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Environmental Education

The coming of an Environmental Education grant from the Elephant Charge and an Intern – Benson Kalima - from the University of Zambia majoring in Environmental Education, has given BWZ a well desired boost in this field. Various activities have been conducted by BirdWatch Zambia in different IBAs in an effort to enhance the general interest in birds and their habitats. In 2014 alone with support from Elephant charge, BirdWatch Zambia has conducted environmental education visits to over 15 schools in different IBAs, activities conducted during the visits include distribution of a schools newsletter, conservation talks on birds and their habitats, competitions in the form of a quiz within the schools and distribution of environmental education materials such as posters, books, T-shirts and pictures.


Meembe Primary school in Lukanga IBA
Environmental education Talk
                         Meembe Primary school  
                                    in Lukanga IBA 
Environmental education Talk

Talks in Mutolanganga IBA
Talk in Kafue Flats IBA
                         Talks in Mutolanganga IBA  
Talk in Kafue Flats IBA

Livelihood Support

BirdWatch has always upheld the BirdLife slogan ‘together for birds and people’. This has been greatly demonstrated through the various livelihood support projects initiated and supported in several IBAs including Lukanga, Machile, Chisamba, North Swaka, Chibwika-Ntambu and Chimfunshi. Supported activities include Boat transport in Lukanga Swamps IBA, Poultry farming in Chisamba IBA, Avian tourism and community owned campsites in Machile and Chimfunshi, Cabbage farming in North Swaka and Beekeeping and Fish farming in Chibwika-Ntambu.

Boat transport in Lukanga Swamps IBA
Fish farming in Chibwika-Ntambu
                                Boat transport in
                           Lukanga Swamps IBA
Fish farming in Chibwika-Ntambu

Zambian Barbet

The past year has very been exciting with regards to the Zambian Barbet, our only truly Zambian bird (endemic).  Our staff have conducted surveys in 80% of the areas within its range and estimated a population figure just slightly close to 1000. Some new ‘Barbet” areas have also been confirmed; such as the Kafue National Park around Mukambi and Lufupa. Other sites include Chisamba, Nkanga, Magoye, Lochinvar and Moorings camp in Monze. The search will continue into 2015, so that confirmation in obtained in terms of species number and whether there is need to have the species up lifted on the IUCN redlist.


Zambian Barbet
Zambian Barbet



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Last updated: 2 Feb 2015
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