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IBCP to contribute to Pan-African Ornithological Congress

3 November, 2022

The Western Bluebill (Spermophaga haematina) is a resident of West and Central African rain forests. Photo by Nico Arcilla.

IBCP is excited to participate in the upcoming 15th Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC15), which will take place November 21-25 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We will facilitate a symposium on West African birds as indicators of biodiversity, which will include presentations on birds in Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

The Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) is considered vulnerable to global extinction by the IUCN and depends on protected areas for its survival. Photo by Sylvain Gatti.

IBCP scientists and affiliates will also join speakers at symposia on the plight of African hornbills and conservation innovation, addressing unsustainable land use linked to the declines of African-Eurasian migratory birds, and the multi-species action plan to conserve African-Eurasian vultures.

Hooded Vultures (Necrosyrtes monachus) have declined by an average of 62% across their range and are now listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. Photo by Nico Arcilla.

The Congress will include hundreds of participants from 55 countries, including 33 African and 16 European nations as well as Australia, Canada, Colombia, India, Malaysia and the USA. We look forward to what promises to be a richly rewarding opportunity to exchange and collaborate for bird research and conservation.

The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is one of many migratory bird species that nests in Europe and winters in West Africa. Photo by Nico Arcilla.

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