Successful Flyway Training of Trainers Workshop and Regional World Migratory Bird Day Celebration Held in Kenya

Bonn, 24 May 2013 - A group of
19 highly motivated participants from 13 Eastern and Southern
African countries successfully completed the first-ever
AEWA Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on the
Flyway Approach to the Conservation and Wise Use of Waterbirds
and Wetlands.

workshop took place at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training
Institute (KWSTI)
in Naivasha, Kenya, from 6 - 10 May 2013 and was immediately
followed by a major sub-regional World Migratory Bird Day
event at Lake Elementeita on 11 May 2013. Both events are
priority activities identified in the AEWA
Plan of Action for Africa 2012-2017
, which
was adopted by the 5th Session of the Meeting of Parties
to AEWA in La Rochelle, France, in May 2012.

Both the AEWA ToT workshop and regional
WMBD celebration were organised by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat
in the framework of the AEWA African Initiative and in close
collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, which is
the AEWA implementing agency in Kenya. The workshop was
made possible by funding from the Thematic Programme for
Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
including Energy (ENRTP)
Strategic Cooperation Agreement between the European Commission
- DG Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme
whereas funding for the regional World Migratory Bird Day
event at Lake Elementeita was provided by the Kenya Wildlife
Service and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)  European Commission Kenya Wildlife 

The central training resource used during
the ToT workshop was the Flyway Training Kit (FTK),
developed under the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW)
UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project. The FTK is a
unique training resource, which provides a practical framework
for trainers on how to conduct workshops and deliver trainings
at the national and regional level for different target

The AEWA ToT workshop assembled a diverse
group of participants from the region, representing both
governmental and non-governmental institutions, as well
as a wide range of fields of expertise, including ornithology,
environmental sciences, wildlife management and planning,
natural resources management, education and capacity building
and legal studies.

The ToT workshop provided participants
with the knowledge and skills to be able to design and deliver
national and/or regional training workshops on the Flyway
Approach, tailored for a wide range of target groups, ranging
from school children, to policy makers and technical experts.
The AEWA ToT workshop programme was highly interactive and
included an excellent mix of classroom lectures, group exercises,
indoor and outdoor activities and educational field visits.
Topics covered during the workshop included migration strategies
and challenges, site management planning, population dynamics,
waterbird monitoring techniques, flyway conservation policies
and capacity building in the context of flyway conservation.

AEWA ToT participants doing an outdoor exercise on "The Migration Challenge" at the KWSTI campus © Evelyn MolokoLed
by two experienced trainers, Tim Dodman (independent conservation
consultant) and Jane Wamboi (KWS),
this theoretical foundation was enhanced by practical exercises
as well as a number of field excursions, including to Lake
Naivasha and the Lake Nakuru National Park. These enabled
participants to apply their newly gained knowledge and skills
in practice. The workshop also provided opportunities for
participants to share knowledge and experience from their
countries and individual backgrounds.

In addition to the knowledge and skills
passed on through this ToT workshop, each participant was
presented with a bird field guide for their institution,
while binoculars were also provided for some of the institutions
represented. It is hoped that these materials will contribute
to increasing the capacity of these institutions for waterbird
identification and monitoring.

Having successfully completed the training,
participants declared their determination to make use of
the knowledge and skills they acquired during the ToT workshop
in their different roles and functions at the national level.
The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat looks forward to accompanying
ToT participants as they design and roll out similar national
training workshops in future, thereby helping to further
put the Flyway Approach to the Conservation and Wise Use
of Waterbirds and Wetlands into action in the region.

Regional World Migratory Bird Day 2013 Celebration

The AEWA ToT workshop was followed by a
regional World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2013 event which
took place in the Great Rift Valley, on the borders of Lake
Elementeita, on 11 May 2013. More than 300 guests, including
the ToT workshop participants, gathered for this first major
sub-regional WMBD celebration in Africa. The event took
place under the global World Migratory Bird Day theme “Networking
for migratory birds

Lake Elementeita was a very well-chosen
location, given its great importance for migratory birds
which earned it the recognition as an Important Bird Area,
a Wetland of International Importance, a World Heritage
Site and most recently a Wildlife Sanctuary, the latter
being officially launched during the WMBD event.

The celebration was accompanied by several
colourful and lively performances from school children and
community entertainers as well as speeches from various
dignitaries, highlighting the importance of conserving migratory
birds and their habitats. Among the speakers were Mr. Amos
Gatheca, County Commissioner of Nakuru County, Ms. Kuki
Gallmann, CMS Ambassador and Conservationist and Nick Nuttall,
UNEP Spokesperson and Director of Communications.

The participants of the AEWA ToT were honoured
to receive their workshop certificates from the representative
of Nakuru County. The event was also used to hand out certificates
and trophies to a number of key individuals, community-based
organisations, schools and conservation organisations which
have had a positive impact on the conservation of migratory
birds in Kenya and especially in the surrounding Lake Elementeita


Some ToT participants at the main entrance to the Lake Nakuru National Park, Ramsar Site and IBA © Birgit Drerup (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat) Some AEWA ToT participants identifying some waterbird species during a field excursion to Lake Naivasha Annexe © Birgit Drerup (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat) Invitees arriving at the venue for the WMBD event at Lake Elmenteita © Birgit Drerup (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat)
Participants from Eastern and Southern Africa participating at Jacaranda Hotel, during the WMBD event © Tim Dodman A view of Lake Elmenteita from the venue for the WMBD event © Tim Dodman School children reciting a nature-related poem for the WMBD event © Birgit Drerup (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat)

Last updated on 16 June 2014

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