BirdWatch Zambia BirdWatch Zambia BirdLife International Partner Designate

What is BirdWatch Zambia?

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 degree of 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 Zambia managed?

BirdWatch Zambia 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 executive committee 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 full time office situated 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 Luangwa Valley. These branches are called “nests” and have their own birding activities in the area that they represent.

Committee BirdWatch Zambia 2012:
Chairperson             -     Mwape Sichilongo (0966 442540)
Secretary                 -    Sue Carruthers  (0977 925131)
Treasurer                 -    Patricia Bingham  (0966 698983)
Membership              -    Guida Bell-Cross (0977 485446)
Newsletter/website    -    Vacant
Birdwalk Coordinator  -    Pete Chalcraft   (0966 747900)
ZAWA 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 Zambia financed?

The 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 Society.

“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.

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Last updated: 7 Jan. 2013
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