Status Report for Protected IBA's 2009

In 1998, BirdLife Botswana (the BirdLife partner in Botswana) identifi ed 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 diffi cult to gauge. In 2007, BirdLife Botswana, together with seven other African countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) benefi ted 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. This is the third year of project implementation and this report summarizes the analysis of data and information gathered during 2009 and compares them with the fi gures from the 2008 report. Out of the seven protected IBAs of the project focus, 2009 records were received from all of them as well as Lake Ngami, which is not a site included in the project scope, but the data recorded from this site were included in the analysis anyway as they were seen to be important and relevant IBA.

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