Environmental Education

Raptors Namibia at Sesfontein Conservancy

Many of the threats to Namibia's raptors and many of the misunderstandings surrounding these birds could be averted. If people were aware, for instance, of the important role that owls play in controlling pests such as rats, mice and insects, they might try to encourage owls rather than using pesticides to control these pests.

Raptors Namibia recognises the importance of environmental education in Namibia and, where possible, provides support for the production of educational resources, presentation of information to conservancies, schools, youth groups and so on.

Environmental education activities to date include presentation of workshops in Kunene Region in May 2006 to IRDNC staff, Field Officers, Game Guards and members of several conservancies, and staff of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. These focussed on giving a basic introduction to raptor conservation, with practical application through presentations and field work. Read the reportback on these workshops in the May/June 2006 newsletter.

A previous meeting, in April 2005, with conservancy committee members of Marienfluss, Orepembe, Sanitatas and Okondjombo included information about bird ringing, why we do it, the information we have gained from ringing and how conservancies can help us in the future. We discussed raptors in the context of ringing, where they have flown to, how long they live and how this information helps with the conservation of the birds. Read about these meetings in the May 2005 newsletter.

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