Africa news

WWN member wins Whitley Award

WWN member Ecofinder won a prestigious Whitley Award for Nature, working on conservation of native freshwater fish. WWN deputy chair Chris Rostron met Leonard Akwany at an NGO networking meeting hosted by Whitley Fund for Nature in London on the 27th April, alongside the other winners. Great to see a WWN member achieving global recognition …

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In Memoriam Dr Paul Ouedraogo

Wetlands lost a friend last week. Dr Paul Ouedraogo passed away at the age of 58, and was formerly the Senior Regional Advisor for Africa in the Ramsar Secretariat. During that time he was a firm supporter of WWN Africa, ensuring that the voice of civil society groups was heard at the convention at all …

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Call to protect Lagos urban wetlands

The WWN Committee has sent letters to multiple influential figures in Lagos, Nigeria, asking them to limit the destruction of an urban wetland there. The National Theatre, Nigeria, is a cultural centre built among wetlands in Nigeria’s economic hub. Local birders, such as the Lekki Bird Club, visit it to see birds including migratory and …

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Croc-doc: film on saving crocodiles

Georges Hedegbetan of CREDI-ONG shares a documentary about his group’s crocodile conservation in Benin. The film is produced in French with English subtitles, and includes interviews with his colleagues on social and technical aspects of their work for some less-favoured wetland species. Topics include population monitoring and studying individuals, tracking, working with hunters, engagement and …

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BECDA starts school programme

WWN member in Uganda, BECDA, has started an environmental literacy programme in schools. Twinamasiko Pasco shares this video clip of him engaging with the children: As well as this awareness raising among the young people, the programme will also cover more biological processes: they will develop nursery beds, and climate smart agriculture.

Youth from over 30 countries call to act for flyway conservation

Under the theme ‘Taking off #ForNature from Africa to the Arctic’ young people from over 30 countries have come together for the first East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum. This Flyway Youth Forum explored challenges that migratory birds and their wetlands habitats are facing and discussed how greater communication and cooperation between youth and across generations can …

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International Forum on African Wetlands

WWN delegates from across Africa will meet other wetland conservationists in Tunisia in 2020. The conference will run from 14 to 16 February, The conference will include a field visit to a nearby Ramsar site, the Sejoumi wetland.   Contact Imen Labidi for more information, including the possibility of travel and subsistence support. For registration documents (in French) please …

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Report from Ramsar Africa Pre-COP meeting

Thanks to Max Djondo our WWN Africa regional representative for forwarding the report from the Ramsar pre-COP meeting for Africa, which took place in Senegal from the 26th February to the 2nd of March 2018.