New technologies for conservation

Drones  are now used to count fish-eating birds in the Banc d’Arguin National Park (PNBA).

As part of BirdLife International Alcyon project “Conservation of West African coastal seabirds and their habitats“, funded by MAVA, a regional global survey of fish-eating birds in the Banc d’Arguin National Park  took place from 15-19 May 2019 with the use of drones. The census covered the islands and islets of the PNBA. This project is a component of the Wetlands Action Plan (PAZHOC) led and coordinated by the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM).

Led by a team of consultants composed of Mr. Eelke Folmer and Mr. Thor Veen, this census mission is the third one after those carried out in Senegal and Guinea Bissau. Around fifteen participants, including thirteen from the PNBA and two from the NGO Nature Mauritanie, participated in the survey.

The purpose of the consultants’ mission is, among other things, to strengthen the capacity of PNBA agents in census techniques, and to introduce them to the use of drones, which has become an increasingly popular tool for ornithologists in counting bird colonies. It is precisely in this context that the PNBA has acquired a drone which it will now use for its monthly missions to monitor endemic bird colonies.

This project is part of MAVA’s action plan to reduce disturbances on waterbirds in West Africa.

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