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IN THIS ISSUE  December 2016

Happy holidays • Saving seabirds • Events Programme • IBA Programme • Money matters • Wakkerstroom Tourism and Education Centre • Advocating for our birds and their habitats • Working around the subregion

Happy holidays

On behalf of the team of dedicated and hardworking staff who’re doing all they can to conserve South Africa’s birds, I’d like to wish you restful and enjoyable holidays. The staff are very grateful for all the support they have received from collaborators, donors and our organisation’s members. Thank you for helping us to ‘give conservation wings’.

Mark D. Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
BirdLife South Africa

Hosting events

The Events Programme over the past 12 months was as versatile as ever and new twists to familiar themes proved to be very popular.

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Money matters

There’s good news for BirdLife South Africa on the financial front, largely thanks to the generosity of our supporters who, like us, believe in the importance of ‘giving conservation wings’.

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Advocating for our birds and their habitats

2016 seems to have been an eventful year for everyone with whom I have chatted and it’s been no different for the Policy and Advocacy Programme. We provided extensive support to our partners through the IUCN, worked with BirdLife International and the World Parrot Trust to advocate for the uplisting of African Grey Parrots at the CITES CoP17 and are currently collaborating with a plethora of talented and committed people and organisations to improve the lot of African vultures.

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Saving seabirds

For the Seabird Conservation Programme, 2016 has been a year of steady progress on existing work and expansion into new areas. Our staff also grew to 11 in Cape Town, with two others in West Africa – a great boost to productivity.

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Are IBAs better off at the end of 2016?

The IBA Programme contributed to the declaration of 17 000 hectares of priority grassland and wetland protected in the Grasslands IBA. We have another 120 000 hectares in the pipeline in estuaries and grasslands.

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What’s going on at Wakkerstroom

It’s been a year of change and progress at the Wakkerstroom Tourism and Education Centre, a year in which we’ve all grown a little more and learnt new things along the way. Albert Einstein said, ‘Life is like a bicycle: to keep your balance, you must keep moving.’ So why don’t you move towards Wakkerstroom in 2017? Book your trip soon to avoid disappointment!

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Working around the subregion

2016 was a very busy year for the Avitourism & Special Projects Programme, which has been involved in the East Atlantic Flyway Initiative, partner development work in southern Africa and the State of South Africa’s Birds Report and regional Red List publications, as well as the revived BirdLife South Africa Bird Guide Training Project. We are exceptionally grateful to our funders and collaborators for the support they have provided in 2016 and look forward to building on 2016’s successes in the year ahead.

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