What is BirdWatch Zambia?
formerly known as ZOS (Zambian Ornithological
Society) is one of the
older NGOs registered under the Societies Act in Zambia having been in
existence since 1969. The object of the Society is to stimulate
interest in and to further the study and conservation of birds in
Zambia. We are also a Partner Designate of BirdLife International.
BirdWatch Zambia has always had a committed core membership with a high
technical skills capable of maintaining a constant output of high
quality ornithological research which is regularly published in
internal and external scientific publications. Grouped around this core
of expertise is a committed and knowledgeable membership providing
freely of their time towards BirdWatch Zambia's many activities
including a monthly
Newsletter and frequent walks and field outings.
How is BirdWatch
is managed by a democratically elected executive committee comprising
of up to 11 members who are elected annually to office at the Annual
General Meeting. The members of the executive committee comprise a
Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and up to 7 ordinary members.
The Technical Advisor (TA), is not elected but co-opted and has no
voting rights. The TA is selected from a small group of internationally
recognised ornithologists living in Zambia. The BirdWatch Zambia
meets monthly to conduct the formal business of the Society and review
and assess the projects work that is in progress.
BirdWatch Zambia runs a
in Chindo Road, Lusaka. The office is run by a Project Manager Moses
Nyoni and the
staff include a Site Support Group Coordinator, a Monitoring
Coordinator and an Accounts Clerk as well as
a Logistics Officer.
There is a branch of BirdWatch Zambia on the Copperbelt and one in the
Valley. These branches are called “nests” and have their own birding
activities in the area that they represent.
|Chairperson - Mwape
Sichilongo (0966 442540)
- Sue Carruthers (0977
- Patricia Bingham (0966
- Guida Bell-Cross (0977 485446)
Newsletter/website - Vacant
Chalcraft (0966 747900)
Representative - Daniel Mwizabi (0977 603468)
|BirdWatch CEO - Moses Nyoni (0969 236399)
Copperbelt Nest - Kevin
Shone (0966 995500)
Luangwa Nest - Fil Hide ( 0978 345590)
Member - Rory
McDougall (0977 793008)
Member - Jerry
Grieve ( 0977 772481)
Member - Somba Chunda (0977 881053)
How is BirdWatch
core functions of the Society have always been financed from member's
subscriptions and other internal fund raising activities. In addition,
the Society, which has gained an enviable reputation for credibility
and accountability, has been successful in acquiring grant financing
for specific projects.
Current Project income is
from the following sources:
“Local participation in the sustainable use of selected important
biodiversity areas in Zambia – working together for birds and people”.
This project is funded by NORAD through the Norwegian Ornithological
“Instituting Effective Monitoring of Protected Areas (Important Bird
Areas) as a Contribution to Reducing the Rate of Biodiversity Loss in
Africa” This project is funded by the European Union through The Royal
Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
“Support for Mutulanganga IBA conservation and Mutulanganga
Community eco-tourism initiatives” Funded by the Global Environment
Fund through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
“Linking African Children to the global conservation community – for
the benefit of nature and people” This project was funded by the Jensen
Charity Foundation through Birdlife Africa
“Species protection and habitat conservation for the benefit of birds
and people – Local Avian Tourism and Black-cheeked Lovebird
Conservation Project” Funded by the Rufford Small Grant Foundation
through Project Manager Moses Nyoni.