EWCA Celebrates WMBD

By Leulseged Nigussie

Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) celebrates World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on May 13, 2011 at Abijatta Shalla Lakes National Park.
This year’s WMBD celebration held for the second time in Ethiopia and 6th worldwide from May 14-15, 2011 with a theme of “Land use Changes from a Bird’s Eye View”.
The celebration starts with youth band performing traditional music and dance and followed by local elders’ traditional blessing ceremony.
Ethiopia is endowed with different wildlife resources including the 16 Endemic Bird species, so we have to wisely conserve these natural gifts, says W/ro Elfinesh Woldeyes, EWCA’s Education Public Relations and Information Directorate Director.
Invited guest on behalf of Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), W/ro Zewditu Tessema on her part says, Ethiopia is a destination for birds from Europe, some part of Asia and Africa. So we need to warmly welcome these flying guests by keeping their destinations sustainably.
Ato Mohammad Kedir representing the Arsi Negelle Woreda Tourism Office explains, the office is doing jobs in collaboration with stakeholders and partners to conserve and promote the Woreda’s Wildlife Resources and to achieve the Country’s Development Plans.
Park Heads and staff, some EWCA staff and other participants attend the WMBD celebration.
WMBD is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs and bird watching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. WMBD activities take place in many different countries and places, but are all linked through a single global campaign and theme.
The conversion of natural areas into agricultural land, the construction of buildings, roads and dams, or deforestation are just some examples for the human use of land, also known as land use. Land use and land management practices have a major impact on natural resources including water, soil, nutrients, plants and animals. Migratory bird populations are particularly sensitive to land use and studies reveal that this is the major threat they are facing.