http://www.arocha.org/int-en/work.html Important Bird Area Research & Conservation
From March 2005 to February 2008, with funding from the MAVA trust, scientists and bird experts from A Rocha Lebanon and SPNL (BirdLife’s national partner in Lebanon) conducted the most extensive bird research project ever undertaken in Lebanon. Over 30 sites were surveyed, through the seasonal cycle, for bird and other biodiversity importance. 320 site visits were conducted totaling over 3000 hours in the field. All data was submitted to BirdLife International and 11 sites were found to satisfy BirdLife’s rigorous criteria for designation as “Important Bird Areas” (9 of global significance and 2 of regional significance) more than trebling the IBAs identified in the country from 4 to 15. Following IBA designation, Support committees were formed at each site. Members were trained in bird identification and monitoring and site management statements were developed. A concluding workshop was held at the Ministry of Environment on April 2nd 2009 where results were presented, future plans outlined and the Lebanon IBA leaflet launched.
Community-based conservation By providing eco-bursaries which enable local youngsters to have a secondary school education, and involving their families in conservation activities, A Rocha Kenya is persuading communities around the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest that this site of outstanding conservation importance is worth protecting for themselves and for future generations. For the last ten years A Rocha France has been working with the communities around Vallée des Baux in Provence to change attitudes to wetlands. Half the valley has now changed from intensive farming to various forms of more environmentally sensitive management, including wetland restoration.