BirdWatch Zambia (BWZ)
BirdWatch Zambia (BWZ) formerly Zambian Ornithological Society (ZOS), is a membership-based environmental NGO established in 1969. BWZ is a member of a global environmental and conservation partnership through its membership of BirdLife International. Currently, BWZ is the only BirdLife International Partner in Zambia.
The objective of BWZ is to promote the study, conservation, and general interest in birds and their habitats in Zambia. The organisation produces a monthly members’ newsletter and conducts monthly bird-walks were members learn about birds and birding in Zambia.
BWZ’s main activities are centred on Zambia’s 42 Important Bird Areas (IBA) and are based on 4 focal areas of:
Species- Take Action on Species, particularly Globally Threatened;
Develop species conservation strategies for the Zambian Barbet, Black-cheeked Lovebird, Wattled Crane, Shoebill and Vultures.
Develop a waterfowl monitoring programme with a focus on behaviour ecology and inter-wetland migration in country and Southern Africa sub-region in the face of climate change/ variability.
Sites: take action for Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
Biodiversity monitoring of IBAs – at least 35 IBAs are regularly monitored, some as part of the African Waterfowl Census Programme
Enhanced legal protection for IBAs through collaborative work with The Department of Parks and Wildlife
Establishment of Site Support Groups (SSGs) in at least 15 IBAs:
Habitats: collect data on habitats and influence land use and other policies impacting birds and their habitats
Bi-annual waterfowl counts at most wetlands across the country as part of the African Waterfowl Census Programme
People: Promote links between biodiversity conservation and rural livelihoods, promote interest in birds, conservation and the environment through public awareness campaigns and educational programmes;
Regular bird walks, members newsletter, and lectures on conservation
Community avian tourism development and capacity enhancement (citizen science)
A school environmental education programme including curriculum development, local (indigenous) bird stories, competitions, and publicationsSee more