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African Waterfowl Census (AWC)

It also estimates water bird numbers providing baselines for species composition.

This means spatial and temporal patterns can be demonstrated including their sites. AWC contributes to the global efforts of water bird monitoring while contributing data to national and global WFC Databases, an avenue for advocacy for site conservation action or interventions.

Generally, the program helps conservation NGOs, governments, national data bases, international data bases in contributing to valuable information.

Who supports WFCs?

The waterfowl program has generated important data and information to serve several purposes.

  • The information collected from various sites was vital to the designation of additional to 10 Ramsar sites in Uganda. The data is also used as an advocacy tool and therefore contributed to Environmental Impact Assesment processes.
  • Monitoring has led to development of site conservation projects where local community resource ownership is promoted through bye-laws.
  • The idea of using volunteers and training young energetic monitoring teams has helped sustain the program from the time it was started till now. Collaboration with other institutions has helped in maximizing of resources since the water bird counts can be done along side other activities.
  • The monitoring through local community groups (LCG) or site support groups (SSGs) when well coordinated are effective and can contribute information to the development of conservation action projects and sustainability of conservation initiatives.

Listed below are links, to publications and reports natureuganda has conducted towards the bird monitoring: