By Geoffroy Citegetse, 30 Sep 2016
Guinea has now acquired tools and capacity to carry out conservation actions of migratory waterbirds. These tools include the availability of the National AEWA Work Plan, the Lesser Flamingo and the Black Crowned-crane Species Action Plan.
BirdLife International, through the 'Strengthening National Capacity for sustainable conservation of Migratory Waterbirds in Guinea' small grant, supported by AEWA with co-financing from the MAVA Foundation under Conservation of Migratory Birds Project, has built the capacity of Government agencies responsible for waterbirds and wetlands management including the Protected Area Authority: Office Guinéen des Parcs et Réserves (OGUIPAR), the Departement of Forest and Environment, University Abdel Gamal Nasser, Research Center (CERE), Rio Kapatez and Tristao Marine Protected Areas, and Guinea Ecology.
In December 2015, during the stakeholders’ workshop on the National AEWA Work Plan and Species Action Plan, 15 people were trained on waterbird monitoring, identification of waterbirds, census technics and Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) monitoring.
To facilitate the implementation of the species action plan and the coordination with international working groups on Lesser Flamingo and Black crowned-crane, a national working group was nominated by OGUIPAR.
“I am often convened to meetings on infrastrature and other economic developments in Guinea but my explanations on the impact of development on biodiversity and wildlife habitat doesn’t convince anyone. These species action plans are assests for OGUIPAR and factors in how development should take into account the conservation of birds and their habitats for the sake of human wellbeing” Mamady Seiba Keita – General Director of OGUIPAR.