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School Children Sensitization on Species Conservation

26-Mar-2013

Wetlands International Africa (WIA) has, in partnership with the “Direction des Parcs Nationaux” organized one day field visit for the school children and their teachers from the seven villages around Djoudj National Park. It was an important awareness day 

The objective of this important outing is to develop knowledge and awareness  on their environment, particularly in waterbirds migration routes. This important field discovery took place recently This outing has allowed 35 school children and their 7 teachers from the following villages: Diadiem I, II and III, Debi, Tiget, Rone and Kheune (northern Senegal) to be aware of the importance of the site and the wetlands management where the local communities living around are the first beneficiaries.
 
Many questions have been asked related to the importance of the water management and the connections of the sites along the migratory routes and also how to consider the stopovers along the flyways.
The key challenges have been addressed such as poaching mainly illegal fishing and over grazing, the children are fully aware of this and ready to convince the villagers on the drawbacks.  The day started with an indoor class  (le end reste) the power point presentation to show the different species (types) of birds and their different habitats and also the key threats.
 
The ecotourism activities in which the communities play important roles has been presented to the kids and also the key activity related to the annual census in mid-January which take place regularly  in the Park.
The children and teachers were able to admire the flocks of birds through the  telescopes and binoculars made available to them by the team. After sometimes, they were able to identify some species of waterbirds in the lagoon around the Biology station such as: White faced tree ducks, black-winged stilt, heron, Avocet and others.
 
Finally, early afternoon an excursion (boat trip) in the Djoudj allowed the children to discover the beauty of the site with the breading island of the White pelicans with approximately 20 000 individuals. During the trip many others species of reptiles and mammals  have been seen along the river bank such as python, crocodile and warthog.A fishing eagle was very impressive on the edge of the branch which was attractive to the crowded boat.
The primary school teachers were very impressed and their academic supervisors based in Saint. Louis welcomed this great initiative and wishes the continuation of this important activity. Park authorities who supported this event are also engaged to keep this program going as they did in the past
Djoud Birds National Park has been classified since 1981 Humanity Worldwide Patrimony by Unesco
 
 
 
By Pape Diomaye THIARE
(With the support of Abdoulaye Ndiaye & Angèle Lecomte)
Wetlands International Africa
 
 

Communications and Media Coordinator

Pape Diomaye THIARE

Communications and Media Coordinator

Wetlands International Africa

Email: pthiare@wetlands-africa.org

Phone: +221 33 869 16 81

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