Cotonou, Benin, 20 May 2009 - The second meeting of the WOW Training Board for Western and Central Africa was held from 6-7 May 2009 in Benin. A workplan for the next semenster was endorsed by all Training Board members and plans were made for the delivery of a Training of Trainers (ToT) course in November 2009 using the tools being developed by the WOW Project.
As part of the wider delivery of the Flyway Training Programme being developed by the Wings Over Wetlands Project, this meeting brought together 11 participants from Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cameroon, and Canada. All participants attending were from national and international NGOs, training centres and River basin authorities, and everyone expressed a keen interest in seeing improved wetland and waterbird conservation within the sub-region.
The closing ceremony of the meeting coincided with World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) and Training Board members used the opportunity to celebrate this international event at the Agence Beninoise de l’environnement (ABE). The day was honoured with a press conference highlighting the need for the wise use of wetlands and waterbird conservation.
The Training Board drew attention to local threats such as salt mining where wood from local mangroves are often unsustainably harvested to facilitate the extraction process. The press conference was followed by a field visit to the community managed Biological Reserve of Togging, which was joined by journalists from national television and radio stations.
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