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Title: NAMIBIA CRANE ACTION PLAN incorporating wetland birds and their habitats, in association with the Namibia Wetland Working Group www.nnf.org.na/cranes.htm


1
NAMIBIA CRANE ACTION PLAN incorporating wetland
birds and their habitats, in association with
the Namibia Wetland Working Groupwww.nnf.org.na
/cranes.htm
2
Background
  • First Namibia Crane Workshop at Etosha in May
    2004
  • Partnership among NNF, SIDA, MET, the African
    Wattled Crane Programme (ICF / EWT) and many
    other supporters
  • Vision cranes and people sharing habitats in
    harmony in Namibia
  • Mission to conserve cranes and their habitats in
    partnership with the people who share these
    habitats

3
Conservation status
  • Blue Crane is Critically
  • Endangered in Namibia,
  • population declining
  • - Numbers overall 20 000,
  • Namibia 60 ?
  • Wattled Crane is Critically
  • Endangered in Namibia,
  • population stable
  • - Numbers overall 8 000,
  • Namibia 200
  • Grey Crowned Cane is Near
  • Threatened in Namibia,
  • population stable/ decreasing
  • - Numbers overall 58 000
  • 77 000 Namibia lt 50

4
Action plan
  • 1. Co-ordinate conservation effort and promote
    networking
  • Newsletters (38 to date) with ongoing
    contributions
  • Website
  • Regular (local community) workshops and local
    meetings
  • Wide communication network local, regional,
    national, international

5
2. Obtain information and data
  • Aerial and ground crane counts as part of a
    separate Blue Crane Project at Etosha and
    surrounds aerial survey over southern Angola
  • Radio and satellite tracking project for Blue
    Cranes in Etosha
  • Wattled Crane counts
  • (including aerial surveys)
  • in Bushmanland, Caprivi,
  • Kavango

6
2. Promote conservation awareness /education
  • Production and distribution of crane awareness
    materials e.g. crane activity book, posters
    including on Red Listed cranes/inland wetland
    birds
  • See 1 (above)

7
4. Conserve crane populations and habitats
  • Integrate crane conservation aspects into regular
    MET and conservancy management activities
  • (including monitoring
  • event book)
  • Ongoing liaison with
  • Wetland Working Group

8
5. Promote the economic value of cranes and their
habitats
  • Promote wetland bird-based tourism

9
6. Build capacity
  • Local community workshops, bird clubs
  • Bird guide training (NATH level III)

10
7. Develop area-based crane management
strategies
  • Local crane working groups are in place in main 5
    crane conservation areas
  • Promote community involvement on a local level

11
Acknowledgements
  • The implementation of the Namibia crane
  • action plan has been funded by
  • 2004 Sida (LEF)
  • 2005 Sida (LEF)
  • 2006 Sida (LEF)
  • 2007 (subsidized privately)
  • 2008-2009 GEF SGP
  • The ongoing interest and assistance of
  • countless other supporters and partners is
  • acknowledged with grateful thanks.
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