Birds and People No.25 March 2010

2010 got off to a great start with a proposal to create a Flamingo Sanctuary in the southern part of Sua Pan taking shape. This sanctuary will be a major contribution to the conservation of the Lesser Flamingo, a Near Threatened species, and its unique habitat - part of the Makgadikgadi Pans Important Bird Area in central Botswana. All credit for this initiative must go to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and to communities living in the vicinity of the southern part of Sua Pan, who have wholeheartedly supported this project. BirdLife Botswana extends its sincere congratulations to the Director and staff of the Wildlife Department for taking the initiative to protect this internationally important site. Read more about this in the lead article overleaf. Pete Hancock

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