Today winners have been announced for CLP and Birdfair project awards, all initiatives led by young conservationists. Discover their inspiring work in this roundup.
In Rwanda, Akanyaru and Nyabarongo wetlands are unprotected Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Danger, under increasing pressure from unplanned agricultural intensification and expansion. This is leading to wetland degradation and biodiversity loss. A team from Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (BirdLife in Rwanda) are seeking to raise awareness, build capacity and inform national policy for wetlands management.
The team will map the current status of the two wetland sites, train local stakeholders in IBA monitoring techniques, and work with decision-makers in Rwanda to ensure their findings inform the sustainable management of Nyabarongo and Akanyaru wetlands. The team leader Gilbert Micomyiza said: “We truly believe that his award is a valuable support to our career as young conservationists and will surely contribute to sustainable conservation of the two IBAs in Danger in Rwanda”.