BirdWatch Zambia (BWZ) formerly Zambian Ornithological Society (ZOS), is a membership-based environmental NGO established in 1969. BirdWatch Zambia is a member of a global environmental and conservation partnership through its membership of BirdLife International. Currently, BirdWatch Zambia is the only BirdLife International Partner in Zambia.
The objective of BirdWatch Zambia 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.
BirdWatch Zambia’s main activities are centered on Zambia’s 42 Key Biodiversity Areas (KIBA) and are based on 4 focal areas of:
Take Action on Species, particularly Globally Threatened;
Develop species conservation strategies for the Zambia's 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.
Take action for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)
Biodiversity monitoring of KBAs – at least 42 KBAs are monitored, some as part of the African Waterfowl Census Programme. Enhanced legal protection for KBAs through collaborative work with stakeholders. Establishment of Site Support Groups (SSGs) in at least KBAs.
Collect data on habitats, influence land use and other policies impacting birds and their habitats
Bi-annual waterfowl counts as part of the African Waterfowl Census Programme
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 publications.