Meet the Accomplice: Nature, Communities and Improvement

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Senegal just lately joined the BirdLife flock! Uncover how Nature- Communautés-Développement grew from an thought to a nationwide establishment, after which to a BirdLife associate.

Certainly one of BirdLife’s latest companions, Nature-Communautés-Développement (NCD, BirdLife in Senegal), was based on a pioneering thought. Within the early Nineties, lengthy earlier than it turned an official organisation, a bunch of Senegalese conservationists got here collectively to vary the best way nature was protected of their nation, by the idea of Neighborhood Nature Reserves.

Relatively than shutting individuals out, these protected areas would put native communities on the core, involving them in each step of the decision- making course of and making certain they benefitted from the safety of their pure environment. By providing sustainable livelihoods, participating native volunteers and offering environmental training, they ensured that everybody had a way of possession and funding of their resident wildlife.

Black-tailed Godwits, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries

In 2010, the founders obtained the chance to additional champion their new strategy. With the collaboration of Ligue pour la Safety des Oiseaux (LPO – BirdLife in France), they launched NCD as a full nationwide organisation, enabling them to work extra intently with authorities our bodies and roll out their thought throughout the nation. In the present day, they will boast a nationwide citizen science venture, coaching schemes for the following technology of ornithologists and nature reserves across the nation.

Mouhamadou Aliou Bah, Govt Director of NCD, recounts a very proud second: “The best achievement to this point, in my view, is the classification of the Technopole de Dakar wetland, as a protected space in March 2019, an distinctive seabird habitat situated within the coronary heart of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, following an extended (virtually 10-year) advocacy battle led by NCD.”

Since its formation, NCD has gone on to collaborate with a number of BirdLife Companions. They labored once more with LPO to arrange a Neighborhood Nature Reserve at Kousmar Island within the Saloum River, participating native villagers in defending a key roosting web site for Frequent Kestrels and different small raptors. Additionally they collaborated with VBN (BirdLife within the Netherlands) to develop a plan for monitoring and conserving Black-tailed Godwits (Close to Threatened) at Tocc-Tocc Neighborhood Nature Reserve. Alongside this, the RSPB (BirdLife within the UK) helped NCD to strengthen the administration and working of its organisation, and assisted with the scientific monitoring of European Turtle-dove (Susceptible) throughout Senegal.

With a wealth of expertise participating with the BirdLife Partnership, it is sensible that NCD ought to turn into a full BirdLife Accomplice this yr. With this new improvement, it hopes to broaden its work additional.

“Our future plans are various and a number of,” says Aliou Bah. “Amongst others, we plan to ascertain a Grasp’s diploma devoted to the reinforcement of ornithological abilities in French-speaking West Africa, proceed to preserve threatened pure habitats (whether or not protected or not), and additional develop NCD as an unbiased organisation based mostly on high quality membership, monetary autonomy and mass focused communication.”

By placing communities on the coronary heart of nature conservation, they’ve put nature on the coronary heart of the neighborhood – a technique which is ready to have a long-lasting impression for generations to return.

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