BirdWatch Zambia (2016)

Planning grant for bird diversity assessments in Zambia's major wetland important bird and biodiversity areas

Project Details

Grantee Organization: BirdWatch Zambia
Grant Amount: $15,000
Contact: Chaona Gertrude Phiri
Contact Email: birdwatchcsef 'atsign'
Funding Dates: 6/15/16 - 11/30/16

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Zambia lacks a centralized repository for biodiversity information related to wetlands. This creates a gap between the data that have been collected in these rich ecosystems and conservation planners and policy makers. To address this need, BirdWatch Zambia will undertake planning for potential development of databases for wetland birds and their habitats, as well as other important wetland species of conservation concern. This planning project will assess the need and vision for such databases, and develop a technical plan to build wetlands biodiversity databases for Zambia.

Key Objectives and Activities

  1. Engage a technical lead for project planning process.
  2. Identify and map project partners and expected roles.
  3. Consult with sites, national experts, resource users, potential project partners and decision makers on needs and project roles.
  4. Map and assess, on a coarse scale, data needs and capacity gaps.
  5. Develop a project plan for, and proposal to fund development of, a Zambian wetland bird database.

Planned Outputs

  • Map of partners’ potential roles, needs, and gaps between them.
  • Full technical proposal submitted to JRS, including final project plan.

Planned Outcomes

The needs-assessment and planning process will also provide biodiversity informatics education to partners and planning participants. This will build a stronger and more engaged community of database contributors and end-user, thus sustaining data demand.

Last Updated: February 28th, 2017

Project Director Biography

This project will be directed and coordinated by Ms. Chaona G Phiri who currently holds the position of Research and Conservation Officer at BirdWatch Zambia. Phiri is an ecologist and the only female trained indigenous Zambian Ornithologist and has worked for BWZ for 6 years. She has coordinated various successful projects for the organization including bi-annual waterbird counts and biodiversity monitoring in several of Zambia’s wetlands including the Kafue Flats, Bangweulu swamps and the Zambezi floodplain.

Notes from JRS

In January 2016, we issued a call for proposals for freshwater biodiversity data and information systems for which there were clear links between data publishers and data users.  The proposal from BirdWatch Zambia earned high marks from internal and external expert reviewers yet had gaps in a robust technical plan, a clear rationale for site selection, and committed partners.  We are pleased to make this planning grant to ensure that BWZ, a small national conservation NGO, has the chance to catalyze better biodiversity information system in Zambia.

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