbird identification, counting and collection of general wetland data. They were also trained on how to use field equipment such as GPS, Binoculars, telescopes and bird Identification guide books. The ministry received a donation of field equipment (binoculars, telescopes, GPSs and bird guidebooks) through the WOW Partnership to build the capacity of the ministry in wetland and waterbird conservation. For more information on waterbirds and the Africa Waterfowl Census, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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