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Sweden – Senegal partnership

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During our environmentally-friendly Christmas market in December we raised USD 668 for bird conservation in Senegal (Association Nature Communautés Développement (NCD); www.ncd-senegal.org) – in cooperation with Wetlands International and our local nature conservation organization Naturskyddsföreningen i Varberg. The funds will be used for waterbird monitoring, awareness raising and conservation, e.g. training of local people in the basic skills in bird identification and counting as well as monitoring of wetlands of international importance.

senegal birdwatchingA nice connection between Sweden and Africa is that several bird species can be observed in both places (even if the individuals might not be the same), e.g. the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), the Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), the Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), the Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), the Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), and the Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula). The money came mostly from the 30 sellers at the market – everyone had to pay a small fee in order to participate at the market and that money was 100% used for the bird project in Senegal. In addition, some people visiting the market contributed with small amounts.

The market was a wonderful mix of local and/or organic handicrafts, food products, cosmetics, fair-trade and second-hand products and was overall a success. The transfer of the money to Africa was a bit challenging as the people at our local bank were suspicious – but we managed in the end and it arrived safely in Senegal. The idea for this fund-raising was born at the Migratory Birds for People meeting in September and I hope that this project will continue and grow with time – maybe other partners would like to join? Last year it was a trial to see how everything works: how to raise the money, how to transfer it, and finally, what will be done with the money, will it be useful? We have been promised a short project report that I can share with everyone interested.

Katja Fedrowitz, naturum Getterön

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