Integrating science, policy and sustainable development to address African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines: African perspectives on a flyway-wide issue

19th December 2019

Integrating science, policy and sustainable development to address African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines: African perspectives on a flyway-wide issue

Flyway-wide collaboration is key to effectively support conservation action for declining migrant landbirds across their range. This project brings together African science and policy experts in collaboration with European experts to review existing science, policy and practice, and explore innovative trans-disciplinary opportunities to deliver migrant landbird conservation across rapidly-changing landscapes.

Project Aims

This project will build on the previous CCI-funded workshop, by working towards a key recommendation; namely to focus on, and better integrate, knowledge and expertise from the African region in relation to migrant landbird declines within the African-Eurasian flyway. Specifically we aim to:

  • Improve our understanding of African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines in relation to the latest African research, build a clearer picture of the drivers and potential solutions by synthesizing knowledge from research being conducted throughout the flyway.
  • Improve the science-policy connection between African policy makers and conservation practitioners, and identify key research and policy questions
  • Enhance capacity for policy and practice-relevant research by strengthening collaboration and networking of scientists working on African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines, encouraging collaboration to fill policy and practice-relevant knowledge gaps
  • Bring scientists, policy makers and human development specialists together, creating a novel community to identify opportunities and innovative solutions to tackle African-Eurasian migrant declines while addressing human development needs.

Under these aims, the specific objectives are to:

  • Assess the current state of knowledge with respect to African-Eurasian migrant landbirds and their declines, through presentations by researchers from throughout the flyway, but with a particular focus on the latest findings of African scientists.
  • Gain African perspectives on the feasibility and importance of approaches and interventions identified in the CCI-based workshop and encourage sharing of new ideas and approaches to delivering solutions for migrant landbird declines.
  • Support African researchers working on migrant landbirds to network with one another and with other researchers along the flyway through the workshop itself and subsequently through the mechanism of the MLSG.
  • Encourage co-development of research collaborations and joint fund-raising within the flyway to address key policy and practice relevant knowledge gaps and help increase African researchers’ access to costly research tools like tracking technology.
  • Hold a dedicated workshop session for African policy makers about the knowledge gaps, from their perspective, with respect to implementing effective conservation measures for migrant landbirds.
  • Hold a dedicated workshop session for practitioners from the aid/development community in Africa to share knowledge with respect to current and proposed large-scale initiatives that might be relevant to migrant land bird conservation. Consider options for (i)mainstreaming measures that would benefit migrant landbirds and other biodiversity into existing/proposed human development focused initiatives.(ii) monitoring the effects of existing/proposed aid/ development initiatives for biodiversity including migrant landbirds

BirdLife International Africa Secretariat staff in consultation with the other CCI partners will follow-up on the outcomes of the workshop, particularly regarding human development initiatives and where appropriate co-develop proposals to fund testing of approaches to sustainable land management that can benefit migrant landbirds, other biodiversity and human development aims.

This project will capitalise on the African network of contacts of the CCI partners including through the BirdLife International Africa offices and the network of BirdLife national partner organisations in 25 African countries, and the contacts of the non-CCI collaborating organisations to identify and draw in participants. The 4-yearly Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC) in 2020 represents a timely opportunity.

Project Overview

Type: Funded Projects
Theme: Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services
Project code: CCI-05-19-009
Start date: May 1, 2020
Status: Active

CCI partners Involved

Other Organisations Involved

AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute
Leventis Foundation Nigeria
University of Lagos
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Namibia Nature Foundation
Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) & African-Eurasian Migrant Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP)
Migrant Landbird Study Group (MLSG Chair)
University of St Andrews