IBA's in Protected Areas

In 1998, BirdLife Botswana (the BirdLife partner in Botswana) identified and documented 12 sites as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Botswana. However, monitoring efforts at these sites have lacked adequate co-ordination and the success of management and conservation efforts have, therefore, been difficult to gauge. In 2007, BirdLife Botswana, together with seven other African countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) benefited from European Commission funding to pilot a reporting mechanism for biodiversity through the monitoring of birds at IBAs using the Pressure-State-Response model adapted from the global IBA monitoring framework. In Botswana, the target sites for the project are IBAs overlapping protected areas, of which there are seven: Chobe, Linyanti Swamps, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Mannyelanong and Kalahari Transfrontier Park IBAs.

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