WMBD 2017, Burundi

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Last updated: June 13th, 2019

REPORT OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRATORY BIRDS 2017 EDITION
1. Theme of the day
The theme for this year is “Their future is our future” and the slogan “Let’s respect the planet for migratory birds and for humans”
2. Target audience
High school students and elementary school children were at the center of the event.
3. Expected Activities
On World Migratory Bird Day, the following activities were on the agenda:
at. Exit to the Rusizi National Park for guided observation and identification of migratory birds
b. Environmental education through awareness raising in secondary and primary schools
c. Radio-broadcast statement of the Minister of Water, Environment, Spatial Planning and Town Planning.
d. Production of a video related to the day.

4. Activities Completed Location: Lake Tanganyika High School Plastic bottles collected by the Lake Tanganyika High School Environment Club to make the course healthy and 0 plastic. Date: 08/5/2017
Location: Lake Tanganyika High School
The plastic bottles collected by the Lake Tanganyika High School Environment Club to make the course healthy and for plastic. Date: 08/5/2017

Of the 4 activities planned, 3 could be realized:
Environmental Education: Students and schoolchildren from Lake Tanganyika High School, Buterere Municipal High School, Gatumba High School, Buterere Primary School I and Gatumba I Fundamental School were involved in the activity.
We have put special emphasis on schoolchildren in Gatumba and Buterere because they are the first ones who often shoot birds either as games (for pleasure) or for meat. We had an awareness session with them; some told us that they did not know that birds were important and that they would not shoot at them anymore.
The former live close to the Park and the latter live close to the Buterere wastewater treatment ponds. These two places are home to many migratory birds as observed. This activity took place before the scheduled date for the day’s celebration.

Sensitization of children living near Rusizi National Park (Gatumba Lagoon); poachers included.
Sensitization of children living near Rusizi National Park (Gatumba Lagoon); poachers included.

Exit to the Rusizi National Park for Bird Watching: This activity was performed on the day of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. This activity took place in Gatumba next to the lagoons where we found many migratory birds. Among other things, we showed the children how to use binoculars to observe birds and how to use a bird identification guide if the species is in Burundi or not.
On the spot, we met poaching schoolchildren (innocent poaching) with whom we exchanged to make them aware of respect for birds and nature. We found that the path is still long to bring them to the total abandonment of shooting at the birds despite their willingness to put the lances stones.
We intend to continue the activity raising awareness in schools and some officials have promised us that they will help in the creation of environmental clubs in their schools.

Editing a video: Visible on youtube. Location: Rusizi National Park (Rusizi River Delta) A sandbar with a hippopotamus and birds including Whirling Doves, Lapwings, an African Openbill and Terns
Location: Rusizi National Park (Rusizi River Delta)
A sandbar with a hippopotamus and birds including Dendrocgnes, Lapwings, an African Openbill and Terns

5. Constraints

The CMS focal point composed the statement in relation to the day. Despite this, the Minister did not have time to go on the radio and the statement did not pass.
The second constraint, which is more or less serious, are the places (Gatumba and Buterere) frequented by migratory birds. These places are located near households where there is a large population with many children who, idle, just walk around to shoot the birds.
6. Positive aspect of the day for NBA
The celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2017 was beneficial for the NBA. At the local level, the NBA has just made itself known in schools and this can be an open door for environmental education for youth.
At the international level, in collaboration with Blandine Melis, Birdlife International Africa, our voice will be carried far by sharing our achievements with partners. At the social level, these meetings can create friendly relations between the NBA and its partners.
Burundai Association