Africa Regional News

How do we strengthen you in the East Atlantic Flyway?

By Connor Walsh / 18th April 2024

The East Atlantic Flyway network, MBP, will hold an online meeting on 15 May, dedicated to one topic: how do we build or share capacity across the network. The capacity-building workshop and training in Saloum, 2022 was a step forward for members in Atlantic Africa. How do we continue that progress, reinforce the learnings, and…

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MBP Annual Meeting at EVOA 2023!

By Connor Walsh / 27th November 2023

EVOA and Companhia das Lezírias hosted the meeting superbly at the start of October.   As in other Europe-based meetings, participants struggled to get visas, however two African members were present: Bose Kosemani of Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria, and Emmanuel Taye of the University of Accra.   We took part in a hide assessment…

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Apply for Flyway Youth Forum 2023!

By Connor Walsh / 1st July 2023

Two-day online training for young people on conservation storytelling. Apply before 31 July.  This year’s East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum will present two days of online training in storytelling for conservation, to people aged 18 – 30 in the flyway. The workshop will be open to young people aged 18 – 30 from coastal countries…

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MBP Annual Meeting ’23 – Programme & last minute registration

By Connor Walsh / 20th June 2023

October first to fifth 2023, the East Atlantic Flyway network of wetland educators and visitor centres will meet. EVOA in the Tagus Estuary in Portugal is generously hosting the annual meeting for Migratory Birds for People (MBP). Download the latest programme. As of late August, there is still capacity for some self-funded participants, so if…

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Staff twinning in the East Atlantic Flyway

By Connor Walsh / 8th June 2023

Wetland centre staff love exchange programmes, so we are working to bring one to the East Atlantic Flyway. The Migratory Birds for People network suggested such a scheme at the Annual Meeting in Saloum, Senegal, last year. Thanks to EVOA, there are at least two spaces for twinning around the 2023 Annual Meeting; there have…

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New song: Conserve the Wetlands

By Connor Walsh / 30th March 2023

Environmentalist and musician Shubert Mwarabu has shared his 2023 song about wetland restoration. Listen on Facebook. Shubert is looking for sponsorship to produce a full music video for the song. As well as with music, Shubert has engaged people through interviews and video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Tanzania, for World Wildlife Day. The PSAs…

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WLI at the African-Eurasian Waterbird Technical Committee Meeting

By Connor Walsh / 17th March 2023

WWT is a member of AEWA’s technical committee, the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, which is how Chris Rostron, head of WLI global, just spent three days on the 27th floor of the UN building in Bonn, Germany. The Technical Committee advises the agreement on the specifics of waterbird populations, and how governments and NGOs can…

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MBP survey: exchanges & communicating science

By Connor Walsh / 21st February 2023

Calling all members of Migratory Birds for People! Please help us plan two of our activities for 2023: how to communicate science at wetland visitor centres creating exchanges or twinning between MBP members These two initiatives emerged from multiple sources at out 2022 Annual Meeting. Now we want to clarify what you need and how…

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WWT becomes CEPA expert to AEWA

By Chris Rostron / 10th October 2022

At the African Eurasian Water Agreement eighth meeting of the parties (AEWA MOP8) in Budapest 27-30 October, it was agreed that WWT’s Chris Rostron (second from left, above) would become the new CEPA expert to the Technical Committee, providing advice and support to develop this area of work. This will build on what we are…

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Wetland skills celebration in Senegal

By Connor Walsh / 28th September 2022

Wetland educators from West Africa and Europe are preparing to meet in Senegal next week. A network of wetland centres and educators, called Migratory Birds for People (MBP), operates in the East Atlantic Flyway, and for over a decade has held annual meetings at the wetland centres of members. This year they are meeting in…

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