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Strategic planning for waterbird monitoring in Zimbabwe


BirdLife Zimbabwe has contributed to the International Waterbird Census for 21 years. However, only two of the 14 most important wetlands of the country are currently covered. Zimbabwe has recently ratified the Ramsar Convention and the designated wetland sites such as Mana Pools, Monavale Vlei, Cleveland Dam, Driefontein Grasslands, Lakes Chivero and Manyame, Victoria Falls National Park and Chinhoyi Caves as Ramsar Sites. To address these challenges a strategic planning workshop was held at the office of BirdLife Zimbabwe in Harare on 5-6 November with the participation of 19 people representing the staff and volunteers of BirdLife Zimbabwe, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the Universities of Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi, Masvingo and Bindura, COSMO, the Zambezi Society, the Wetlands Survival Forum and Kuimba Shiri Bird Park. Key elements of the agreed action plan include strengthening the network of observers through working together with other organisations, improving data management and sharing the results of the counts more widely.